Posts Tagged ‘Massive Addictive’


Review by Jeff Maki
I appreciate the over-the-top pop-metal of Sweden’s Amaranthe. I love its talented, sexy vocalist, Elize Ryd. I even like clean singer Jake E. and appreciate his Chester Bennington singing style. I even like its death metal vocalist—yes, the band has three vocalists—Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson. The band’s previous release, Massive Addictive, was Amaranthe’s breakthrough in the U.S. thanks to the hit single “Drop Dead Cynical.” I liked the band even more when I saw it open for Within Temptation in 2014. Amaranthe’s live show is the best of all of its metal styles (and Elize). When I heard the title of the new album, Maximalism, for the first time, I thought it was perfect. We were going to be getting Amaranthe to the max. (more…)



Amaranthe, the cutting edge outfit with the triple lead vocal attack, can now reveal the title, artwork, and release date for their latest studio album.

Titled Maximalism and due out via Spinefarm Records on October 21, the album is a hyper-modern, metallic beast. It’s the band’s fourth record since first joining forces back in 2008; produced once again by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Delain) and mastered by Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Apocalyptica, Dragonforce), it sees the Swedish/Danish sextet delivering 12 new tracks that fully live up to the “bigger, bolder” promise of the title.

Maximalism is the follow-up to 2014’s breakthrough Massive Addictive (review). View the album art and track listing inside! (more…)



Amaranthe will make their triumphant return to North America this spring for a headline tour. This marks the first time the band has cruised through the U.S. and Canada since last fall, when they served as main support for Within Temptation (Read the live review from the Rams Head Live date of that tour here). On this run, fans will enjoy the full Amaranthe experience, as it will be their show. View tour dates inside. (more…)

amaranthe-massive-addictiveReview by Jeff Maki
When I first heard Amaranthe a short time ago, I immediately pegged them for a band that someone like Kerrang would be all over. Featuring three vocalists—the beautiful siren, Elize Ryd; the death metal guy, Henrik Englund; and a power metal guy who looks like he was plucked out of Linkin Park’s lineup, Jake E.—they would have been all the rage and graced every metal magazine cover at Tower Records years ago. They’re pretty, slick and polished. I don’t know about magazine covers, but I can tell you their music video for “The Nexus” has an astounding 6.3 million views to date on YouTube, and the band proudly boasts they have 50 million plays on Spotify. Yet here in the U. S., they are still unknown. Will that change with the release of its third album, Massive Addictive?

Following the debut 2011 self titled album and the 2013 breakthrough album, The Nexus, the new album title makes perfect sense, because even for fans that are drawn to the more extreme metal bands, Amaranthe’s Soilwork/Epica/Linkin Park combination of styles molds death metal, pop, techno and power metal into a sound that is indeed massively addictive. (more…)

WT-hydra-tourReview by Jeff Maki
Led by the second most famous Sharon in metal, the Netherlands’ Within Temptation—as addressed from the stage by Sharon den Adel herself—has now been “on the road” for 20 years. The band emerged from Holland in 1997 with its debut album Enter and was the country’s best-kept secret for years. Steadily building popularity and acclaim across the Netherlands and Europe in the early part of its career, it wasn’t until 2007 that the band was finally able to to bring its brand of symphonic metal to North America. To my knowledge, this is only its third tour here, after the Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour in 2007 and the 2012 Unforgiving Tour (read live recap). Within Temptation is a huge band internationally, and its latest album, Hydra (Feb. 4, 2014) (review) even debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart here in the States. But it is still a rare and near exclusive opportunity to see them live in the U.S. They certainly have a healthy fan base here, especially in Baltimore, Md., as fans filled Rams Head Live up to the balcony and lined up at the merch booth all the way across the entire bar area. (more…)

A mere week after premiering the brand new song “Drop Dead Cynical,” the first sonic taste of the new album Massive Addictive, due out October 21 via Spinefarm Records, Amaranthe have followed up by debuting the accompanying and thoroughly majestic video for the song. It’s epic and visually arresting. Seriously, this is one video you do not want to miss because it is over the top in all the right ways. There’s more than a dozen MMA fighters, cheerleaders and lots and lots of pyro. That all adds up to one helluva an Amaranthe experience. Watch the video inside. (more…)

Amaranthe have debuted the song “Drop Dead Cynical” from their new album Massive Addictive, out October 21 on Spinefarm Records. The track the first worldwide taste of the Gothenburg band’s upcoming opus. The song is a perfect indicator of what fans can expect on Massive Addictive — a full-on blast of melody and metallic power. Listen inside: (more…)