Pounds decibels announced the publication of “Amorphis: The Official History of Finland’s Greatest Metal Band”, a fully authorized biography of the Finnish metal institution. Packed with tons of rare and never-before-seen photos, as well as a 16-page color section, the 360-page hardcover is exclusively available for pre-order in North America through decibelmagazine.com. Copies are expected to ship in early 2023.
Finally granted a correct English translation, “Amorphis: The Official History of Finland’s Greatest Metal Band“ deftly charts their tween/pre-teen’s bandAMORPHIS era to their rise as Finland’s most essential death metal band, thanks to their bold integration of doom, folk and progressive rock on metal milestones like “Tales of the Thousand Lakes”, “Elegy” and “Circle”.
Author Markus Laakso paints an engaging portrait of the rapid rise, creative and business failures, and triumphant rebirth of AMORPHIS through in-depth interviews with all current and former members of the group, as well as their countless collaborators throughout the group’s incorporable career. From their early days in the underground scene of the late 80s/early 90s, to their current position as globally recognized icons of extreme metal, the members of Finnish band AMORPHIS constitute an essential chapter of the last three decades of the history of heavy metal.
In a 2018 interview with Distorted Sound, AMORPHIS bassist and founding member Olli-Pekka Wool was asked which variables are crucial to the longevity of a band. He replied, “That’s a very good question. I’m not sure I’m the best person to answer this, but I think Isa [Holopainen, guitar] and tomi [Koivusaari, guitar] have been really determined with the band since day one. They never really had a master plan for the band. There were only four guys playing music for fun at the time, but it got more serious with record deals because the first albums did so well. It kind of exploded from there. It was something huge for us. It turned into big tours with people like LOST PARADISE, DISMEMBER, THERION, BURIED, etc. There weren’t too many big bands breaking through overseas in Finland at the time, so it was good for our country too. It was a bit accidental. There will always be that critical point where you have to decide where you want to be a serious musician or just one who plays for fun. It’s a different type of animal because when you’re serious, you have to take responsibility for the whole product. You have to play well, not be drunk on stage. When I was young in 1998, we played drunk and we didn’t play very well. We weren’t very professional.”