Amorphis blev dannet i Helsinki i 1990 og albumdebuterede to år senere med dødsmetal-værket “The Karelian Isthmus”. Det var dog med den innovative toer “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” (1994), at bandet fik hul igennem til et større publikum, om end vi skal fem album længere frem i gruppens historie for at finde det helt store kommercielle gennembrud, der således kom med “Eclipse” (2006). Siden da har Amorphis udgivet yderligere fem album, der alle har kastet flotte hitlisteplaceringer af sig – senest “Under The Red Cloud”, der udkom i september 2015. Bandet, der i sine tekster ofte tager udgangspunkt i historiske finske begivenheder, har i løbet af sin karriere gennemlevet flere besætningsmæssige forandringer, men udgøres i skrivende stund blandt andet af tre af de originale medlemmer fra det oprindelige Amorphis.
Mini-interview med Jan Rechberger
What can the audience expect from the show?
“We are playing a lot of tracks from the latest album “Under The Red Cloud” – I think we have like six or seven tracks from that record. On top of that we have a nice collection of tracks from the band’s history along the years, so new stuff, old stuff and everything in between. It´s proven to be a very powerful and uplifting setlist, so I think you guys are going to enjoy it a lot.”
What merch do you bring?
“We have a really nice selection of merchandise with us – there’s lots of different styles of t-shirts, hoodies, records, patches, bags, underwear, you name it, and if you can read Finnish or German, we also have our book on sale.”
What song do you prefer performing live?
“At the moment my favorite is a track called “The Four Wise Ones” from our latest record. That song has a lot of energy and emotion to it, so it´s really fun to play live. A killer track.”
What is the best thing about being on tour?
“Well, for my behalf at least, I like to travel and to see places, especially ones that I have not yet been to, so if there´s time, you can go out and see some local attractions and stuff like that. But we are here for the music, so nothing beats the feeling after a successful show.”
What is the best thing about returning from a successful tour?
“I have a family, so obviously it´s great to get to see them again after a long tour. And it´s nice to just stay still for a while – that you don’t have to go somewhere all the time. But after a while it gets boring, and then it´s cool to hit the road again.”
How is the “Under The Red Cloud Tour” going?
“It´s going pretty good. We´ve done quite a lot of shows so far with this album, and it´s great to see that people are really into it, so no complains whatsoever. We still have a lot of shows to go, so let´s hope everyone in the band and the crew stays healthy.”