Posts Tagged ‘pop metal’

In-Flames_The-End-albumReview by Jeff Maki
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There was a turning point in the evolution of In Flames’ sound in the early 2000s. Fans cite either 2002’s Reroute to Remain, (which featured more clean singing, melody and even a borderline country music song) or 2004’s Soundtrack to Your Escape (an industrial metal album, which, at the time, was its most commercial-sounding release to date) as the albums that “abandoned” the band’s signature melodeath sound. Come Clarity (2006), A Sense of Purpose (2008) and Sounds of a Playground Fading (2011) rode the fine line of heaviness and accessibility, and even yielded some new fan favorites along the way. Then came Siren Charms (2014,) and for many of the fans still left, this was the final nail in the coffin. I’ve been a fan of most of In Flames’ post-melodeath era albums, even Siren Charms. The album had a somber mood and explosive parts throughout. But now with In Flames’ 12th studio album, Battles, and yet more drastic changes in sound and personnel, will they be able to retain me as a fan? (more…)

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Review by Jeff Maki
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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…)

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Amaranthe have dropped the video for their latest single “That Song” from their epic and gloriously over-the-top new album Maximalism.

The record is out October 21 on Spinefarm Records and finds the band further expanding its pop x metal hybrid style. The album is full of songs so catchy that they embed themselves in your brain for hours and “That Song” is easily one of the most memorable Amaranthe songs to date.

The clip mixes a gripping narrative and performance footage. It finds the members of the band playing a variety of roles, as musicians in blue collar gigs at the crossroads in their lives. It offers frenetic, high energy visuals. Watch it inside now! (more…)

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Amaranthe

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…)