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Amaranthe confirm new album is in the works and set for autumn 2014 release

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 11th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish modern metal sextet Amaranthe have confirmed an autumn 2014 release for their currently untitled new album which will be released via Spinefarm. This latest piece of modern metal craftsmanship will be the follow-up to the band’s 2011 Amaranthe and 2013 The Nexus releases. Guitarist Olaf Morck comments:

2014 will indeed see the release of the next Amaranthe record. We don’t want to reveal any details yet, apart from this album representing a big step forward for Amaranthe musically – where Amaranthe and The Nexus were closely connected, this new album is bolder and more different… But, of course, with the trademark Amaranthe sound throughout! See you all on tour this spring with our last Invincible shows – and expect blown minds in 2014!

Amaranthe online:

http://amaranthe.se
http://facebook.com/AmarantheBand

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Amaranthe postpone Ukraine show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 2nd December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish pop-metalcore outfit Amranthe have postponed their Ukraine date due to the unrest affecting the country at the moment. The show which was due to take place on 14th December has now been moved to 14th February next year. The band stated in their announcement:

Management have in consultation with the promoter found a new concert date, 14th of February 2014 – if state then stabilized. We apologize to our Ukrainian fans and donate at the same time our thoughts are with those affected by the unrest.

In related news, Invincible, the third single from Amaranthe’s sophomore album, The Nexus, is out now, accompanied by a video directed by Patric Ullaeus. The video was shot on location in Hollywood, Las Vegas, the Nevada desert and the Grand Canyon, amongst other locations, and it’s certainly the most ambitious Amaranthe clip to date.

Amaranthe online:

http://amaranthe.se

 

Amaranthe announce three UK dates as part of headline European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 3rd November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Known for their mixture of metalcore and pop elements, Swedish band Amaranthe three UK shows as part of their headline European tour. The three UK shows will their first UK shows in support for their latest album The Nexus. Joining Amaranthe on all European dates will be fellow Swedes and label mates Deals Deathand Smash Into Pieces. Guitarist Olaf Morck comments:

At last, the time has arrived to announce our first headline tour of Europe! We are very excited to bring a special, full-length set to our fans throughout the continent! This tour finally includes our first dates in the UK in support of The Nexus.

UK dates are as follow:

05.04.2014 – 02 Academy Islington – London
09.04.2014 – Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton
11.04.2014 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham

In related news, the band also announced that screamer Andy Solveström is no longer in the Amaranthe ranks, and has been replaced by Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson. The band said:

After careful consideration, Andy has chosen to step down as the ‘growl vocalist’ in Amaranthe. His reasons are personal and best expressed in his own words. However, the split is completely friendly – Andy has been a brother through the last two and a half years of craziness, since the release of our debut album, and he will always be a central part of the Amaranthe family – not to mention, a fantastic screamer! We wish him all the best with his future endeavours.

But life goes on, and we are not planning to slow down, so… please welcome a new member to the family! Many of you have already seen and met Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson (Scarpoint), who filled in for Andy on our latest European & American tours! Henrik has real stage presence, tons of charisma and a great voice, and he’s already showed that he’s up to the extremely high standards we always strive for with Amaranthe.

Andy comments:

The time has come for me to move on. Myself and the guys have been through a lot over the past five years – traveled the world, played arena shows, done tons of gigs and picked up gold records, and all this in just two albums… amazing! I´m glad and humble to have had the chance to experience all of that, and now that I have chosen to move on, I want to thank the guys for the good times and the memories, and of course all the fans out there, too. You are, and always will be, in my heart. I hope to see you again soon.

Amaranthe online:

http://www.amaranthe.se
http://www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand

 

Amaranthe – The Nexus

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 14th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Amaranthe
The Nexus
Released March 2013
Power Metalcore/Synthcore
Released via Spinefarm Records/Universal Music

 

Amaranthe pretty burst onto the scene two years about with their self-titled debut album and since then have been dominating their native metal scenes whilst expanding further on the international scene. Hailing from Sweden, a country renowned for its metal and its pop, Amaranthe have been fusing the two together with hints of other genres as well.

The first thing that really sticks out on the album are the artificial flavourings in the clean vocals, making the synth-vocal combination sound off, especially during in the opening track Afterlife. The synths create a mixture of techno and power metal offerings, that interestingly blend with the bloodthirsty screams, fierce use of guitars and acutely destructive drum passages. Elize’s pop vocal melodies are reminiscent  of Nightwish’s last album though not as catchy, except during Electroheart.

The title track, The Nexus, is the most memorable track on the album due to the poignant chorus and the breakdown which is followed by a grand solo. Burn With Me, which features later on in the album is the softest song found on The Nexus, using softer vocal passages and cleaner guitar riffs whilst Electroheart the heavily techno aspect of the album, containing infectious lyrics and cumbersome synths. The metalcore screams and breakdowns still manage to make an appearance though. Technocore anyone? Razorblade is the song that will most likely sit well with power metal fans because of the brilliantly executed synth-and-guitar combination, though the vocals leave something to be desired.

The Nexus has an interesting sound that ranges from one side of the musical spectrum to the other but appears to have been over-produced and over-hyped. While it is an enjoyable album, it’s not something to write home about.

3.5/5

Nico Davidson

Amaranthe online:

http://www.amaranthe.se/
http://www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand