Sweedish rockers Amaranthe's initial offering is chock full of catchy riffs, soaring vocals and excellent musicanship from it's 6 members. Amaranthe's unique blend of three lead vocalists give each song a special feel and tend to separate them from the pack, but that is only the beginning. Founder and lead guitarist Olof Mörck sets the tone with his melodic, yet driving style. Co-founder and clean lead vocalist Jake E hits his notes with pristine accuracy and his stage presence is second to none. Female vocals are handled by Elize Ryd, whose resume includes recording and touring stints with Kamelot and Nightwish just to name a few. Her vocals are a perfect blend with Jake's. To round out the trio of lead singers, Andy Solveström nails it with his rough, growling vocals. Andy gives Amaranthe's songs a definite metal edge, but it is not overdone to the point of being mundane. The rythm section is rounded out with Johan Andreassen's solid bass lines and Morten Løwe Sørensen's spot-on drumming. Song highlights include the singles "Hunger" and "Amaranthine", and can't-miss tracks "1,000,000 Lightyears", "Automatic", and "Call Out My Name". This particular version of Amaranthe's debut album also includes two bonus tracks, bringing the total to 14 songs, and that is just the first disc!
Disc two is a Bonus DVD featuring the videos for "Hunger" and "Amaranthine" as well as behind the scene footage from the making of "Hunger", a 2011 Tour documentary and video diaries from the recording of this album. Overall, I found this offering to be a fantastic find and one that I would highly recommend.....and I have!
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