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Amaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band originally known as Avalanche. The band is notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson, and Nils Molin, each presenting a different vocal style.


History


Formed by Olof Mörck (Dragonland, Nightrage) and Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg (Dreamland, Dream Evil) in 2008, the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd (toured with Kamelot) and Andreas Solveström (Cipher System, Within Y) signed on, as did drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (The Cleansing, Koldborn, Mercenary). Bassist Johan Andreassen (Engel) joined after the photoshoot for the ''Leave Everything Behind'' demo but before the recording of the first album ''Amaranthe''. The band was originally called Avalanche until May 2009, when they were forced to change their name due to legal issues. The members chose to rename the band Amaranthe. They later released their first demo, ''Leave Everything Behind''. The band's debut album, ''Amaranthe'', was released in April 2011 and reached a peak position of 35th on Swedish charts and 16th on Finnish Charts. Their second album, ''The Nexus'', was released in March 2013. Guitarist Olof Mörck described the album as having greater contrasts, a more controversial mix of genres, and featuring more creative freedoms than ''Amaranthe''. According to Olof, the band "took everything pto eleven" in the new album. The album reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the US Heatseekers charts. In October 2013, harsh vocalist Solveström left the band and was replaced by Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson (Scarpoint). Their third album, ''Massive Addictive'', was released on 21 October 2014. A special compilation ''Breaking Point - B-sides 2011-2015'' was released on 30 October 2015. It consists b-sides and bonus tracks from Amaranthe's career. Their fourth album, ''Maximalism'', was released on 21 October 2016. In November 2016, male clean vocalist Jake E announced that he would take a break from the band. In February 2017, the band confirmed that he was permanently leaving. In March 2017, he joined CyHra. In July 2017, Amaranthe stated on their Facebook page that Nils Molin of Dynazty would join the band as their permanent vocalist, after filling in for Jake E on tour dates. On 10 August 2018, they released their new single, "365", from their new album ''Helix'', which itself was released on 19 October. At that time, they wrote and performed the credits theme song to the 12 oz. Mouse special "INVICTUS". On 16 October 2019, they announced that they had signed with Nuclear Blast Records. On 3 January 2020, the band released their rendition of Sabaton's "82nd All the Way", originally taken from Sabaton's 2019 studio album The Great War. On 13 February 2020, the band released the single "Do or Die", which features former Arch Enemy-vocalist Angela Gossow on growling vocals and Arch Enemy-guitarist Jeff Loomis on the guitar solo. The official music video, which was filmed in Spain, was released the next day. In the music video's description, the band's label Nuclear Blast announced that their sixth studio album would be released in September 2020. On 5 March 2020, the band released the music video for "Endlessly", originally from the album ''Maximalism''. The video was directed, filmed and edited b
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and is actually the documentation of the Transylvanian wedding between guitarist Olof Mörck and his wife Cătălina Popa (the flutist from the German symphonic metal band Haggard), which took place on 19 July 2019 at Sungarden, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Amaranthe had announced on 26 June 2020, that their sixth studio album titled ''Manifest'' will be released on 2 October 2020. The first single 'Viral' (a song about the COVID-19 pandemic) was released on 26 June 2020, followed by a second single, 'Strong,' on 14 August 2020, and 'Archangel' as the third single on 18 September 2020.


Musical style


Reviews of Amaranthe's style are varied, though they all acknowledge that they are mainly a subgenre of heavy metal. According to AllMusic, Amaranthe's musical style mixes death metal with melodic pop music, giving for a feel of metalcore overall. Lead singer Elize Ryd acknowledges the difficulties in trying to ascribe their music to one specific genre and describes Amaranthe's sound as "dance-rock with a taste of death and modern/melodic metal," though she admits that, unlike death metal, their focus is on "positive energy" and to "open up minds ndgive passion, strength and love". MusicMight classifies the band as melodic death metal and power metal. Sputnikmusic's overview of the band refers to them as an outfit that is a hybrid of metalcore and power metal, more specifically, combining heavy riffs and breakdowns with Ryd's "soaring vocals."


Band members


Current members * Olof Mörck – guitars, keyboards, synthesizers (2008–present), bass (2008–2009) * Elize Ryd – female clean vocals (2008–present) * Morten Løwe Sørensen – drums (2008–present) * Johan Andreassen – bass (2010–present) * Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson – harsh vocals (2013–present) * Nils Molin – male clean vocals (2017–present) Former members * Andreas Solveström – harsh vocals (2008-2013) * Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg – male clean vocals (2008–2017) Former touring members * Antony Hämäläinen – harsh vocals (2012) * Anna-Mia Bonde – female clean vocals (2011) * Richard Sjunnesson – harsh vocals (2011–2012) * Olle Ekman – harsh vocals (2015) * Alexander Strandell – male clean vocals (2016) * Chris Adam Hedman Sörbye – male clean vocals (2016–2017)

Timeline



Discography

* ''Amaranthe'' (2011) * ''The Nexus'' (2013) * ''Massive Addictive'' (2014) * ''Maximalism'' (2016) * ''Helix'' (2018) * ''Manifest'' (2020)

References



External links

* {{Authority control Category:2009 establishments in Sweden Category:Swedish melodic death metal musical groups Category:Swedish metalcore musical groups Category:Swedish power metal musical groups Category:Musical groups established in 2009 Category:Musical groups from Gothenburg