Review by Jeff Maki
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…)
Posts Tagged ‘Swedish metal’
Tags: Acoustic, Amaranthe, Breaking Point, Elize Ryd, EP, female-fronted metal, Henrik Englund, Jake E. Lundberg, pop, sweden, Swedish metal, symphonic metal
Review by Jeff Maki
Tags: alternative metal, Anders Friden, Everything's Gone, In Flames, Lyric video, melodic death metal, Mikael Åkerfeldt, new releases, North American Tour, Opeth, Pale Communion, Siren Charms, sweden, Swedish metal, Tour Dates
Swedish metal stalwarts In Flames released its 11th album, Siren Charms (review) today, and to accompany it they’ve released a brand new lyric video for “Everything’s Gone,” one of the many standouts on the record. Listen inside and go pick up the #1 metal album on iTunes today! (more…)
Tags: A Sense of Purpose, alternative metal, Anders Friden, Björn Gelotte, Clayman, clean vocals, Colony, Come Clarity, Daniel Svensson, experimental, female vocals, folk, Hard rock, In Flames, melodic death metal, Niclas Engelin, nu-metal, Peter Iwers, power ballad, Reroute to Remain, Rusted Nail, Siren Charms, soilwork, Sounds of a Playground Fading, sweden, Swedish metal, the living infinite, Through Oblivion
Review by Jeff Maki
As I write this, Siren Charms’ official release date is still a few days away, but going off of early fan reactions and online reviews, you would think In Flames was releasing Load or St. Anger. (The album was made available for streaming prior to release.) While Siren Charms may not be In Flames’ best, the Swedish legends have a lot to offer on their 11th studio album. Most of the criticism I’ve seen has been way off base. Did anyone even listen to the album? (more…)
Tags: At the Gates, At the Gates comeback, At War With Reality, Century Media Records, Death Metal, death metal legends, gothenburg, melodeath, melodic death metal, New Releases, Slaughter of the Soul, sweden, Swedish metal, The Haunted, Tomas Lindberg
Seminal Swedish metallers At The Gates are back! Following the heat of an ample and highly praised live-reunion, the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” melodic death metal sound have announced that they are working on a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece effort from 1995, Slaughter Of The Soul, expected to be released worldwide by the end of 2014 via their new label partner Century Media Records. (more…)
Tags: Bjorn Speed Strid, Death Metal, gothenburg, melodeath, melodic death metal, Natural Born Chaos, Peter Wichers, soilwork, sweden, Swedish metal, the living infinite
As this interview approached, my anticipation grew more and more. After all, if you’ve read some of my other interviews and reviews, you probably have found out that Swedish metal bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy and Soilwork were largely responsible for reigniting my love of metal years ago, culminating in the creation of Live Metal. Not only that, but it was these bands that helped bring American metal out of the doldrums of the ’90s, and their influence can be heard in countless bands today. So up until this point, I was surprised we hadn’t covered Soilwork much over the years.
In 2013, we’ve come full circle, as I finally had the chance to talk with Soilwork frontman Björn “Speed” Strid. And it comes at the beginning of a new era for the band. Guitarist Peter Wichers is out once again, yet the band–now with something to prove–has undertaken an ambitious challenge, releasing the first-ever double album of the melodeath subgenre, The Living Infinite, with a massive U.S. tour to follow. Below, we talk all about the new album and its inspiration, along with the undeniable impact Soilwork has had on the metal scene. (more…)
Tags: Anders Schultz, Death Metal, death metal legends, Interviews, Odalheim, sweden, Swedish metal, Unleashed, Viking lore, Viking metal, Viking mythology
Way back in 1989, the now classic and influential subgenre of Swedish death metal was taking shape. A band called Nihilist spawned two great, long-running acts: the mighty Entombed and the pioneering Viking metal band Unleashed. Credited as the first of its kind, Unleashed looked to its forefathers for tradition and values, using Viking mythology in its lyrics, single-handedly creating another subgenre that is relevant today. More than 20 years later, Unleashed has released its 11th studio album, Odalheim, the successor to As Yggdrasil Trembles (2010). Long story short—the world came to an end with Yggdrasil, and the warriors that survived battle to build a new one on Odalheim.
Yes, this band is about as close as you can get to living, breathing, ax-wielding Vikings. So how did Unleashed start what all of us diehard metalheads know as Viking metal? Is it in their bloodlines? Did it just sound like a good idea? Well, we went all Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey in an interview with drummer Anders Schultz, looking to discover the origins of the subgenre and how it came to be … (more…)
Tags: 90s metal, Anders Friden, Baltimore, gothenburg, In Flames, In Flames set list, In Waves, Kyng, Matt Heafy, melodic death metal, Rams Head Live, Sounds of a Playground Fading, sweden, Swedish metal, Trivium, Trivium set list, Veil of Maya
In Flames, Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng
By Jeff Maki
I was here to see In Flames. In Flames we trust—make no mistake. But perhaps we’d better start from the beginning. (more…)
Tags: black metal, blasphemy, corpse paint, Iron Dawn, Marduk, Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson, Panzer Division Marduk, Satanism, Scandinavian, sweden, Swedish metal, unholy, Wormwood, WWII
It is impossible to discuss the history of black metal without mentioning Sweden’s Marduk, who can be credited as early pioneers of the Satanic subgenre. Their original goal of becoming the world’s “most blasphemous band” offended those who needed to be offended, scared the shit out of people and has exceeded even their own expectations in their 20 years of existence. For years, they even were denied entry to tour the United States. Hmm, I wonder why?
The band has evolved over its long career, expanding lyrically on anti-Christian beliefs and musically, as well, releasing one of its strongest albums in 2009, Wormwood. But Marduk became notorious for 1999’s controversial World War II-themed classic, Panzer Division Marduk. Now, in 2011, the band has returned to the battlefront that made them famous, releasing the EP Iron Dawn as they set to march across the U.S. on their 7 Bowls of Wrath tour, which begins with the 2011 Maryland Deathfest.
Is Iron Dawn as much a commemorative companion for the tour as it is an early taste of what may come with the next album? Live-Metal.Net’s Jeff Maki recently talked with Marduk guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson to find out all of the band’s diabolical plans. (more…)
Tags: black metal, Ekpyrosis, extreme metal, Regain Records, Setherial, Swedish metal
Just doing a little research on Swedish black metallers Setherial. They hail from Sundsvall in the central part of Sweden, and just looking at pictures, it seems like a pleasant enough place: lots of trees with a lot of Germanic-influenced architecture.
I say this because the location does not seem to fit a band that looks and sounds like it was sent here straight from hell. Ekpyrosis is big, loud and fast black metal. Their songs range from the punkish sounding (the title track and “The Devouring Eye”) to epic odes to Satan such as the wonderfully titled “The Mournful Sunset of the Forsaken.” How in the world did William Faulkner not think of that title? (more…)
Tags: clean vocals, Evergrey, gothenburg, sweden, Swedish metal, Torn
I’ve seen the name Evergrey over the years and I’m familiar with them from touring with their fellow Gothenburg, Sweden friend, In Flames. But it’s wasn’t until 2008’s Torn that I was able to hear an entire album by them.
Torn is a strong, guitar-oriented, pop-friendly metal album. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but Evergrey seems to have mastered the fine line between the underground and the light of day. For longtime fans, vocalist Thomas Englund describes the album as a “modern mix of In Search of Truth and Recreation Day.” (more…)
Tags: Anders Friden, clean vocals, In Flames, melodic death metal, metalcore, Only Inhuman, Sonic Syndicate, sweden, Swedish metal
In Flames vocalist Anders Friden calls Sonic Syndicate’s Only Inhuman “A new force in Swedish metal; melodies and songs for the melodic generation. A monster of an album!” Reading this immediately garnered my attention, as I am a huge fan of In Flames (though you can’t always rely on Anders’ taste). I think it was last year that he was high on Coheed and Cambria, and well … there you go. But still with his highest regard, Sonic Syndicate must have some sort of promise, right? (more…)
Tags: Christopher Johnsson, classical music, Death Metal, female-fronted metal, folk metal, Gothic Kabbalah, guest vocalists, King Diamond, Mats Leven, Mercyful Fate, Snowy Shaw, sweden, Swedish Death Metal, Swedish metal, symphonic metal, Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen
I am vaguely familiar with Sweden’s Therion, seeing their name constantly across the net on metal sites and hearing select tracks from their extensive discography. Other than this, I have little knowledge of the band, knowing only that they push the envelope of heavy metal and extreme music.
Therion started way back in 1987 as a death metal act, evolving with each release, incorporating folk and symphonic metal, keyboards, choirs, female vocals and other experimentation, while still retaining elements of traditional metal. Because I haven’t heard the bulk of the band’s past material, this review will be treated as if I’m hearing the band for the first time. (more…)