Amorphis: Pasi Koskinen (vocals); Tomi Koivusaari (vocals, guitar); Esa Holopainen (acoustic & electric guitar); Kim Rantala (keyboards); Olli-Pekka Laine (bass); Pekka Kasari (drums).
Additional personnel: Mamba (percussion).
My Kantele is a follow-up to Amorphis' excellent Elegy. Elegy was an album that worked as a culmination point between death metal and progressive metal, and opened all doors in the rock world for Amorphis. My Kantele doesn't contain anything very new and special; actually, it seems that all four previously unreleased tracks are just leftovers from Elegy. That isn't a bad thing at all -- the new songs work well enough and of course these kinds of packages are gold for fans. The most interesting songs on the EP are the covers, Hawkwind's "Levitation" and Kingston Wall's "And I Hear You Call." Amorphis covered "Levitation" very, very well -- but unfortunately they copied Kingston Wall's arrangement of the excellent "And I Hear You Call," so it doesn't offer a lot. ~ Antti J. Ravelin