The latest album from Amorphis, The Beginning Of Times, has been certified gold in the group’s home country for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. The band members were presented with gold plaques commemorating the achievement this past Saturday, December 29 during their concert at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland. A photo of the occasion can be seen below (courtesy of Timo Isoaho).
Fan-filmed video footage of Amorphis performing a brand new song — tentatively titled “Mehtä” (English-language translation: “The Forest”) — on December 14 at Klubi in Turku, Finland can be seen below.
Regarding the band’s decision to perform a brand new track during their Finnish tour, Tomi said: “We just wanted to try how it worked, and it went [over] really well.
“We don’t want to play too many [new] songs, because people are recording [the shows with their phone cameras] and [posting] it on the Internet, and we don’t wanna spoil the album [for everyone].
“I was really nervous, of course, when we played it the first time, but it went over great. I think it’s gonna be an awesome live song.”
Regarding the direction of the new Amorphis material, the band’s guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen said: “While promoting’The Beginning Of Times’, we started to feel that we were giving the same explanations over and over again when people asked about the studio process and how the songs came about. Even though the music was very strong, the making process didn’t offer any surprises and appeared to be quite secured. Now the addition of a new dimension to the developing process has inspired us to focus on our material even more. The songs are extremely strong, bombastic and skull-pummelling.”