Swedish heavy metal band, Amaranthe brought their dose of Maximalism to the Webster Hall in the Big Apple. Citizen Zero, Cypher 16 and Smash Into Pieces opened the show. Recently while embarking on the North American trek, singer and founding member Jake E abruptly left the band, leaving Smash Into Pieces frontman, Chris Adam Hedman Sörbye, to fill in the empty void. It worked out for the best for Sorbye while pulling double duty throughout the rest of the tour and proved to be a fitting replacement for the band.
Amaranthe powered up the lively event with the start of their new track “Maximize” and highly energetic “Boomerang.” Ravaging through tracks new and old, they brought life to their previous hits throughout the show which include their continually growing catalog of “Invincible,” “1,000,000 Lightyears,” “The Nexus,” “Digital World” and “Drop Dead Cynical.”
Singer Elize Ryd graced the audience with her beauty along with her powerful vocals and stripped down a bit to show a little skin for the adoring fans. Ryd, while not shy about her glamour also demonstrated her powerful wide range of her vocals, effortlessly carrying the weight of most songs in Amaranthe’s catalog. With equal support from Sorbye’s clean vocals and Hendrik’s heavy vocals, the mix of all three vocal styles has been the deadly combination that earns the band their success. Between their set and the encore, bassist Johan Andreassen came out to entertain the crowd with his “who gives a f*ck” attitude to talk shit and stir up trouble with the audience, as is his usual routine.
“Maximalism” brings the band’s electronic pop elements, and Ryd’s crisp and clean vocals along with them, to the forefront of the Amaranthe sound.
“It hasn’t left anything out because we’re still using every element that we always have been, but it’s just that we’re focusing more on certain things,” Says Ryd.
“Like for example, the next album which we haven’t started writing on yet, of course. In our minds, we think that maybe we can take back the metal or we can choose from what we already have done and see what we want to represent more.”