The Tomi Joutsen era of Amorphis has yielded a streak of albums all met with critical acclaim and they're hoping to continue this level of excellence on their newest offering, Queen of Time. They've already dished out the kaleidoscopic "The Bee" and have now cut a video for the soaring new single, "Wrong Direction."

The opening melodies are a bit of a throwback to 1999's Tuonela and its leading track, "The Way," but here these shimmering facets are much more energetic. This momentum gets dialed back as rolling drums and a light chug serve as the backbone for a soothing verse. The signature melodies of "Wrong Direction" blossom again when the chorus comes into play and throughout the song, Joutsen, a dual-threat vocalist, keeps his growl caged, favoring his enchanting clean pipes exclusively.

“I guess Queen Of Time turned out as a massive surprise to all of us. During the rehearsing and pre-production we didn't have any idea that producer Jens Bogren had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. It's a very natural continuation to Under The Red Cloud but with steroids," comments lead guitarist Esa Holopainen. "The songs are more aggressive but there's more dynamics, harmonies and orchestral arrangements present. The result is Amorphis as something you've never heard before! Essentially, working with Jens worked really well. As a person he is very similar to us – we share the same kind of weird humor and we all like to work hard," he concludes.

Amorphis will kick off their co-headlining U.S. tour with Dark Tranquility on Sept. 7 with support coming from Moonspell and Omnium Gatherum. See a list of all the stops here and pre-order Queen of Time, out May 18, through the Nuclear Blast webstore.

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