“Beneath” is the fifth album by Finnish heavy metal band AMORAL.
The Japanese edition was out on 19 October 2011 via Marquee/Avalon, before the European edition which was released 26 October 2011 via Imperial Cassette.
The album is produced by Janne Saksa & Ben Varon. It was recorded by Janne Saksa and AMORAL at Sound Supreme Studios, Hämeenlinna (Finland) in February 2011. Mixed by Janne Saksa and mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers Studios, Helsinki (Finland). Arrangements are by AMORAL. Programming on “Beneath” was made by Mikko P. Mustonen and programming on “Wastelands” by Janne Saksa.
“Beneath” continued on the path Amoral started with “Show Your Colors“. The emphasis is still on solid songwriting, big hooks, new arrangements and guitar riffs, but the scale is wider than before: From 9-minute epics “Beneath” to straightforward rock songs “Silhouette” and “Same Difference“, to nods to the band’s death metal past “(Won’t Go) Home” and “Staying Human” and talks between acoustic guitars and industrial landscapes in “Wastelands“.
The first single “Same Difference” was released in the beginning of summer 2011. The second single “Silhouette” was played first time on Radio Rock (FI) in October 2011 and was followed by a video. “Silhouette” has both electric and acoustic versions, from which the acoustic one is the original. The second video was made from the punk rock oriented track “Wrapped In Barbwire“, which pays obeisance to Guns N’ Roses video “Garden of Eden”.
14 February 2012 “Beneath” was released in the US via The End Records and in Mexico it was published 15 February. In Russia it was out 27 March 2012 via Fono Records. The album was ranked by public voting as the fourth best domestic metal album at the Finnish Metal Awards 2011 and the cover art reached the fifth place.