Each band has its story and we have witnessed many breakthroughs as fans of this music - from clear, level-headed strives aimed directly for the top, to careers that almost started as jokes under good circumstances. Amaranthe
's own story is not so different - on the contrary, it even shares a lot of both, starting with an accidental leak on the Net - five songs recorded in 'home studio' conditions in low bitrate quality and fairly rough sound, recorded as if on a whim; five unpolished diamonds that got the attention of everyone who discovered them in record-breaking time. Right then and there it became clear that ex-Avalanche
is preparing to release a debut album designed with only one goal - to conquer the listeners with the wild power of a shock wave, set loose by the composer Olof Mörck - a name that should be well-known to everyone familiar with Dragonland
, testimony of first-class musician skills. In due time those very same five songs got noticed by Spinefarm Records with their unmistakable sense of successful music and Amaranthe
quickly became one of their latest and most precious catalogue additions.
Admittedly, the band didn't delay its self-titled debut. All promises for a dangerous mix of metal and commercial music got fulfilled thanks to 12 tracks, each of which has a fairly good chance to take possession of the mind completely. Therein lays Olof's main trump-card - the ability to write short, easy to remember hits, crowned with marvelous combinations between three singers - a formula that can raise Amaranthe
's debut times over each inceptive record you've ever heard. The core of the vocal trio is forged out by the harsh growls of Andy Solveström (Within Y
), the clean voice of Jake E Berg (Dream Evil
) and the charming Elize Ryd who some of you may remember as a fugitive backing vocalist in Falconer
, while others already had the chance to meet as part of Kamelot
's actual tour where she sings along with talents as Simone Simons (Epica
) and Fabio Lione (Rhapsody
). Having three lead singers on one record is something unheard of, but fear not: they sound as if they've worked together for a long time. In addition to that, the bass player Johan Andreassen (?ngel) and the rhythmic sections of Morten Sørensen (Mercenary
) give the final touch to the first of hopefully many upcoming captivating albums in Amaranthe
-inspired guitar basis, high-speed shifts between melodeath, power metal and pop music, pleasant keys and alternating vocal challenges take over each of the 12 mini-hits from the tracklist. The well-known “Leave Everything Behind”, “Enter the Maze
”, “Act of Desperation” and “Director's Cut” are back with clean productions and new looks from top to bottom while the adrenaline charge of the first single “Hunger” can make all fans lose themselves in the vast universe that opens to them ever since the first tunes of the album. The musicians don't spare anything and always give their best to deliver experimental diversity even in such short tracks while the stars on the horizon continue to shine ever brighter - from the supernova “1.000.000 Lightyears” and the magnetism of “Automatic”, through the gentle ballad “Amaranthine” to the party power/disco jewel “Call Out
My Name” and the closing theme “Serendipity”, the debut offers music for the taste of everyone who's more or less open towards a new, ambitious and modern sound.
's first shot hits a direct bull's eye and after numerous spins it still sounds as fresh and impressive as it was back when you first got the chance to hear it. After a short while, the addiction to the sound of the Swedish opus is guaranteed along with the fact that it just cannot get more dynamic and enjoyable. Brilliantly played cards for the most promising newcomer band nowadays! As for us fans, we can only thank them for the music and anxiously keep an eye on their future artistic development.