AMARANTHE @ The Borderline, London
12th December 2011
Review and photos by Sabrina Dersel
I have not really heard about the term “Modern Power Metal” before hearing of Amaranthe, so I happily volunteer to cover their gig, going pretty much uneducated about them…
Amaranthe are a power/melodic/modern-death-metal band that originates from Sweden and Denmark. Formed by Jake E. and Olof Morck, the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd and Andy Solvestrom signed on, as did drummer Morten Lowe.
In April 2011 their debut album "Amaranthe" was released to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland, and was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world, all genres!
Their singles “Hunger”, “Rain” and “Amaranthine” are pretty much loved by their fans. In Spring of 2011 they did a full on European tour with Kamelot and Evergrey, and now they set their sights on the world.
And tonight they are occupying the Borderline stage in London. With three singers fronting the stage you are never bored of watching this band.
They kick the gig with the famous track “Leave Everything” and straight away the packed crowd starts singing and headbanging. No minutes are wasted!
The female vocalist Elize Ryd has a good presence onstage to which it is hard to take your eyes away. She is followed on clean vocals by Jake E, and Andreas on the growls.
I have never really seen three main singers in a band before, and while I have to admit it works, I m still not convinced you really need three! Of course all harmonies are covered but still…
Bassist Johan Andreassen does a really great job at making the fans scream to get more songs played, even offering a free t-shirt for the loudest one!
Tonight it is a birthday celebration for the guitarist Olof, and a hardcore fan suggests to sing the “happy birthday” song, which the band does gladly as they seem to experience some sound difficulties.
The rest of the set flows nicely and is full of energy, Morten on the drums does a very good job.
There are catchy tunes for sure, this is good to listen to before a night out to get you nicely in the mood to party!
ENTER THE MAZE
ACT OF DESPERATION
DIRECTOR S CUT
CALL OUT MY NAME