Amaranthe – Amaranthe (2011)

Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish power/melodic death metal(core) band formed originally under the name Avalanch by vocalist Jake E. Lundberg and guitarist/keyboard player Olof Morck and the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd, (screaming) vocalist Andy Solvestrom and drummer Morten Lowe joined the band. They has released one 4-song demo on their MySpace profile, entitled “Leave Everything Behind” in 2008. In 2009 they change their name into the actual Amaranthe due to legal issues. They singed to Spinefarm/Universal Records and  recorded during the summer of 2010 their debut album which was released on April 13th 2011 and it contains 12 intense, but melodious songs.
Actually the ace in the sleeves of this band is the ability to blend the classic heavy/power elements with modern, death and metalcore sounds and approach.Elize Ryd can sing like Agnetha Fältskog (Abba), but the guys bring force, energy and power and this mixture actually it sounds fresh and pretty convincing. Thanks God, Elize Ryd is not another Tarja Turunen, she’s more like Marie Fredriksson (Roxette) and the band sounds round, tight, powerful and solid, they write melodic, but also incisive songs, find the right balance between brutality and harmonies. It’s a nice listening, a colorful album with a couple of good tunes and a few inspired songs, in few words, a good and promising debut, they managed to found their own sound blending already existing trends and sounds.

Amaranthe – on MySpace
Spinefarm Records

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