7. Amorphis – Elegy (1996)
Fundamentally ditching the death metal for a considered approach to Finnish folk influences and melodic progressive metal, Amorphis bravely set sail into unchartered waters on their third record.
Clean, almost classic rock, vocals competed with the cave dwelling guttural grumblings of old and the two disparate styles blended perfectly; Amorphis completing their metamorphoses into a band that transcended genre and created something utterly unique.
Elegy had it all; originality, intricate melody, acoustic guitars, crushing riffs and shrewd yet effective keyboards. Few bands have the courage to alter their sound this drastically and few labels would then have the courage to release it. Fortunately, Amorphis were no normal band and Relapse Records was no normal label!