Amorphis are back, and if the first taste of Queen of Time is any indication, they are about to throw down a one-two punch with this album.
This marks the progressive metallers 13th studio album, and it was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Marth, and Kreator ), with cover art by French artist Jean “Valnoir” Simoulin from Metastazis. It will be released on May 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The band have released the first track from the album, entitled “The Bee.”
Guitarist Esa Holopainen comments:
This song is a very powerful opener and gives a nice picture of what the whole album is all about. You can already hear some new elements like choirs and orchestral arrangements in it.
Vocalist Tomi Joutsen adds:
Of course, the lyrical inspiration is a bee, also in a metaphoric way. The tiniest thing can sometimes be the most important thing. A bee can bring life or if we destroy all the bees, life will stop here. It’s a very beautiful animal, that’s why you can find it on the album cover too. The track itself is a kind of progressive and I’m sure that it will surprise some fans in a positive way. We love it!
Amorphis will embark on a North American tour this fall with Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, and Omnium Gatherum. Check out the dates below.
07.09. USA New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
08.09. CDN Montréal, QC – Théâtre Corona
09.09. CDN Québec City, QC – Impérial de Québec
10.09. CDN Toronto, ON – The Opera House
11.09. USA Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center
12.09. USA Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre
13.09. USA Joliet, IL – The Forge
14.09. USA Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
15.09. CDN Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre
17.09. CDN Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
18.09. CDN Calgary, AB – Dickens
19.09. CDN Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
20.09. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon
22.09. USA Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
23.09. USA Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
24.09. USA West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
25.09. USA San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
26.09. USA Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom
27.09. USA Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
28.09. USA Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
29.09. USA Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
01.10. USA Dallas, TX – Trees
02.10. USA San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
03.10. USA Houston, TX – Scout Bar
05.10. USA Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
06.10. USA Lake Park, FL – Kelsey Theater
07.10. USA Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
09.10. USA Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
10.10. USA Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
11.10. USA Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
12.10. USA Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
14.10. USA Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Check out the lyric video for “The Bee” below, and pre-order Amorphis‘ Queen of Time from Nuclear Blast Entertainment here!