As a collaborative effort, The Monolith staff run down their favourite albums released each month and present them to you, as a list, with words and pictures and music. It’s much like a lecture at the university of awesome, only you don’t have to look at us or make notes really. Best school ever.
Here’s September’s list, starting with:
Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
4th September – Nuclear Blast Records
Many legends end up flagging later in their careers, but not Amorphis. The veteran Fins instead managed a resurrection with 2009i’s Skyforger, and have been carrying along nicely ever since.
Under The Red Cloud is their newest effort, and is their strongest since the aforementioned album. It was actually a late entry into my Monthly List – I didn’t listen to it until a while after the release of the album – but it was immediately apparent that it was one of the strongest albums of the month.
While the songs don’t vary too much in terms of formula, they all carry excellent melodies and riffs. The title track opens strongly with a wonderful piano and guitar melody, and features a great keyboard and guitar solo trade-off.
The record doesn’t let up from there, giving us the amazingly catchy “Bad Blood” and “Tree of Ages” as well as their trademark light folkiness that really is more a hallmark of Finnish bands than anything else. Under The Red Cloud has been on repeat for a while now, and is perhaps second only to Skyforger in their discography