Frantic Amber – Bellatrix
Reviewed: October 2019
Released: August 23rd, 2019 / GMR Music Group
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Reviewer: John Haseltine
FRANTIC AMBER started in 2008 as a project in Stockholm by founding guitarist Mary Siebecke, with the intention to play metal with women. At first, it was an experiment through various genres and with clean vocals. It wasn’t until 2010, with the recruitment of Danish ballet dancer Elizabeth Andrews on extreme vocals, as well as Japanese vocal and guitar teacher Mio Jäger to handle lead guitar and main songwriting, that the identity of FRANTIC AMBER started to take its form into the melodic death metal beast they are known as today.
Their music can best be described as melodic death metal with thrash, black, progressive, classic heavy metal and symphonic elements. The thunderous bass together with the technicality and power of the drums provides the backbone, while the guitar’s shredding and soaring melodies complete the soundscape together with Elizabeth’s powerful and aggressive vocals. –
A little bit of borrowed, or stolen biography there. As I was trying to find some decent info on the band, the last stop was at their website, so I took it upon myself to just copy a part of it. It works and I couldn’t have stated it any better myself. The one thing that was not mentioned however was how amazing Frantic Amber sound. There is not a dull moment on this release. From start to finish you are beaten from head to toe by some amazing shredding on the guitars.
I did get a chance to listen to a couple of tracks from previous releases and from what I can surmise, they have not changed the recipe too much on BELLATRIX. Maybe a dash or two more of thrash, but without truly listening to a previously released full-length, it is only a guess. There is no guessing the intensity here or how much this album impresses.
Fans of Arch Enemy, Dreaming Dead, Amon Amarth, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, The Agonist and everyone in between will surely be able to find plenty of listening time for Frantic Amber. I did! Well, I had to the past week, but it will be in regular rotation here now for quite some time going forward.
1. Warrioress Overture
2. Scorched Earth
5. The Ghost That Kills
8. Crimson Seas
9. The Black Knight
Mio Jäger – Guitars (lead)
Elizabeth Andrews – Vocals
Madeleine Gullberg Husberg – Bass
Mac Dalmanner – Drums
Milla Olsson – Guitars