Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Amaranthe at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall

Olof Mörck played guitar in several bands renowned in the metal scene in his native Gothenburg, Sweden. He was in Nightrage from 2006 to 2011, and has been in the power metal band Dragonland from 2000 to the present. Mörck co-founded Amaranthe, originally known as Avalanche, in 2008, and this band seems to be the one to reach international audiences. Amaranthe is a power metal band that features three vocalists, each presenting a different vocal style. After several personnel changes, the band presently consists of Mörck, vocalists Elize Ryd and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, bassist Johan Andreassen and drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen. Amaranthe's fourth album, Maximalism, was released on October 21st, 2016

In late 2015, vocalist/co-founder Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg did not tour with Amaranthe and Chris Adam Hedman Sörbye of Swedish rock band Smash into Pieces substituted. Lundberg permanently left Amaranthe last month as the band was launching a North American tour; as Smash into Pieces was an opening act on the tour, Hedman Sörbye substituted again. Tonight at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, Ryd provided the female vocals, Englund Wilhemsson covered the death metal growls and Hedman Sörbye pocketed the clean male vocals. The three vocalists sang alternately and simultaneously, and accompanied by searing guitar and lush, symphonic electronics, the eclectic mix made for a widest possible scope of power metal. Ryd's angelic vocals particularly commanded attention as she climbed higher and higher ranges while melodic pop melodies rode above harsh screamo metal and techno-influenced hard rock. Unlike common death metal, however, the lyrics brimmed with positive outlooks even amidst the growls, heavy riffs and metalcore-like breakdowns. This sound is commercially viable, and may prove to be groundbreaking as modern metal gets shinier and shinier.

Visit Amaranthe at www.amaranthe.se.

Setlist:
  1. Maximize
  2. Boomerang
  3. Hunger
  4. Invincible
  5. 1.000.000 Lightyears
  6. Trinity
  7. True
  8. Fury
  9. Endlessly
  10. On the Rocks
  11. Drum Solo
  12. Automatic
  13. The Nexus
  14. Amaranthine
  15. Call Out My Name

Encore:
  1. Digital World
  2. That Song
  3. Dynamite
  4. Drop Dead Cynical