Formed in 2007 by guitarist Olof Morck and vocalist Jake E., Gothenburg, Sweden's AMARANTHE have carved their name into the annals of Metal in capital letters - with an exceptional vision right from the outset, Amaranthe are an institution; trailblazers of a genre they have, almost single-handedly, forged.
According to some sources "melodic death metal" and somewhere else pegged as "metalcore" Amaranthe keeps driving genre purists loopy. Sporting three singers, each with characteristics of their own, Amaranthe constantly defies pigeonholing and sound like no one - and nothing - else. Lowe Sorensen's rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen's booming low-frequency assault lay the foundation to Olof Morck's surgically precise, almost machine-like guitar riffing and layers of lush, contemporary keyboards. Timeless, glistening pop choruses coated with an icing of three layers of sublime singing from Elize Ryd's emotive, angelic voice, Jake E.'s forceful delivery and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson's screams combine for a mix of edgy, powerful melodic music that is not only unique and unforgettable, it's trend-setting and inimitable as well. Amaranthe has already proved they're the next step in the evolution of metal.
2013 saw the release of The Nexus where everything was upped a notch. Featured was more of the band's innovative mix of melodic pop, harsh screamo metal, and techno-influenced hard rock. Extensive touring followed, more chart entries garnered (#12 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseeker chart etc.).
2014 saw the release of Amaranthe's 3rd outing, Massive Addictive.The third time seemed to be the charm, as the album immediately charted in six countries, even manning the pole position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The album also yielded Amaranthe's first major single hit with "Drop Dead Cynical", which stayed several weeks at the top of Sirius XM Octane's playlist, and had massive airplay all around the world.
With their astounding 4th album Maximalism, now unleashed, it almost goes without saying that connoisseurs of shiny modern metal have much more to look forward to from this unstoppable hybrid metal machine. Followers and copycats come and go, but Amaranthe remains the leader of the pack.