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Review of the Album "Skyforger" 2009 by Finnish Band Amorphis

Updated on February 9, 2018

Skyforger Album Cover

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What are the Lyrical Themes of the Album Skyforger Based On?

By now, some of you may think that I really love to cover the band Amorphis and their career. You are correct because I got the urge to review and analyze their 2009 studio album called "Skyforger." As was the case with the band’s two previous albums Silent Waters and Eclipse, the lyrics are based on parts of the Kalevala, a huge volume of poetry and the lyrics are written by Pekka Kainulainen.

Skyforger Ranked Very Well on Finnish Musical Charts

The album peaked at #1 on the Finnish albums chart which is not a surprise to me. Finns love their heavy metal and they take the time to really refine and perfect the art of guitar play with melodic and intricate melodies.

Why is Amorphis a Special Enough Band Worth Covering?

Amorphis is one of those heavy metal bands that is special enough to cover by writing about them because of their ability to experiment and or change styles, adapt and still be successful. The best heavy metal bands are those that can successfully experiment with different styles of music and still create a kind of winning formula musically or those bands that stick with one style but refine it to be excellent.

Skyforger is a Difficult Album to Analyze and Interpret

The one thing that is challenging when analyzing a musical work is when you try and interpret an album with lyrics based on a volume of poems because often times the lyrics symbolize something. One example of this is the song called Course of Fate. The song is about a man that experiences the war firsthand and then loses his wife and then he has to come to terms with that loss.

From the Heaven of My Heart

Skyforger Songs 4 Through 7

Sky is Mine is a song about a person that comes home to what is described as a house of solitude as he spends some time in grief. Once he is informed of what his destiny is, he is able to create what is called the master’s sword. Not all of us are fortunate enough to find out what our life’s mission or destiny is or we find it later in life. The song called My Sun sounds much like the kinds of songs that Finnish band End of You always work on creating. Highest Star is a song that tells the story of how a person’s spirit used the power of the gods to rise to the highest level spiritually.

Skyforger is not one of Amorphis' Best Albums But it is Decent Enough

Even though Skyforger ranked so well on the Finnish musical charts it is not one of their best albums in their career. The strongest songs in this album are From the Heaven of My Heart, Sky is Mine, and My Sun. The album has a good use of piano and keyboards in the third song and it is good to see the band use their death metal vocals again but the songs just are not strong enough for the album to be considered as good as Tales from the Thousand Lakes, Elegy, or Am Universum. The album is better than 2006’s Eclipse though.

Course of Fate

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