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Amaranthe - 2016 Maximalism

ARTIST: Amaranthe
ALBUM: Maximalism
LABEL: Spinefarm
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Olof Morck - bass, guitars, keyboards * Johan Andreassen - bass * Morten Lowe Sorensen - drums * Jake E Berg - vocals (clean) * Elize Ryd - vocals (female) * Henrik Englund - vocals (harsh)

TRACK LISTING: 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



This Swedish/Danish combo have taken all before them over the last few years. GDM has been tracking their progress since their origins back in 2011. the new 2016 CD 'Maximalism' is their fourth, and still the music industry isn't definitive of Amaranthe's classification. Pop metal, melodic metalcore, trance metal, death metal pop.. Which is it? Who cares, numerous metal related forums can debate the topic, while we (in the meantime) can talk about the songs on this album.

The Songs
Firstly, I can say with some certainty that the first two Amaranthe albums were damned good. I wasn't so taken with the third 'Massive Addictive', but this latest effort should appeal to all their fans I'd suggest. The band deliver a series of songs that are quite addictive (excuse the pun), and should go down well in a live setting. The trancey keyboard intro to 'Maximise' sets this album on it's way. It really is trademark Amaranthe with three part vocals and a rock-solid rhythm section.. industrial strength even! Surely 'Boomerang' is a dead-set invitation to Australian fans, which begs the question: when are the band touring Down Under? They have a song tailor-made for the occasion! The big back-beat drumwork to 'That Song' could be Def Leppard in their 80's prime, though the dinky piano work on the verses suggests otherwise. '21' is back to heavy-duty Amaranthe, which is where I like the band to be positioned, with Elize taking up a prominent role.

'On The Rocks' sounds like an excellent sing-a-long, though it still retains some power. Don't be fooled. The band deliver their first ballad with the liquid sounding 'Limitless', with both Elize and Jake providing clean vocals that make this song pretty special. The high-stepping 'Fury' lives up to its name, with drummer Sorenson turning up the tempo big time! The same could be said for the next track 'Faster' which powers its way throughout its 3 minute 30 sec run-time. 'Break Down And Cry' might invoke plenty of emotions, though I'm sure it will hard to break through the band's wall of sound. Amaranthe come up with another pop-metal anthem courtesy of 'Supersonic'. It's not all about speed, as the band demonstrate. No doubt this will be a fun tune during their live concerts. I love the sonic textures to 'Fireball', a dense medium-paced affair, but full of intensity. The album closer 'Endlessly' is a huge sweeping ballad with Elize singing off the charts. A lovely way to conclude.

In Summary
Scandi label Spinefarm are again providing support to Amaranthe, and who could blame them; this band are in their element and no doubting 'Maximalism' is going to see them touring right throughout 2017 in support of it. There are a couple of different versions of the album, on the Deluxe edition there are a couple of live bonus tracks from 2014 included. Enjoy this CD, and share it with the Kids!

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#1 | gdazegod on November 09 2016 11:22:38
Amaranthe - 2016 Maximize
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Amaranthe - 2016 That Song
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#2 | englandashes on December 11 2017 22:00:17
Seems Jake E now involved in a group called Cyhra, with an album released in October, called Letters to myself, if you can get by the front cover which looks like a Death Metal album cover or something like Ghost, it seems a pretty good album.
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