Origin: Helsinki, Finland  
Genres: Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
DISBANDED
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Page online: June 18, 2007
Last update/review: July 27, 2016

Amoral

Finland just keeps pumping out quality band after quality band, including this Helsinki-based group who formed in 2000. Stylewise, though, this is clearly a tale of two cities. The band's earlier efforts, such as 2005's Decrowning, plowed a middle ground between brutal and melodic death metal, expertly produced and played, and these albums were quite well received. But even on those earlier albums there were traces of a more rock sensibility, slight hints of mainstream accessibility, and these influences were brought to the forefront on 2009's Show Your Colors. Gone were the death metal vocals, courtesy of a new frontman. Gone were the more aggressive, technical riffing. Amoral had transformed itself into a melodic power metal band, almost overnight. That transition has continued on 2011's Beneath, as the band continues to forge its own new path. Needless to say, this rather abrupt change in direction sharply divided fans at the time, with some simply giving up on the band while others embraced the new direction. Since then the band forged a decent mid-level career, a career that in total spanned 20 years and seven full-length albums. In mid-2016 they announced that they would disband following a last show in January 2017.

Last Lineup

Ari Koivunen

vocals

Ben Varon

guitars

Masi Hukari

guitars

Niko Kalliojärvi

guitars/vocals

Pekka Johansson

bass

Juhana Karlsson

drums

Former Members/Guests

Silver Ots

guitars

Erkki Silvennoinen

bass (De Lirium's Order, Omnium Gatherum)



Discography


Wound Creations  
2004 Rage Of Achilles
  1. The Verge
  2. Atrocity Evolution
  3. Silent Renewal
  4. Solvent
  5. The Last Round
  6. Other Flesh
  7. Distract
  8. Nothing Daunted (Gallows Pole Rock n' Roll)
  9. Languor Passage
  • Ben Varon
  • Silver Ots
  • Niko Kalliojärvi
  • Erkki Silvennoinen
  • Juhana Karlsson



Decrowning  
2005 Spinefarm
  1. Showdown
  2. Lacrimal Gland
  3. Decrowning
  4. Tiebreaker
  5. Drug of Choice
  6. Denial 101
  7. Control Cancer
  8. Raptus
  9. Warp
  10. Bleeder
  • Ben Varon
  • Silver Ots
  • Niko Kalliojärvi
  • Erkki Silvennoinen
  • Juhana Karlsson



Reptile Ride  
2007 Spinefarm
  1. Leave Your Dead Behind
  2. Nerdvasion
  3. Hang Me High
  4. Mute
  5. Few And Far Between
  6. Snake Skin Saddle
  7. D-Drop Bop
  8. Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Fun
  9. Pusher
  • Ben Varon
  • Silver Ots
  • Niko Kalliojärvi
  • Juhana Karlsson



Show Your Colors  
2009 Spinefarm
  1. Random Words
  2. Release
  3. A Shade of Gray
  4. Year of the Suckerpunch
  5. Perfection Design
  6. Sex N' Satan
  7. Song for the Stubborn
  8. Vivid
  9. Gave Up Easy
  10. Last October
  11. Exit
  • Ari Koivunen
  • Ben Varon
  • Silver Ots
  • Pekka Johansson
  • Juhana Karlsson



Beneath  
2011 Spinefarm
  1. Beneath
  2. Wrapped in Barbwire
  3. Silhouette
  4. Things Left Unsaid
  5. (Won't Go) Home
  6. Closure
  7. Same Difference
  8. Hours of Simplicity
  9. Wastelands
  10. This Ever Ending Game
  11. No Future
  12. Of Silent Stares & Fire Lost
  • Ari Koivunen
  • Ben Varon
  • Masi Hukari
  • Pekka Johansson
  • Juhana Karlsson



Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows  
2014 Spinefarm
  1. On the Other Side Pt. I
  2. No Familiar Faces
  3. Prolong a Stay
  4. Blueprints
  5. If not Here, Where?
  6. The Storm Arrives
  7. See This Through
  8. On The Other Side Pt. II
  • Ari Koivunen
  • Ben Varon
  • Masi Hukari
  • Pekka Johansson
  • Juhana Karlsson



In Sequence  
2016 Imperial
  1. In Sequence (Prologue)
  2. Rude Awakening
  3. The Betrayal
  4. Sounds Of Home
  5. The Next One To Go
  6. Helping Hands
  7. Defuse The Past
  8. From The Beginning (The Note Part 2)
  • Ari Koivunen
  • Ben Varon
  • Masi Hukari
  • Niko Kalliojärvi
  • Pekka Johansson
  • Juhana Karlsson




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