Amaranthe – “Massive Addictive” (2014)

Label: Spinefarm Records/Universal

Review by Tony Cannella

With their 3rd album, Sweden’s Amaranthe returns with their patented blend of hard rock, metal, metalcore and pop. It’s an infectious brew and one that you will hear in all its glory on “Massive Addictive”.

Amaranthe has steadily seen their stature grow with each album and “Massive Addictive” is sure to see that trend continue. From the opening track, “Dynamite” it is clear that Amaranthe are at the top of their game. The guitar riffs are crunchy and the ever present triple vocal attack is still there. Next we have the fantastic “Drop Dead Cynical” which the band has also done a video for. This – in my opinion – is one of the best songs the band has done and gets instantly stuck in your head after one listen. It is always cool how the band manages to toe the line between almost pop-like melodies with heavy guitars, electronic sounds and metal. “Trinity” is solid and boasts a great, memorable chorus. “Massive Addictive” is another big highlight. “Digital World” is a great up-tempo tune and another favorite. Other highlights include: “True”, “Danger Zone” and “An Ordinary Abnormality”.

With “Massive Addictive” Amaranthe continues to provide their growing fan base with high caliber music. All the elements that fans have come to expect and trust is still present; those killer melodies are still there. To sum up, “Massive Addictive” is massively addictive.

Rating – 88/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Dynamite
  2. Drop Dead Cynical
  3. Trinity
  4. Massive Addictive
  5. Digital World
  6. True
  7. Unreal
  8. Over and Done
  9. Danger Zone
  10. Skyline
  11. An Ordinary Abnormality
  12. Exhale

 

Line Up

  • Jake E – Clean vocals (male)
  • Elize Ryd – Clean vocals (female)
  • Henrik Englund – Harsh vocals
  • Olof Mörck – Guitars, keyboards, bass
  • Johan Andreassen – Bass
  • Morten Løwe Sørensen – Drums

 

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