Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS have signed a new record deal with their longtime label home, Nuclear Blast.AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "I'm really happy to announce that AMORPHIS got re-signed to Nuclear Blast! It's nice to be working with such professional and familiar people. "AMORPHIS has done a lot of touring for the past two years around the globe and now it's time to head back to the studio. This means that the new album will be released next year! It has also been a really nice experience for all of us to play with [returning bassist] Olli-Pekka [Laine] again and for that reason, we're glad to have him participating in the making of the new record." Nuclear Blast CEO Markus Staiger added: "I'm really proud that we can continue working with AMORPHIS, one of the early Nuclear Blast bands, which went through the roof with 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' back in 1994. Additionally, they became really good friends of ours, which makes this working relationship even cooler. I'm already looking forward to their next album, because it's simply impossible for AMORPHIS to deliver a bad record." Longtime AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori exited the band in April over management issues. AMORPHIS recently completed the successful eighteen-concert "Under The Red Cloud" summer tour where they played arena shows with Danish rockers VOLBEAT, among others. To make the last "Under The Red Cloud" show even more special, the band has come up with a great idea: fans can "jump on stage" with AMORPHIS at the Circus in Helsinki on September 23 as part of a 360-degree experience. The gig will be streamed live, free of charge, but fans can still donate directly to the band on the streaming page. You can also win a limited-edition AMORPHIS VR headset and enjoy the show to the max. Photo credit: Denis Goria
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