12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perhaps only Sweden could produce a band like Amaranthe. On their fifth album, they once again combine two of the Scandinavian nation’s signature sounds: gleaming dance-pop and roaring metal. While that might seem like an unlikely (or straight-up unworkable) fusion, Helix seamlessly mixes dubstep’s bass drops with death-metal riffing (“Gg6”), Eurovision choruses with Motörhead’s drive ("Iconic"), and glam-pop with industrial rock (“Countdown”). Even at their most technical (“Inferno”), the band always deliver massive singalong hooks, the pipes of Elize Ryd and Nils Molin sweetening Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s brutal growl.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Perhaps only Sweden could produce a band like Amaranthe. On their fifth album, they once again combine two of the Scandinavian nation’s signature sounds: gleaming dance-pop and roaring metal. While that might seem like an unlikely (or straight-up unworkable) fusion, Helix seamlessly mixes dubstep’s bass drops with death-metal riffing (“Gg6”), Eurovision choruses with Motörhead’s drive ("Iconic"), and glam-pop with industrial rock (“Countdown”). Even at their most technical (“Inferno”), the band always deliver massive singalong hooks, the pipes of Elize Ryd and Nils Molin sweetening Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s brutal growl.

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About Amaranthe

Sweden's Amaranthe is a metalcore band known for its mix of melodic pop and death metal. Formed in 2008, Amaranthe features several vocalists, with Elize Ryd and Jake E handling most of the soaring, clean vocals and Andreas Solveström taking care of the harsher, throatier vocal parts. Amaranthe released their debut self-titled album in 2011. In 2013, the band returned with The Nexus. Further reinforcing their modern approach to metal, they released two further albums, Massive Addictive and Maximalism, in 2015 and 2016, respectively; with every release their sound broadened to incorporate more elements of metal, pop, and dance music. ~ Matt Collar

ORIGIN
Sweden
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2008

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