Under the Red Cloud is the twelfth studio album by Finnish heavy metal band Amorphis, released worldwide on 4 September 2015 through Nuclear Blast. The album was produced by Jens Bogren, who was described as "just the right person" by keyboardist Santeri Kallio.[4][5][6] This would be the band's last album with longtime bassist Niklas Etelävuori who left in 2017.

Under the Red Cloud
Amorphis Under The Red Cloud.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 September 2015
StudioFascination Street Studios
Genre
Length49:56
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerJens Bogren[3]
Amorphis chronology
Circle
(2013)
Under the Red Cloud
(2015)
Queen of Time
(2018)

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Under the Red Cloud"Pekka KainulainenSanteri Kallio5:33
2."The Four Wise Ones"KainulainenEsa Holopainen4:40
3."Bad Blood"KainulainenKallio5:23
4."The Skull"KainulainenTomi Koivusaari5:04
5."Death of a King"KainulainenKallio5:14
6."Sacrifice"KainulainenHolopainen3:56
7."Dark Path"KainulainenHolopainen5:08
8."Enemy at the Gates"KainulainenHolopainen5:07
9."Tree of Ages"KainulainenKallio4:36
10."White Night"KainulainenHolopainen5:15
Total length:49:56

ReceptionEdit

Upon release, the album received critical acclaim. Cryptic Rock reviewed the album, finding that it had more of a focus on melody than the previous album, and it had a wider variety of instruments, which was more in line with the band's pre-2012 work. "The Four Wise Ones" was described as an "instant classic" song, "pure melodic death metal at its finest."[7] Cryptic Rock also saw songs that were heavy metal, folk metal and rock ballads.[7]

Under the Red Cloud debuted at #144 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 1,600 units in the USA in its first week.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 40
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 50
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 85
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[14] 25
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 11

PersonnelEdit

EngineersEdit

  • Lasse Väyrynen – Jan Rechberger's percussion
  • David Castillo – Martin Lopez's percussion
  • Jyri Riikonen – grand piano, Hammond and Rhodes
  • Jonas Olsson
  • Viktor Stenqvist

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Van Horn, Jr., Ray. "Under the Red Cloud - Amorphis". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Lawson, Dom (May 16, 2018). "Amorphis – Queen Of Time album review". Metal Hammer. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "AMORPHIS Complete Pre-Production For New Album". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. ^ Booth, Alison (4 September 2015). "Interview With Santeri Kallio, AMORPHIS: "We're extremely excited to hear some feedback from the fans"". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  5. ^ "AMORPHIS Keyboardist Santeri Kallio On Working With Producer JENS BOGREN - "He Was Always Shouting 'Give Me More Energy'"; Audio". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  6. ^ "AMORPHIS Under The Red Cloud". Nuclear Blast. Retrieved 3 Sep 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Amorphis - Under the Red Cloud (Album Review)". Cryptic Rock. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Amorphis: Under the Red Cloud" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2015. 37. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  17. ^ "AMORPHIS: To Release New Album "Under The Red Cloud" In September". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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