Amorphis - Elegy CD
Elegy arrived at a perfect time to cement Finland as a potent force for creative metal capable of reaching all the world's shores, with Amorphis as the spearheading act, joined by Sentenced, Waltari, Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, and in the following years Apocalyptica, Nightwish, Children of Bodom and Ensiferum among others. At the same time, Amorphis ultimate masterpiece contributed greatly to the development of progressive metal, and extreme progressive metal in particular, along with Opeth's debut and Death's 90s output. Yet somehow, it seems to me this chef d'oeuvre isn't recognized as strongly as it should be, nor given enough credit for the blueprint of the sophisticated Amorphis sound they would use in most of their posterior works, including their more alt. rock/final Koskinen years epoch, but especially during their much lauded current Tomi Joutsen era, that owes much to this hell of a release and constitutes its primary source of inspiration.