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Amoral

Amoral is a death metal band from Helsinki, Finland. Their music has elements from such genres of heavy metal as melodic death metal, thrash metal and progressive metal with a technical style of playing. Amoral has released two albums and performed extensively in bars, clubs, festivals and other venues in Finland, Europe, and Japan.

Biography

Early times

Amoral was formed in 2000 by Varon, Karlsson, and Ots; their first vocalist was Matti Pitkänen. Pitkänen was substituted by Kalliojärvi initially as a temporary replacement, then as a member of the band. Former band members also include Ville Sorvali from Moonsorrow as a bass player. Before Sorvali joined Amoral, the bassist's position was open for a period of time, and the bass track on some of their demos was played by Ots. Amoral released two demos, Desolation and Other Flesh, with varying line-up and played some minor gigs before releasing their first full-length album.

Wound Creations

Amoral signed with Rage of Achilles Records and released their first album, Wound Creations, in 2004. The bankruptcy of Rage of Achilles followed not long after and Amoral was discovered by Spikefarm, a division of Spinefarm Records, a major Finnish rock and heavy metal record label. Under Spikefarm Records, Amoral re-released Wound Creations and added a bonus track ("Metamorphosis" from an early demo) to mark the new release version. The album has received predominantly very positive reviews from metal magazines and webzines around Finland and Europe, and Amoral played numerous gigs following the release and thenceforth. Their rise from the underground metal scene was further marked by a month-long European tour with renowned metal bands Finntroll and Naglfar. Amoral was also lined up for Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2005, the main heavy metal festival of Finland.

Decrowning

Soon after the European tour, Amoral returned to the studio to record their second album, Decrowning, over the spring and summer. The album was released in Finland and several other countries in October 2005 and in Japan and the United States in March 2006. The second album has similarly gathered generally praising reviews, and a music video has been shot for the song "Lacrimal Gland". The band also embarked on a second European tour in the spring of 2006. The 37-date tour was headlined by Dark Funeral and Naglfar, and supported by Amoral, Endstille, and Asmodeus. Amoral has since played a showcase gig in Japan and a mini-tour in Italy. Late 2006 and early 2007 saw fewer gigs.

Reptile Ride

Amoral's third album was first announced on their website in early July 2006. The album was recorded in Studio Sound Supreme in Hämeenlinna in early 2007. The name of the album was later confirmed to be "Reptile Ride", and was released on August 15th 2007. A video has already been shot for the opening track of the album, "Leave Your Dead Behind".

Members

Current members

  • Niko Kalliojärvi - vocals
  • Ben Varon - guitar
  • Silver Ots - guitar (ex-bass guitar)
  • Juhana Karlsson - drums

Former members

  • Erkki Silvennoinen - bass guitar
  • Matti Pitkänen - vocals
  • Ville Sorvali - bass guitar

Releases

  • Desolation demo (2001)
  • Other Flesh demo (2002)
  • Wound Creations (2004, Spikefarm Records)
  • Decrowning (2005, Spikefarm Records)
  • Reptile Ride (August 15, 2007, Spikefarm Records)