AMARANTHE – Manifest (2020) Album Review
- Amaranthe – Manifest (2020)
- Nuclear Blast Records
- Subgenre: Melodic death/power metal/metalcore
- Style: Heavy Metal
- Release date: October 2, 2020
- Reviewed by Michael Juvinall – Horror Patch
- Fearless 3:31
- Make It Better 3:50
- Scream My Name 3:03
- Viral 3:01
- Adrenaline 3:09
- Strong (featuring Noora Louhimo of Battle Beast) 3:06
- The Game 3:01
- Crystalline (featuring Perttu Kivilaakso of Apocalyptica & Elias Holmlid of Dragonland) 3:20
- Archangel 3:23
- BOOM! (featuring Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies) 4:13
- Die And Wake Up 3:08
- Do Or Die (featuring Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy) 3:28
- 82nd All the Way (Sabaton cover) 3:21
- Do or Die (featuring Angela Gossow & Jeff Loomis) 3:28
- Adrenaline (acoustic)
- Crystalline (orchestral)
Rising Swedish heavy metal group Amaranthe is a band I’ve been following since early in their career. The band was formed in 2008 but didn’t release their first album until 2011, which is when I came across them. They’re not normally the type of metal band that I usually follow but for some reason, I can’t put my finger on, I’m drawn to them. I typically like the more extreme metal music and Amaranthe doesn’t fall into that category at all.
One of the most unique aspects of Amaranthe is they have three vocalists, each with different vocal styles. Elize Ryd is the powerhouse female clean lead vocalist, along with Nils Molin as the male clean vocalist, and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson supplying the dirty male vocals. Most of their songs feature all three vocalists throughout. But it’s definitely Elize Ryd’s amazing voice which is at the forefront of the band’s sound. Not to mention she’s simply gorgeous.
To describe Amaranthe’s sound is a bit difficult. Their musical style is all over the place. They incorporate elements of melodic death metal with power metal, mainstream dance, and even metalcore – all with amazing melodies. In researching the band, I found they eschew the normal extreme metal themes of darkness and hate in favor of more enlightened, positive vibes. What I like most about their music is it’s just so damn catchy and melodic, but heavy at the same time.
Their new album Manifest is their sixth full-length effort, and it is a force to be reckoned with. The album consists of 12 tracks of new material, with not much filler at all. Every track is solid material that will get most listeners up and moving.
The album’s individual single releases are the planned radio airplay tunes that are all really good songs. Do or Die, Viral, and Strong are the standout mainstream tracks on the album. All three feature incredible vocals, strong melodies, catchy riffs, and breakdowns. These are the most melodic and accessible for new fans.
The heaviest standout tracks include Archangel, which is a killer track. It features great guitar hooks and begins with some dirty vocals by Henrik Englund Wilhemsson. Boom is another favorite on the album of mine which also features guest vocals with Heidi Shepherd of Butcher Babies.
If I have anything even remotely negative to say about the new album is that a couple of tracks are not up to par with the rest of the album, and those are Scream My Name and Crystalline. But that’s not to say they’re terrible tracks because they’re not.
There are no long – drawn out songs on the album that get boring. The longest song clocks in at only 4:13, with the rest around the 3:00 minute – 3:30 mark and for me, that’s the perfect song length. Get in, get heavy, and get done before you wear out your welcome – that’s the way I like it.
Manifest is really going to bring Amaranthe up a notch or two in the music world. They are a band destined to be huge and I look forward to seeing where their music takes them in the future. My only complaint is that I haven’t seen them live yet. That was going to change this year and planned to see them perform in Chicago but then Covid-19 happened. Maybe in 2021.
My take on the new album is this – buy it, stream it, download it, but give it a listen, it’s killer!
4 out of 5 Pentagrams!
Elize Ryd – vocals
Henrik “GG6” Englund
Wilhelmsson – vocals
Nils Molin – vocals
Olof Mörck – guitars & keys
Morten Løwe Sørensen – drums
Johan Andreassen – bass