Greetings Amorphis team,lets take a start with your latest album “Eclipse”. What is the inspiration behind eclipse?And how are the responses so far?
The response has been great so far. Musically I think the album is pretty much inspired by our 15 year long career as a band, there’s a bit from the past and some new stuff. Lyrically it’s mainly insperied by Kullervos story. He’s the son of Kalervo. Kalervo and his whole family gets killed by Untamos gang, but he had done his thing with his maid who stays alive and gives birth to Kullervo. Things don’t work out for Kullervo and Untamo so he sells him to Ilmarinen. His bitch wife tries to kill Kullervo, so he gets into black magic and creates quite a mess. Then he escapes and finds a magician woman who tells him that his parents are alive. On his journey he bumps into a girl. After sex they find out that she is his lost sister, so she jumps in the river and she drowns. He is quite a character and a self destructive person, to make a long story short.
Amorphis is 15 years old already. How hard has it been to get to this point?So much dedication,changes in the style,albums,promotions…
In Amorphis everything is possible. There’s been a different line-up on every album and a lot of musical changes over the years. At times it’s been very hard but still the music keeps us going.
Have you ver thinking of using your ex logo in your artworks etc?Or did you totally resed anything related with the past?
We’ve used it on some merchandise, I don’t think it will return to an albumsleeve.
Where do you feel your main fan base / support tend to lie?
It’s quite wide spread all over the place. We have a strong fan base in our home country but also in many places between Moscow and New York, it’s impossible to pick one place.
When you`re playing at a metal festival or in some related gigs, who do you prefer to be playing alongside you and where?
Usually it’s not up to us to choose, but bands we’ve have had a good time playing with are for example Moonspell and Opeth. It’s always fun to meet them and play with them to name just a few.
Like many,The first Amorphis album I bought was `The Karelian Isthmus`. How do you feel Amorphis has progressed since then? Do you think you`ve achieved what you originally set out for?For you,is this a planned progress or is this totally natural?
We’ve been living one day at the time. I don’t think that back in the early 90’s anyone thought that this would go on for as long at it has. But we enjoy what we do so that’s why we still go on. I think the musical changes etc over the years is one reason that has kept it all interesting for us.
It is generally usual to ask bands about their fave bands/songs etc.Yet I want to ask whether is there a band which you find really disgusting? Do you have any names for us to reveal here ?
Well, any band that doesn’t take care of their hygiene on tour. Musically I haven’t heard anything that made me feel sick yet.
Are you fond of discovering new bands? If yes can you give some names that you discovered accidentally ? On the other hand, there can be also new bands that you can recommend for the ugly readers of Frost Magazine?
I like to go and see new bands. Lately I’ve seen Swallow The Sun they are really good and one fusion grind duo called Cause For Effect they are way out there.
Do you have any new plans for the future of the band? Will you sustain the same atmosphere again or will you follow any new ways of expressing thy own thoughts via new musical veins?
It hard to predict at this time, I think we found a good wibe for Eclipse but let’s wait and see what the future brings us.
Another weird one on the way;Are you married? And what kind of effects could marriage have on the creativity of the artist? Have you ever thought of this? It sure one may be more creative when he is alone,yet what about a man married with children!?
No I’m not so I don’t really know, Tomi Joutsen is getting married this years so we have to wait and see. I guess it depends much on what kind of person you are, it shouldn’t effect the creativity of a creative person.
Are any of the current band members involved in other musical activities outside Amorphis?
I think we all have some projects, but we do them only when there’s time off from Amorphis. There’s all kinds of music from grind to pop, but it’s just for fun.
On the other hand,have you ever though about the negative sides of the “side-project”?Dont you think that musician can be more effective when he focus on only one band,one Project?
A side project can give you new ideas for the main band and also you can let out stuff that wouldn’t fit in the other. I think it’s better at times to have side projects so you don’t wear out you main focus.
What do you think of the fact that more an more people in Northen Europe commit suicide?Could it be a kind of phenomenon?And,do you think can any kind of connection be made between the interest in self destruction and the musical taste of the persona?
I think Finland is ranked pretty high on the world suicide chart. I think it’s a mental thing it shouldn’t be related to music. If someone listens to something while killing himself it’s not the records fault.
The Last weird one;do you have any question that you wanted to ask me?
Is there any good venue for us to play in Istanbul, the last one broke down while we played so the set got a bit short so we could come over and finnish it?
Thanks a lot for your help. Finish this interview quoting the words of a man you admire the most please?
I’m not the biggest admirer but I think James Dewar said wisely when he said “Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.”
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