Every now and again I hear a band that sounds exactly like another band that I love. Amorphis is one of those bands. Making clever use of the same techniques and sounding really close to Faith No More, they manage to capture an awesome aspect of metal. I have heard many bands try to incorporate keyboards into hard-edge music but to no avail. Usually, the marriage of the keys to metal is a fatal disaster, but not here. Alone opens up the album with a smooth sounding guitar and keyboard lead in that blew me away. The tune breaks in to a hard groove that would spook even Metallica. The album seems to be set into a fantasy theme, but still holds its own with other bands such as Fragment. Shatters Within turns the tide of the album by reminding you of Duran Duran (but just a little harder). Its a great song that forces you to relive some of your 80s mistakes (I know I had many of those). Then its back to business with Drifting Memories with that driving guitar that could push a semi. Am Universum is a killer album with a great potential to make it big. With its hard edge and melodies it should definitely be a part of a metal lovers CD collection.