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Amaranthe

Formed: 2008
From: Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish power/melodic death metal band that originates from Sweden and Denmark. Formed by Jake E. and Olof Morck, the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd and Andy Solvestrom signed on, as did drummer Morten Lowe. In April 2011 their debut album "Amaranthe" was released to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland, and was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world, all genres!

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Latest Amaranthe News

Below is our complete Amaranthe news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Eluveitie Announces Tour With Amaranthe

Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie is now putting finishing touches on an upcoming second acoustic record entitled "Evocation II." After a release show at Summer Breeze, Germany, the band led by Chrigel Glanzmann will embark on a European club tour to present these new songs to the fans live on stage.

Swedish modern melodic metallers Amaranthe will be accompanying Elevutie on this European adventure. The Charm The Fury will serve as opener. Chrigel comments on these upcoming shows:

"As you might know, we're in Tommy Vetterli's iconic Newsound studios at the moment, recording our upcoming album 'Evocation II!' But the 'tour bug' already got us once more and we can't wait to finally hit the road again. And so we're excited to announce our European tour this fall - all the more as we'll be in fantastic company, for we'll bring along our swedish friends from Amaranthe, as well as the shooting stars of The Charm The Fury, who will open the shows!

"And even though we'll present brand new songs off our upcoming acoustic album, we'll of course lay waste your cities with a full neckbreaker set! So expect nothing less than one hell of a fucking metal massacer! m/" More...

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Sunburst Out Of ProgPower USA XVIII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific "all-encompassing" request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil's Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.

Harveston posted the following announcement: "It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent's demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.

"Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.

"I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved. More...

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70K TOM Auctioning Guitar For Haiti Charity

Round seven of the world's biggest heavy metal cruise featured 61 acts and set sail back in February, leaving from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL and sailing to Labadee, Haiti and back.

Prior to sailing there was a lot of online discussion amongst sailors about what they could do to provide aid to those in need in Haiti, which inspired the crew at 70,0000 Tons Of Metal to make a unique contribution, auctioning off a Michael Schenker 2004 model Dean Guitar.

The guitar was signed by the world class artists who participated in the jam: Elize Ryd, Esa Holopainen, Jeff Waters, Fabio Alessandrini, Rich Hinks, Aaron Homma, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Ben Ash, Mark Osegueda, Will Carroll, Lisa Cuthbert, Jon Gallagher, Van Williams, Axel Ritt, Bobby Blitz, Per Nilsson, Fabio D'Amore, Rich Ward, Alex Skolnick, Steve DiGiorgio, Gene Hoglan, Thomas Vikström, Linnéa Vikström, Russ Bergquist, Steven Wussow, and Philip Restemeier.

All proceeds from the auction, running through March 12th at 3:00 PM EST, will be donated to the people of Haiti via Direct Relief. Place your own bid right here. More...

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Headline News

Ghost Wins Swedish Grammis Award

After Megadeth took home the Best Metal Performance award at the 2017 U.S. Grammy ceremony, Ghost has won the Best Hard Rock / Metal category at the Swedish Grammis awards held Tuesday night in Stockholm. The nominated bands were as follows:

Amaranthe - "Maximalism"
Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas - "Mariner"
Dark Tranquillity - "Atoma"
Ghost - "Popestar"
In Flames - "Battles"

In Flames commented via Facebook: "Congrats to Ghost for winning 'Hard Rock/Metal Album of the Year.' Thanks for the nomination and good times, Grammis! #IFBattles17."

Video of Papa Emeritus accepting the award can be seen below. Notably, he is the only member of the band to appear, fueling speculation the nameless ghouls are in for a reboot, either entirely changing out the lineup or perhaps simply changing the costumes and names for the next release.

Last year, Ghost also won the U.S. Grammy for Best Metal Performance. More...

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Amaranthe Releases "Boomerang" Video

Amaranthe will kick off a North American headline tour in support of latest album "Maximalism" (reviewed here) on February 10th in Houston with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces.

To herald this return to U.S. shores once again, the band today releases a new video for "Boomerang." Check it out below.

"It is finally time to release our brand new video for 'Boomerang,' an Amaranthe take on the classic heist movie," said guitarist Olof Mörck. "Directed by the legendary Patric Ulleaus, it is everything you have come to expect of an Amaranthe video and much more! It is perhaps the most ambitious video from the band so far, since it is packed to the brim with action, glitter, and glamour. You can try to bring us down, but we'll come around, like a 'Boomerang!'"

In other Amaranthe news, singer Jake E. has confirmed his exit from the band. He comments on the matter: "After eight years and four albums, I have decided to leave Amaranthe. I am extremely proud of the band and what we've accomplished together. Amaranthe have the most AMAZING fans and they have given me so much during the years, which I am extremely grateful for. I want to thank them all for always supporting me during the highs and the lows. Thank you for these years and I hope to meet you again soon." More...

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Cypher16 Joining Amaranthe On Tour

The London natives from Cypher16 have risen up the ranks in their native U.K. throughout the last few years, amassing a devoted following which has afforded them the opportunity to perform at numerous festivals around the world.

Now, after the buzzing release of latest album "The Great Surveyor," Cypher16 sets sight on North America and will embark on a tour alongside headlining act Amaranthe.

Beginning February 10th at Scout Bar in Houston, TX, the tour will also feature support from Failure/Anthem, Citizen Zero and Smash Into Pieces while trekking through North America until March 11th.

Cypher16 frontman Jack Doolan states, "We're excited to be hitting the road with our good friends in Amaranthe once more, this time around the USA and Canada! We'll be bringing you guys a joint Swedish and British musical assault, and the party won't stop at the stage! See you there!" More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Amaranthe Announces North American Tour

Amaranthe is bringing new album "Maximalism" (reviewed here) to North America, just announcing a U.S. headline tour for 2017 with support from Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces.

Of the upcoming U.S. trek, guitarist Olof Mörck said: "It is with great excitement that we can now confirm the next leg of our Maximalism World Tour: North America! A year has passed since our last visit and we have been looking forward greatly to return!"

He continued, "Joining us on this trek will be very special guests Failure Anthem, along with special guests Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash Into Pieces for a full evening's worth of cutting edge metal from both sides of the Atlantic! Prepare yourself as the juggernaut known as the Maximalism World Tour prepares to lay siege to YOUR city in early 2017. All shall march to the sound of Maximalism!" More...

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"Ana" Charity Album Announced

Into The LimeLight Records just issued this statement about an impending charity album set for release next year:

"We are over the moon to announce that we will release the album for the 'Ana - Metal For Charity Project; in 2017. As a label we want to do one project each year for charity and this is such a fantastic cause.

"This charity project has been founded by Marius Danielsen and Anniken Rasmussen. With an impressive all star lineup we will raise money for cancer research. The full 100% of the incoming money will go to this project. There will be two songs by the all-stars:

1. 'Ana' written by Marius and Anniken
2. 'Holy' Diver cover

"There will be also some songs on the CD donated by participating bands. The first band donating a fantastic song is Monster from the Dutch metal legends Martyr. More information will follow soon."

The album's full lineup will include: More...

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ProgPower USA Finalizes Days 1 & 2 Lineups

Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) and Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) - co-promoters for Days 1 & 2 of ProgPower USA - finalized the lineups for the 2017 installment of the annual U.S. Festival. Tickets for Days 1 & 2 will be available on November 1, 2016. For information and ticket links, head on over to this location. Days 3 & 4 have already sold out.

The running order and day placement for Days 1 & 2 is coming soon, but the bands are as follows:

Haken (UK) (Performing "Visions" in full) (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Headliner)
Metal Church (USA) (Thursday, September 7, 2017 Headliner)
Between The Buried And Me (USA)
Orphaned Land (Israel)
Vanden Plas (Germany)
Serenity (Austria)
Twilight Force (Sweden)
Power Quest (UK)

The eight acts join previously announced acts for (and subsequently sold out) Days 3 & 4 of the festival (brought to you by festival founder Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), which are as follows: More...

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Amaranthe Releases New Music Video

Amaranthe today drops a video for latest single "That Song," taken from the gloriously over-the-top new album "Maximalism," due out October 21st on Spinefarm Records. The band comments:

"What song? 'THAT song'! Our very first single and video from our brand new album 'Maximalism' is now out! Representing a fresh and new take on the Amaranthe sound, it is part of the wide spectrum of the diversity that is 'Maximalism'. The video represents the struggle that comes with following your dreams no matter the costs. Even if you are on the downside of life, one day there will be a turning point when it all becomes clear - to the sound of 'That Song'."

The clip was directed by fellow Swede Patric Ullaeus and features high-energy visuals that mix a gripping narrative with performance footage. The storyline finds the members of the band playing a variety of roles as musicians in blue-collar gigs at the crossroads in their lives. More...

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Just For Fun

Revolver's Hottest Chicks Calendar Released

It's that time of year again that some in the metal world eagerly look forward to and others decry as sexist - yep, it's none other than the annual Revolver Hottest Chicks, which now comes in handy calendar format!

Revolver Magazine's Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Calendar 2017 is on sale now, featuring Lacuna Coil's own Cristina Scabbia on the cover.

The 2017 edition also features Lzzy Hale from Halestorm, Ash Costello from New Years Day, Elize Ryd from the Amaranthe, Simone Simons from Epica, Francheska Pastor from Bad Seed Rising, the Butcher Babies, and more. More...

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Amaranthe Streams "That Song"

Amaranthe just dropped "That Song" from upcoming album "Maximalism," which is due out October 2st via Spinefarm.

"The time has come to unveil 'That Song' to the world," said guitarist Olof Morck. "Showcasing a new side of Amaranthe, the song combines an anthemic arena riff with an irresistibly groovy flow, creating maybe the most unique Amaranthe track yet! Describing the strife and hardships that follow with trying to pursue your dreams, 'That Song' embodies the turning point in your life when your direction becomes clear. So stomp your feet and clap your hands to 'That Song!'"

1. Maximize
2. Boomerang
3. That Song
4. 21
5. On the Rocks
6. Limitless
7. Fury
8. Faster
9. Break Down and Cry
10. Supersonic
11. Fireball
12. Endlessly More...

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ProgPower Announces 2017 Lineup

Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), promoter of the annual ProgPower USA Festival held at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the lineup for Days 3 and 4 of the event's 18th year just after Scar Symmetry's set on Friday, September 9, 2016.

The dates for next year's festival will be held from September 6-9, 2017. Also, the event will keep to its Day 1-4 format introduced this year, but lineups for Days 1-2 will be announced by co-promoters Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) and Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) through the festival website and social media pages in the coming weeks. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 1, 2016 through Ticketmaster.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Day 3 - Friday (September 8, 2017)

Sunburst
Distorted Harmony
Lords Of Black
Angel Dust
Myrath
Mike Portnoy's Shattered Fortress (Headliner)

Day 4 - Saturday (September 9, 2017)

Teramaze
Dynazty
Snowy Shaw
Pain
Amaranthe
Katatonia (Headliner)

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Public Sales Begin For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.

In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...

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Amaranthe Announces New Album

Swedish pop metal outfit Amaranthe will release new album "Maximalism" on October 21st via Spinefarm Records, which follows the 2014 release "Massive Addictive" (reviewed here).

"Maximalism" was produced once again by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) and mastered by Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Dragonfroce). Says Amaranthe ead guitarist Olof Mörck:

"'Maximalism' is our manifesto to the world! We are genuinely thrilled with the new material, definitely our most diverse collection to date. Our trademark 'bleeding edge' modern metal remains intact, of course, but fused with an even broader range of genres than before…

"There's everything here, including stadium rock, innovative pop and danceable super-hits. Expect these tunes to enter your mind on a permanent basis!"

01. Maximize
02. Boomerang
03. That Song
04. 21
05. On The Rocks
06. Limitless
07. Fury
08. Faster
09. Break Down And Cry
10. Supersonic
11. Fireball
12. Endlessly More...

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UMC Begins Announcement Barrage For 70K 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have unleashed the first barrage of bands that will appear on the 2017 edition of the annual cruise.

The first 16 of 60 bands announced are: Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Cruachan, Death Angel, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Nile, Orphaned Land, Powerglove, Suffocation and Therion.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com. More...

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Amaranthe Enters Studio For New Album

Swedish melodic metal forerunners Amaranthe has officially entered the studio to work on the follow up to 2014's breakthrough album "Massive Addictive," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon release and which enjoyed healthy U.S. rock radio airplay in support of the singles "Drop Dead Cynical" and "Digital World."

The new album is due out on Spinefarm in October. Watch the teaser below.

Amaranthe will spend the summer laying waste to stages at all of the relevant European rock festivals before embarking on a near-constant global touring schedule after the album's release.

"As some of you no doubt have heard by now, we have entered Top Floor studios with Jakob Herrman in Gothenburg to record our fourth album," said guitarist Olof Morck. "It is extremely exciting to be back in the creative zone after spending two years traveling the whole world in support of 'Massive Addictive.' We will spend one month here recording drums, bass and guitars before once again moving onto Jacob Hansen's studio in Denmark for vocal recordings and mixing."

He continued, "We are beyond thrilled about the new material, which is certainly Amaranthe's most diverse so far; our trademark bleeding edge modern metal is ever present, but fused with an even wider range of genres than before, featuring everything from stadium rock, the latest in pop music innovation and danceable super-hits. Expect these tunes to enter your mind permanently, never to leave, later this year!" More...

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Amaranthe Posts "True" Video

Amaranthe just released the digital-only compilation "Breaking Point B-Sides 2011-2015" and the band is also on tour in the U.S.

To herald the B-sides release and the ongoing trek, the band has dropped a video for the acoustic version of "True," the original of which lives on 2014's "Massive Addictive" (reviewed here). Check out the clip below and see Amaranthe live on these dates: More...

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Amaranthe Announces B-Sides Compilation

Amaranthe will be releasing a digital-only compilation of B-sides on October 30, 2015. "Breaking Point - B-Sides 2011-2015" will feature eight tracks, and the band also comments:

"As some of you know, Amaranthe has recorded quite a few b-sides and bonus tracks throughout the years. We've always tried to keep the quality high, as something extra for our fans, but until now a lot of these tracks have been hard-to-find rarities, and quite spread out. We are now very excited to release a collection of some of the best b-sides and bonuses: Breaking Point: B-sides 2011-2015. It focuses on some of the best acoustic renditions of fan favorites as well as a couple of originals from the early days! Enjoy this rare and different side of Amaranthe."

1. Hunger (Acoustic)
2. Afterlife (Acoustic)
3. Amaranthine (Acoustic)
4. Burn With Me (Acoustic)
5. Trinity (Acoustic)
6. True (Acoustic)
7. Breaking Point
8. Splinter In My Soul

Additionally, Amaranthe will soon release a new video for the song "True," which lives on 2014's "Massive Addictive" and which is acoustically rendered on the B-sides release.

"With the high-octane energy of singles/videos 'Digital World' and 'Drop Dead Cynical,' we wanted a slightly more mellow third single," guitarist Olof explained. "The choice fell upon 'True,' which provides a great contrast with its hopeful yet melancholy lyrics and style. To match this with the perfect video, we once again turned to mastermind Patric Ullaeus, and the result is an inspiring and engaging take on how your dreams and visions don't always turn out the way you planned. But instead, there might be something greater than you hoped for down the line, as long as your heart stays true." More...

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