On August 11, Redd of Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with Esa Holopainen, guitarist and founding member of Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS, at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
AMORPHIS' eleventh album, "Circle", was released on April 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. Production and mixing duties for the follow-up to 2011's "The Beginning Of Times" were handled by HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with such bands as CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR. The recordings took place at Petrax Studio (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. The cover artwork was created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHIN, DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL).
Commented AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen: "The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album's protagonist find a new path for his life."
"Circle" track listing:
01. Shades Of Gray
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird's Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man's Dream (bonus track)
The album's limited digibook version comes with a bonus DVD containing the following:
* The Making Of "Circle"
* Nightbird's Song (video clip)
Apart from the CD+DVD digibook version, "Circle" was made available on CD (without the bonus track), black 2LP in gatefold, brown 2LP in gatefold and as a bulging limited box, including three bonus tracks and a wristband — exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail order.