Animating elements of modern metal, '70s progressive rock and fusing them with a superb sense of melody and structure, Finland's Amorphis have dared to defy preconceptions with every groundbreaking release. Formed at the height of the European death metal explosion of the early-90s, the creative core of Amorphis was, from the very beginning, distinctly different. Guitarists Esa Holopainen and Tomi Koivusaari, bassist Olli-Pekka Laine and drummer Jan Rechberger had a vision that would forever solidify their labor of love as an international force in heavy music circles. Under that line-up, Amoprhis recorded two full-lengths: The Karelian Isthmus (1992) and Tales from the Thousand Lakes (1994) which are both being reissued on vinyl in 2018 courtesy of Relapse Records. The progression between albums not only stunned their fans, but also piqued press interest worldwide. The latter, a longstanding Finnish metal masterpiece that forever took the genre to new heights, perfectly combines elements of heavy metal, doom, death metal and progressive rock.