Rage of Light – Redemption (2021) – Review

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One of the main challenges a metal band has in this ever-growing mass of often mediocre material is to stand out and shine. Many genres have been beaten to death so many times that any use of them will resemble that proverbial dead horse. It’s a conundrum of sorts that some manage well – and others less so.

And you basically get two factions. The first is the party of the diehard traditionalists. They will doggedly stick to the basics of any given subgenre, and no matter what. And thus, they will most likely find themselves lodged in … [...] Click to raid more!

Amaranthe – The Nexus (2013) – Review

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Wow! We found ourselves some nexus here. Some sort of The Rasmus on steroids with a taste of Britney Spears. And this featuring a female front and two more male singers.

It is kind of a vocalist overkill of sorts. And all that voodoo is delivered without the feathers that you would have gotten from Lauri and his gang! One could describe it as total Pop and Disco Metal, fully out of control, but with a few solos made by Olof Mörck. Those got my attention though – not bad at all.

In addition, some of the growls would … [...] Click to raid more!

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive (2014) – Review

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I heard somewhere that not knowing the Swedish/Danish Pop Metal band Amaranthe is not knowing Metal.

Come again?

Well, here I am listening to their last, newest, and best 2014 concoction Massive Addictive. For sure, the tunes are catchy, fast, kind of Power Metal, and – as is the custom – overproduced to a point. And often, this just sounds to me like so much George Michael on steroids who teamed up with some pop queen.

Then they must have met some hairy guys, and started to distort guitars, adding some sort of harsh vocals. Last, but … [...] Click to raid more!