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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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While the rest of the world went to work or whatever it is they normally would do on a Friday, the contingent of the lovers of loud and fast music down on Peachtree St in Atlanta were being awesome. The day that many metal fans were waiting for since Day Two of the 2011 festival had finally come around -- Day One of the 2012 festival had arrived, bringing with it headliners Epica and support bands Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Amaranthe, Serenity, Primordial, and Redemption. The night before, Nightwish and Kamelot had thrilled in the same venue.
With several levels of ticket options available to attendees, gold badge attendees were given early access to the festival's merchandise room. Like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, the doors to the merchandise room were opened at noon and soon swallowed absurd amounts of money with little effort from the wallets of attendees. For attendees who found the dilemma of "I just need ONE more CD," without having the money for it, there was an ATM around the hall so that "one more" could then turn into "ten more" without a worry. More...
Amaranthe, featuring Dragonland, Dreamland, Nightrage, Mercenary members and fronted by Elize Ryd (Kamelot (live)), are set to record the band's sophomore full length release. The band will enter the studio on September 24th to record the as of yet unnamed LP and follow up to the 2011 self-titled release for Spinefarm Records. The band will work again with producer Jacob Hansen in his Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark. The album is set for a tentative early 2013 release.
Guitarist Olof Mörck had the following comments:
"So it is finally revelation time! In between our constant and never-ending touring we have tirelessly been working on our next album, which is really starting to come together. We have lived and breathed the same 12 songs from the first album every day for a year now, and to introduce a number of completely fresh tracks will really lift Amaranthe to the next level! The theme and atmosphere of the album is futuristic and ultra modern, something underlined by the first teaser poster. The music itself will be instantly recognisable as Amaranthe, but there is definitely a new and unique twist to the songs. People often ask us if there is a big pressure to follow up such a successful album, and always say 'no, not one bit'. Not when you sit down and listen to new tracks such as 'Invincible', 'Burn with Me' and 'Stardust'. We simply cannot wait to hit the road all over the world with these new babies!"
Amaranthe will make its U.S. live debut at ProgPower USA in Atlanta next month.
The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...
Amaranthe posted a new music video for the track "1.000.000 Lightyears," the latest single from the band's 2011 self-titled debut release. The album is available through Spinefarm Records. The band will make its U.S. live debut at ProgPower in Atlanta this September.
Check out the video here:
Kamelot has posted the following announcement online about Amaranthe's Elize Ryd again joining the band for an upcoming North American tour:
"We are pleased to announce that Swedish female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) will be part of the Kamelot North American Tour 2012. Elize has been touring with Kamelot since 2010 and will once again join the band for a very special tour throughout North America. Headliner dates to be announced soon, stay tuned!"
The following shows with Nightwish have been confirmed so far: More...
Danish symphonic metal band Amaranthe posted behind the scenes footage from the band's performance at the Loud Park Festival in Tokyo Japan 2011. The video was filmed by Johan Carlén.
Check out the video here:
Tis the season apparently for metal cruises, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Spinefeast at Sea cruise from Helsinki, to Tallin last Thursday and Friday! The cruise was organized by Spinefarm Records, and with perfect timing as the label was celebrating its 20th birthday this year.
Here in Finland, these cruises to Tallin, Estonia are known for being somewhat of a booze cruise, and almost every Finn has been on one of these journeys to either Stockholm, Tallin, or St. Petersburg. The tax free alcohol and overall party mood are always a safe bet for a good time and I for one can’t think of a better accompaniment to my inexpensive alcohol consumption then to have a solid 20 hours of metal oriented fun! Aboard the ship, called The Baltic Princess, were opportunities for drinking, dancing, metal karaoke and of course an exciting and diverse lineup of 8 bands. More...
Amaranthe has posted footage online from the band's time out on tour around Europe together with Vicious Rumors and Hammerfall. Just press play below to see what's happening behind the stage and on the bus.
Swedish symphonic/power metal band Amaranthe has announced a string of live headlining shows in Finland in January, 2012 in support of the band's debut self-titled release.
The confirmed dates are as follows:
KE 25.01.2012 TURKU, Klubi
TO 26.01.2012 TAMPERE, Klubi
PE 27.01.2012 HELSINKI, Dom
LA 28.01.2012 VAASA, Club Garage
ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:
ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:
Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:
Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)
(+ USA Debut)
Tickets are now on sale at this location.
Check out the announcement video here:
Danish/Swedish band Amaranthe posted a new music video for the song "Amaranthine" from the band's self-titled full length debut available now on Spinefarm Records.
ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:
Symphony X (Headliner)
Xandria is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming Metal Female Voices festival, which is set to take place in Belgium from October 21st - 23rd.
Other confirmed bands for the festival include Therion, Doro, Battlelore, Stream of Passion, Deadlock, Amaranthe, Draconian, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found by heading over to this location.
Footage is also available of Xandria performing live with the band's new vocalist Manuela Kraller here.
Amaranthe has posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming debut full-length album. You can check out the artwork below.
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. Leave Everything Behind
3. 1.000.000 Lightyears
5. My Transition
8. Call Out My Name
9. Enter The Maze
10. Director's Cut
11. Act Of Desperation
You can also check out the band's recently posted video for "Hunger" at this location.
Amaranthe has posted a music video online for the song "Hunger," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Hey people! Our very first video has finally been released, go check it out now. Directed by Patric Ullaeus (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, KAMELOT) Cheers!"
"Hunger" is the first single from Amaranthe's self-titled debut album, which will be released 13.4.2011.
Amaranthe has checked in with the following comments about the release of the band's upcoming album:
"Hey all! We are extremely happy to announce that our debut album will be out in stores all over Europe on April 13th (more news about US and Japan soon!), preceded by a single, 'Hunger', on February 28th!
"A video directed by Patric Ullaeus will be out in conjunction with the single and a full on European tour with Kamelot and Evergrey will follow the album release! See you all on the road soon!
Amaranthe has checked in with the following announcement about shooting the band's first music video:
"Hey folks! Today we started the shooting of our first, yet very epic video! The video his a huge project that will be shot over one week and many different locations - so far we are keeping most of the details a secret as not to spoil the surprise, but it is going to feature explosions, fast cars and other even faster vehicles!
"First day of shooting was awesome - very relaxed, fun and professionally arranged, Patric Ullaeus is a true master of the art! More updates as we continue filming, so stay tuned! Cheers!"
Amaranthe will also be appearing at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices festival, which takes place from October 21st - 23rd. You can find more details on the festival here.
Kamelot has issued the following statement about recruiting Amaranthe's Elize Ryd again for the band's upcoming tour dates:
"We are pleased to announce that Swedish female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) will join Kamelot again, this time on their European and South American tour dates. Elize joins the band on this very special and unique tour that includes some special guests singers like Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), Simone Simons (Epica) and many more."
Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood adds: "I am very pleased to hear that Elize will be touring with us again, she toured with us for the entire year of 2010 and was amazing at every show!"
Elize also stated: "I am very exited about going on tour with Kamelot, I had so much fun during the 2010 performances on all the great stages with this awesome band in front of all their amazing fans! It’s a real honor to be able to do that once again!"
Elize’s band Amaranthe will also be on the billing along with Evergrey and Sons of Seasons.
New Jersey symphonic metal act Operatika has announced that it will perform at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest, set to take place between October 21-23, 2011 at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium.
The confirmed line-up now inludes:
DIABULUS IN MUSICA
STREAM OF PASSION
TRAIL OF TEARS
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
Amaranthe has posted the following recording update through CrankItUp.se:
"Hey people! Olof here once again for crankitup.se! As some of you might've heard, the album is DONE! Which means everyone's back home safe, after two months of isolation in the Danish outback. Last two weeks was major crunch mode, with sleeping in the studio, ordering lots of take out food, and hanging with Ismael the Camel instead of our new Danish friends at various bars.
"After fiddling around and turning every detail upside down and polishing everything perfection, and then throwing dirt at it again just for the hell of it - we actually came to point where we said: 'this is done!' Which was nice, considering that we didn't have to spend Christmas and new year's with a bunch of exotic animals and random Danish farmers.
"We have to wonderful privilege of saying that this is *definitely* our best album so far, considering it is our first with AMARANTHE! So for once the cliché is true! ;) But needless to say, we couldn't really be more excited about how the album sounds song wise and production wise, and we're already feeling the love from a lot different directions! Most of it we cannot unveil right now - but we do have 22 shows in 15 countries booked already, with more coming soon, so check our myspace for all the relevant dates! Currently we are aiming for an April release, and we'll have more info about more exact dates and all that stuff *soon*, so stay tuned!"