Posts Tagged ‘pop’

amaranthe-breaking-pointReview by Jeff Maki
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Amaranthe is hot right now. Its 2014 album, Massive Addictive (review), ignited the band’s flame in North America, a flame that had been burning in its homeland of Sweden for some time due to its 2013 album, The Nexus. The band is immediately recognizable by its three-vocalist attack of Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg and Henrik Englund, each one bringing a different style to the music—the beautiful and theatrical pop-diva, the clean metalcore singer and the death metal growler. I caught the band opening for Within Temptation in 2014 (read here), and Amaranthe is on a North American headlining tour as I write this (view dates here). Looking to keep the flame burning, the band has released a digital-only EP, featuring six acoustic tracks, along with the songs “Breaking Point” and “Splinter in My Soul,” which according to the band are “originals from the early days.” But is this EP worth your hard-earned digital dollars? (more…)

amaranthe-massive-addictiveReview by Jeff Maki
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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…)

warped-tour-2014
The 2014 Vans Warped Tour tour kicked off June 13th in Houston, Texas and will be on the road through August 3rd. In that time the tour will hit hit 42 stops in the US and Eastern Canada. Complete tour info including bands, dates, Warped FAQ and more can be found on the Warped site. In addition, Warped 101 is your destination for all things Warped. What time does the show start? What bands are playing at my stop? Where do I go to find out what time the bands are playing? Warped 101 is your summer guide to the Warped Tour show in your city. Want to know what stage your favorite Warped band is playing on this summer? Check out the 2014 Vans Warped Tour Stage Guide for the full breakdown inside: (more…)