Amaranthe – Maximalism (2016)


Making a triumphant return in 2016, today we have Amaranthe and their latest opus “Maximalism”. Being one of the most polarizing bands in Metal, you either love or totally hate the band. We took a bit of warming up to the band, but with time we have grown to appreciate their efforts in bringing two different worlds together in a very bombastic and creative way.

The album opens with the startling “Maximize”, a track which features all the traditional staples that have made Amaranthe world known: catchy vocal melodies, hip beats, and an addictive chorus section. The band has never denied their Pop/main stream influences and “Boomerang” is a pretty good example of this, regardless of the growls or heavy guitars.

“That Song” is the first single of this release and it features a super catchy and almost Queen-like vibe. This song is definitely quite enjoyable and any fan of Hard Rock will greatly appreciate it. Blending electronic/Industrial elements with catchiness, “On the Rocks” is one of our favorite tracks, reminding us of early White Zombie. The vocal trio of Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson perfectly balance clean styled male/female with harsh and contrasting growls.

The ballad-esque “Limitless” expertly mixed mellow clean vocals with hypnotic electronic elements. For those looking into more exciting and dynamic songs, “Break Down and Cry”, which provides epic vocal arrangements, harsh guitars and an overall destructive-yet-melodic pace. Reminding us of Turmion Kätilöt, “On the Rocks” and “Supersonic” keep things engaging and brutal with heavy riffs and some super catchy Industrial/Electronic elements.

Continuing with the hectic “Fireball”, the band features very solid guitar arrangements and an even catchier chorus section. The closer “Endlessly” is a very emotional piece that allows for Elize to showcase her voice to the fullest. Overall, “Maximalism” is yet another brilliant release by Amaranthe that will satisfy their fans and feed the rage of the haters. All 12 tracks are quite engaging and perfectly constructed to maximize their reach and impact. If you are a fan of the band, you will not be disappointed by this superbly catchy release.

Band: Amaranthe Album: Maximalism

Label: Spinefarm Records

Release: October 21st, 2016

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Genre: Pop Metal

Country: Sweden

Rating: 90/100

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