Original Version Digipack Version
1. Thousand lakes 2:03 1. Thousand lakes 2:03
2. Into hiding 3:46 2. Into hiding 3:46
3. The castaway 5:33 3. The castaway 5:33
4. First doom 3:52 4. First doom 3:52
5. Black winter day 3:51 5. Black winter day 3:51
6. Drowned maid 4:23 6. Drowned maid 4:23
7. In the beginning 3:38 7. In the beginning 3:38
8. Forgotten sunrise 4:54 8. Forgotten sunrise 4:54
9. To fathers cabin 3:50 9. To fathers cabin 3:50
10. Magic and mayhem 4:28 10. Magic and mayhem 4:28
11. Light my fire (The Doors cover) 2:52
total time 40:18 total time 43:10

Thousand Lakes


Into Hiding

The islander slips into hiding
And takes to his heels
Out of dark Northland
The murky house of Sara
He whirled out of doors as snow
Arrives as smoke in the yard
To flee from bad deeds

There he had to become someone else
He must change his shape
As an eagle he swept up
Wanted to soar heavenward
The sun burnt his cheeks
The moon lit his brows

The Castaway

A bird flew out of Lapland
An eagle from the North East

One wing ruffled the water
And the other swept the sky
It's tail skimmed the sea

It flutters, it glides
It looks, it turns round

"Why, man are you in the sea
Fellow, among the billows?"

First Doom

The mountains of North
Shall erupt and flames
Of darkland will raise
Hail to one who hails
Blood for one who bleeds

O you mistress of northland
Queen of darkland
I may wash my hands of the
Evil master's blood

For that is no man's doom
Which I bring
That is child's doom
And it shall be the First doom

Black Winter Day

This is how the lucky feel
How the blessed think
Like daybreak in spring
The sun on a spring morning

But how do I feel
In my gloomy depths?

Like the flat brink of a cloud
Like a dark night in autumn
A black winter day
No, darker than that
Gloomier than an autumn night

Drowned Maid

I went to wash at the shore
I went to bathe in the sea
And there I, a hen, was lost

I, a bird
Untimely died
Let not my brother
Ever in this world
Water his war-horse
Upon the seashore!

Waters of the sea
So much blood of mine
Fishes of the sea
So much flesh of mine

Such the death of the young maid
End of the fair little hen

In The Beginning

I have a good mind
Take into my head
To start of singing
Began reciting

We seldom get together
And meet each other
On these poor borders
The luckless lands of the north

Those words we have got
From the North's furthest fields,
From the heaths of Kalevala

Forgotten Sunrise

Once I had a mind
And thoughts was given

But nowadays, in this evil age
All my sense is somewhere else

Once I had a soul
I was one with my god

But now I am abandoned
Banished from these lies

Long my tale's been in the cold
For ages has lain hidden

I know how to bewitch fire
And how to fame flames
I know how to banish worms
And turn snakes away

To Fathers Cabin

O old man, good god
Careful man of heaven
Keeper of storm clouds
Make misty weather
And create a tiny cloud
In whose shelter I may go

Magic And Mayhem

Hey there, tiny wench
My perpetual serf
Put stew in a pot
Bring water for the guest

Before we part
Before your neck is broken
You strike first
Son of the north

Lyrics in plain text format

Line up

Tomi Koivusaari - Vocals / Rhythm guitars
Esa Holopainen - Lead guitars
Olli-Pekka Laine - Bass
Jan Rechberger - Drums
Kasper Martenson - Keyboards & Moog



All music arranged by Amorphis
Lyrics are based on Finnish national pole book Kalevala
Most of the lyrics are translated by Keith Bosley
All keyboard sections composed by Martenson
All clean vocals & speech by Ville Tuomi

Recorded and mixed at studio Sunlight, September '93
Engineered by Tomas Skogsberg & Amorphis
Produced by Tomas Skogsberg, Amorphis, Willian J. Yurkiewicz Jr.,
Matthew F. Jacobson and Markus Staiger
Cover art by SV Bell Illustration (Sjlvain Bellemare)
Mastered by Dave Shirk
Photography by John Viherva, Inna Aarniala & Darius Ramazani


I actually got this cd because I liked the front picture so much, but I'm lucky I did, because this belongs to the all-time best doom albums I think. There are a lot of folk melodies and clean vocals in the music, which gives it a quite unique style. Only problem I think is that with all the folk influences it sometimes gets just a bit too happy for good Doom metal. But except that, it's a great album.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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