2013 was quite an interesting year to me - but definitely in a good way, some dreams of mine even came true, too - so a trip to Helsinki and then at midnight the New Year gig performed by Amorphis was nice way to finish this year.
Naturally two songs from the latest album Circle were the first ones in the set. Shades of Grey is kick-ass start for the album and the same goes for a live perform as well. I heard that some people even sang along the melody of Esa's guitar solo, heh. Next one was Narrow Path, which actually is one of my favourites from Circle and for me it was kind of soundtrack of last summer, too. Besides I really like the folk-influenced melody in this song, which makes also an energetic and compelling live song - well, after this you know what I'm trying to mean. Then Sampo and Silver Bride from Skyforger and The Wanderer continued a series of those melodic kind of songs. But after this fivesome there was a series of some growled songs. This time My Kantele was played in the middle of set and not in the encore as usually. Nightbird's Song is still a song that sends cold shivers down back, it indeed has become one of my favourites when it comes to these growled ones. It has some rugged primitive aggression and yet manages intriguingly to be a melodic piece.
With You I Need, Hopeless Days and The Smoke the band returned to the melodic stuff. In a speech Tomi asked his band mates if they have composed new riffs for the next album. Nicu had one "fucking great riff", Snoopy played a short drum solo (which was bad in Tomi's opinion, heh), Koivusaari played country-inspired guitar thing and Esa played some black-metalish snippet with his guitar. Then the last songs were Sky Is Mine (I'm not still fed up with this little "classic song" from Skyforger), Black Winter Day (fitted quite well this snowless and thus black Christmas season, hehe), and naturally House of Sleep with vibrant community singing. So the band left, but soon Esa ran back to the stage as if he had forgotten something - and while running across the stage he suddenly threw handful of his plectrums to the audience, being all smiles!
Recently I haven't had listened to much Amorphis (thanks to my latest band discovery that has distracted my attention, heh), so today I had to listen to Circle again... at least to me this kind of turn of the year left good feelings. So, happy New Year to everyone!
Set list (not in a particular order
Shades of Grey - Narrow Path - Sampo - Silver Bride - The Wanderer - Against Widows - My Kantele - Thousand Lakes-intro - Into Hiding - Vulgar Necrolatry - Nightbird's Song - The Smoke - Hopeless Days - You I Need - Skyforger-intro - Sky Is Mine - Black Winter Day - House of Sleep