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Amaranthe – Massive Addictive

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , on 2nd November 2014 by mickbirchy

Artist: Amaranthe
Album: Massive Addictive
Genre: Melodic Metal/Power Metal
Released on 20th October 2014
Via Spinefarm Records / Universal Music

Amaranthe Massive addictive

So after The Nexus did really well for them, Amaranthe comes back with their new record “Massive Addictive” and I’m not going to lie, this is not the best of follow ups.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent album but I feel they could have delivered so much more.  However, there is still a fair share of absolute belters. There are some well some well constructed riffs and melodies that keep this album interesting and fun.

The album opens on the track “Dynamite” which is a big sounding tune with a very pretty decent chorus, but it’s not really impressive, it’s  just an OK tune.  In fact I feel that’s the biggest compliment and the biggest insult I could give this album, it’s just OK.  With the exception of a few tunes it’s just mediocre with no surprises.  The next couple of songs are the two that served as the lead in, to this album, and both a catchy, fun tunes.  “Drop Dead Cynical” & “Trinity” just simply glorify everything that Amaranthe strive to be.  Solid riffs and a catchy chorus with alot of synth sound-fx that just elevate these song to great songs.  There some other really great tunes like “Digital World” and “Danger Zone”, which again capture that fun essence that Amaranthe is all about.

However with the good comes the average, and to be honest there’s a lot of that on this album.  I don’t hate any of these songs, hell, I don’t even dislike them.  Nevertheless, when you know what a band is capable of you want them to get better, and so many of these songs don’t really work all that well.  The two ballads of this record “True” and “Over and Done” just drudge along and don’t really give you anything interesting to keep you in the song.  Other tracks on this record just feel like generic power metal and offer little else.

All in all, this is an OK album. I enjoy it fine, but after The Nexus, I feel the band could have done more.  The songs that are good are really good and fun.  I look forward to anything this band puts out, and I look forward to seeing them live. This album however will tide me over, I would recommend this to fans of the band and the genre only, I don’t think this album could reach anyone else.

3/5

Mick Birchall

Dead By April – Let The World Know

Posted in Alternative, CD, Metal with tags , , , on 21st March 2014 by Pieni

Dead By April
“Let The World Know”
Pop metal
Released on 12th February 2014
Via Universal Music

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I’ve always had a WTF feeling whenever hearing something new from Dead By April, ever since the very first time I’ve listened to “Losing You” back in late 2008/early 2009. But then the songs would find their way through my ears and stick around, to the point where I would admit I liked them. Not this time. Actually, not since “Mystery”, the song they’ve tried taking to Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

“Let The World Know” is out for over a month now, I’ve listened to it several times, and the WTF feeling still lingers, meaning that, to me, this isn’t a good album. I should have guessed since I didn’t have any reaction, good or bad, to the first songs released to the public (“Freeze Frame”, “Empathy” and “As A Butterfly”). They sounded too average and nothing that they haven’t done before. As a friend of mine said,DBA is a band that covers itself”. And when “As A Butterfly” ends up being one of the best songs in the album after all, along with “Beautiful Nightmare”, that’s pretty bad.

When I reviewed “Incomparable”, I said that they had stretched the term “pop metal” to its limits, the pop being poppier and the heavy being heavier. The problem with “Let The World Know” is that the pop embraced its dance variety and the heavy is like a ghost – translucent and unnatural. Take “Done With Broken Hearts”, for instance. When Stoffe starts screaming is so abrupt, so out of place, that it feels like it’s just an excuse for them to keep using the word “metal” and not how the song really should have turned out (by the way, peeps, harsh/growling vocals isn’t enough to brand something as metal). And “Abnormal” will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a rave party! Pop metal, okay, that’s actually interesting. Pop dance metal, now that’s way out of line.

I won’t give up on them just yet, but “Let The World Know” won’t be part of any playlist of mine.

2 / 5

by Renata “Pieni” Lino

Dead By April reveal track-list and cover art for “Let The World Know”

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 9th December 2013 by Pieni

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Dead By April have shown the world today how “Let The World Know” will look like:
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The album will hit the stores on February 12th and the track-list is as follows:

1. Beautiful Nightmare
2. Abnormal
3. Empathy
4. Done With Broken Hearts
5. As A Butterfly
6. Same Star
7. Let The World Know
8. Peace Of Mind
9. Freeze Frame
10. Infinity x Infinity
11. My Tomorrow
12. Hold On
13. Replace You

Three of these tracks are already available on iTunes and Spotify – “As A Butterfly”, released last Friday, and “Freeze Frame”, with its B-side “Empathy“, which were released in May. The whole album is available for pre-order at http://www.bengans.se/minishops/deadbyapril/. “Let The World Know” is the third album of the pop-metal band (fourth if you count with the compilation of remixes and bonus tracks “Stronger”), first with screamer Christoffer “Stoffe” Andersson.

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New single of Dead By April

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 8th December 2013 by Pieni

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Swedish pop metal act Dead By April has released a new single called “As A Butterfly”. You can check it out at any of the following links:

Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/3arrwFOqurcmrPQJb2kPSb
WiMP: http://wimpmusic.se/album/23756653
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/asabutterfly
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ege8iRsCgGQ

This single will be featured in the band’s upcoming album, “Let The World Know”, due on February the 12th. Pre-orders can be made on this link.

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