- Elize - Vocals
- Henrik - Screams
- Nils - Vocals
- Olof - Guitars & Keys
- Morten - Drums
- Johan - Bass
AMARANTHE have carved their name into the annals of metal in capital letters. According to some sources “melodic death metal” and somewhere else pegged as “metalcore” Amaranthe keeps driving genre purists loopy. Reviews of Amaranthe‘s style are varied, though they all acknowledge that they are mainly a subgenre of heavy metal. According to AllMusic, Amaranthe‘s musical style mixes death metal with melodic pop music, giving for a feel of metalcore overall. Lead singer Elize Ryd acknowledges the difficulties in trying to ascribe their music to one specific genre and describes Amaranthe‘s sound as “dance-rock with a taste of death and modern/melodic metal,” though she admits that, unlike death metal, their focus is on “positive energy” and “open[ing] up minds [and] give[ing] passion, strength and love”. MusicMight classifies the band as melodic death metal and power metal. Sputnikmusic’s overview of the band refers to them as an outfit that is a hybrid of metalcore and power metal, more specifically, combining heavy riffs and breakdowns with Ryd‘s “soaring vocals.”
Formed in 2007 by Olof Mörck (Dragonland, Nightrage) and “Jake E” Lundberg (Dreamland, Dream Evil) in Gothenburg and sporting 3 singers, each with characteristics of their own, Amaranthe sound like no other band – timeless, pop choruses coated with an icing of three layers of sublime singing and growls. The band was originally called Avalanche, until May 2009, when they were forced to change their name, due to legal issues. The members chose to rename the band Amaranthe. They later released their first demo, Leave Everything Behind.
In April 2011, their self-titled debut album, “Amaranthe“,was released via Spinefarm Records to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland. “Amaranthe” was the 84th most played album on Spotify worldwide, counting all genres. After a completed run of 92 live shows they returned to the studio.
March 2013 saw the release of “The Nexus”. Extensive touring followed, more chart entries garnered – The album reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the US Heatseekers charts.
In October 2013, harsh vocalist Solveström left the band and was replaced by Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson (Scarpoint). Almost exactly a year later, October 2014 saw the release of Amaranthe’s 3rd outing MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. The album immediately charted in 6 countries, reaching #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
The band’s 4th album “Maximalism” was released in October 2016. The album charted everywhere, reaching #1 on the Billboard Heatseakers, Top 100 Billboard & #3 in Finland.
In November 2016, male clean vocalist Jake E announced that he would take a break from the band. In February 2017, he announced that he was permanently leaving the band. In March 2017, he joined CyHra. In July 2017, Amaranthe stated on their Facebook page that Nils Molin of Dynazty would join the band as their permanent vocalist, after filling in for Jake E on tour dates.
On July 20, 2018, the German band Powerwolf released their album The Sacrament of Sin. Amaranthe appeared on the “Communio Lupatum” of that album with their cover version of Powerwolf’s “Army of the Night” (originally from the album Blessed & Possessed, which was released on July 17, 2015).
On August 10, 2018, they released their new single, “365“, from their new album Helix, which itself was released on October 19.
Helix / 2018
Helix is the fifth studio album by the Swedish-Danish heavy metal band Amaranthe. It is also the first album featuring the band’s new clean male vocalist Nils Molin (Dynazty), since the departure of the band’s former clean male vocalist Jake E.
01. The Score
08. Breakthrough Starshot
09. My Haven
Maximalism / 2016
3. That Song
5. On the Rocks
9. Break Down and Cry
Maximalism is the fourth studio album by the Swedish/Danish metal band Amaranthe. It is vocalist Jake E.‘s final album with the band.
Massive Addictive / 2014
Massive Addictive is the third studio album by the Swedish/Danish metal band Amaranthe. It is also the first album with Henrik Englund (Scarpoint) on harsh vocals, replacing former growling vocalist Andreas “Andy” Solveström, who left the band in 2013.
The Nexus / 2013
The Nexus is the second album by the Swedish/Danish metalcore band Amaranthe. The album was released on varying dates in March 2013, starting on the 13th in Japan and concluding on the 26th in the US. The Nexus is a development of the sound and ideas Amaranthe introduced on their first record. The band stated that they felt “the contrasts are greater, the mix and blends of genres is more controversial, and more creative freedoms were taken in this album.” The album is also the first one to include a song (“Burn with Me”) without any harsh vocals. It is also the last album to feature harsh vocalist Andreas Solveström.
Amaranthe / 2011
Amaranthe is the debut album by the Swedish band Amaranthe. The album was released April 13, 2011 (iTunes release: April 11, 2011) and reached No. 35 on Swedish and No. 16 on the Finnish Charts. It also topped the Japanese Import charts beating Lady Gaga. A deluxe edition was released in October 2011, featuring two bonus tracks and a DVD.
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