Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS have started the year off by demoing songs for their upcoming twelfth studio album, due out in September. The band will start pre­production this March in Helsinki with producer Jens Bogren. The CD recordings will begin in April at Bogren‘s Fascination Street Studio in Sweden. The lyrics are written by AMORPHIS‘ spiritual mentor, Pekka Kainulainen.

Like ‘Kalevala’, they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind,” says Kainulainen. “Reoccuring situations where hope and uncertainty alternate. Attempting to gain advice from higher powers. The poems do not form a complete story per se, but they are drawn together by a certain theme. We live under a red cloud and once again, time weighs us.

The release of AMORPHIS‘ new album will be followed by a world tour, starting with shows in the band’s home country. AMORPHIS will the then hit the road in Europe with NIGHTWISH at the end of the year.