One of the most experimental of Death Metal albums back in the mid nineties, "Elegy" was one of those experiments that sighted forwardness without being dubious for one second, they knew what they were doing, it's all reflected in the music. By composing and recording songs like "Against Widows", "The Orphan" and "My Kantele", the band had proven themselves musically, yet again some would say, the music was open minded and colourful but still conversed the band's Death Metal beginnings, only in a more groovy way. AMORPHIS are more detailed on this album, that's why it doesn't sound like a Death Metal record, but those who listen hard enough will find something original. Some of the more "Metal" tracks are the melodic "Against Widows" (a timeless gem) and the Folkish "On Rich And Poor". Tomi?s indecipherable growls weren't always picture perfect, the addition of Pasi Koskinen (SHAPE OF DESPAIR, AJATTARA) made some of the music go a lot smoother and he does have a nice tone.
People's opinions on which AMORPHIS album is superior often battle between "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" and "Elegy", a tough decision to make, maybe "Elegy" because the songs are richer and the sound is better.