Concert Review: Amorphis -- Toronto, Ontario -- March 18th, 2017
I got these sets from setlist.fm and Iím questioning their accuracy. There was one song in Amorphisí set that Iím certain was listed as wrong. The rest of the songs for them and Swallow the Sun could all be wrong but Iím not familiar with a lot of their material so I donít know for sure.
Support: Swallow the Sun, Vesperia
Date: Saturday March 18th, 2017
Venue: the Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario
T-shirt worn: Star Wars: the Force Awakens "Kylo Ren"
I missed Vesperia and got to the venue five minutes before Swallow the Sun started up. I listened to them a bit ten or so years ago, so I'm sure ten years ago I'd have been all over this show. As it is I was mildly entertained. When they turned it up a notch they were pretty good. Their singer does have a wicked death growl.
Swallow the Sun (via setlist.fm)
1. Rooms and Shadows
2. These Woods Breathe Evil
3. Falling World
4. Heartstrings Shattering
5. Psychopathís Lair
6. Donít Fall Asleep (Horror Pt. 2)
7. Swallow (Horror Pt. 1)
Amorphis were one of the first underground death metal bands I ever got into in the late-1990ísÖjust as they were transitioning out of death metal into a bit more of a proggy sound. I saw them in 2008 and I hadnít listened to any of their albums since 2001ís ĎAm Universumí. Fast forward to here in 2017 (they havenít played Toronto or North America since that show) and I still havenít listened to any of their albums since 2001ís ĎAm Universumí. Theyíve just fallen by the wayside for me. And Iím not a very big fan of their new singer. At the show in 2008 they mixed up the older songs with the newer songs a bit better and I was able to get into that show a lot better. Tonight they saved all the older songs for the end of their set and those songs really sounded out of place. They donít really fit in with Amorphisí current sound. That made me sad. The crowd didnít seem to care for the older songs as much tonight as they did nine years ago. It was a lot younger a crowd and a little more ruckus. When I saw them in 2008 it was at a much larger venue and the place was sparsely filled. Tonight was packed. I still enjoyed Amorphisí set but it was all foreign material to me until the end. I think they played Sampo in 2008. And they probably played Skyforger then too because 2008 was the tour for that album. I really liked all the stuff that was new to me, especially the song Silver Bride. The only song I didnít care for was House of Sleep, one of the few songs post-Pasi Iíve ever listened to and Iíve never liked that song. I miss Pasi. Iím glad they didnít play Alone tonight because any of the songs recorded with him just donít sound right without him.
Amorphis (via setlist.fm)
1. Under the Red Cloud
4. Silver Bride
5. Hopeless Days
7. Bad Blood
8. The Smoke
9. The Castaway (setlist.fm said Into Hiding but Iím pretty sure it was the Castaway)
10. Of Rich and Poor
11. My Kantele
12. House of Sleep
13. Death of a King
14. Black Winter Day
Swallow the Sun
Amorphis (yes, that donks hand was up filming the entire show)