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Amorphis - Privilege of Evil
Review: A grittier, darker and faster version of the death metal that was effective later on The Karelian Isthmus, this brief glimpse at older Amorphis shows a band making death metal from pure rhythm with overtones of melodic composition. On this release, the appearance of melody is present where it is continuous and further fused on later work. Songs follow basic formulae and work within basic rock or metal theory, but with a distinctiveness in form and melodic content varying with each track there is an inner spirit of creativity encouraged here.
While arguably Amorphis peaks later in existence, these tracks remain favorites for their complete lack of artifice, leaving only a direct and visceral exercise in the emotions behind the formation of death metal. Sensual and straightforward these songs roll through their paces and do not exceed standard technique, but give to it a unique voice in riff creation and the beginnings of the broader visions tinging their first full-length album.