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Finnish masters of melacholic dark metal, , have revealed the cover artwork and track listing to their upcoming 11th studio album Circle. The album is set to be released on April 19, 2013 (Europe) and April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. Circle, The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) was produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR). Tracking was done at Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki, Finland.

Vocalist Tomi Joutsen commented on the cover artwork, created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHIN, DEVIL SOLD HIS SOULwww.facebook.com/artoftombates): “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.”

Pekka Kainulainen, who wrote the lyrics for the album and devised the storyline for the record recently elaborated on Circle’s concept:
“The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from some other time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival.

Circle CD+DVD digipak track list:

  1. Shades Of Gray
  2. Mission
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Narrow Path
  5. Hopeless Days
  6. Nightbird’s Song
  7. Into The Abyss
  8. Enchanted By The Moon
  9. A New Day
  10. Dead Man’s Dream (Bonus Track)

Bonus DVD:
– The Making Of Circle

– Nightbird’s Song (video clip)

Circle jewel case CD track list:

  1. Shades Of Gray
  2. Mission
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Narrow Path
  5. Hopeless Days
  6. Nightbird’s Song
  7. Into The Abyss
  8. Enchanted By The Moon
  9. A New Day

Circle will also come as a black 2LP gatefold vinyl, a brown 2LP gatefold vinyl, and a limited box that includes 3 bonus tracks + a wristband. These versions will all be exclusively available via the Nuclear Blast webshop.

Studio reports:
Part 1 http://youtu.be/fLdUj7wm2PM
Part 2 http://youtu.be/VTHcE6Z4lPM
Part 3 http://youtu.be/hLbHuMS_IkQ

For more info visit: www.amorphis.net | www.facebook.com/amorphis | www.nuclearblast.de/amorphis

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