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After years in waiting, and a short prelude in the form of their 2012 PROGPOWER USA appearance, Swedish/Danish modern metal sextet AMARANTHE are now very excited to announce their very first U.S. headline tour, starting on July 17th in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre! The tour hits several major U.S. cities and more dates are scheduled to be added soon. Support will come from Kobra And The Lotus. Stay tuned to the official AMARANTHE site www.amaranthe.se and the official band Facebook page for updates.
Fast, loud, and full of energy, Amaranthe’s newest full-length, The Nexus, is a full-on scifi-tinged explosion of speed metal, achieving escape velocity from the sound of its first note. The Swedish sextet have been climbing the ladder of the world’s metal scene, and this newest collection of propulsive energy will no doubt strap a rocket under them and launch them into the stratosphere.
Called a “futuristic dream nightmare” by guitarist and co-founder Olof Mörck, the album kicks off with an decidedly Mega Man sounding “Afterlife”, which showcases the triple vocals of singers Andy, Jake E, and Elize. It’s this interesting dynamic between singers that is the cornerstone of the band’s sound. The sheer velocity of the music really does call to mind the soundtracks to Capcom games from the early-mid ’90s, though the band’s pop instincts show through in tracks like “Burn With Me”, and its more techno side emerges in “Electroheart” and “Razorblade”. This push and pull between the brutal and the candy floss, between the scream and the wail, furthers the story at the heart of The Nexus, one of fighting against unseen faceless oppressors and using the machines of the present to build a shining metal future. The closing track, “Transhuman”, especially captures this idea of becoming more than ordinary, being greater than human.
Dead Leaf Echo’s debut full-length, Thought And Language, is a pop dreamscape, dripping with atmosphere and ephemera. Caught in the space between Pink Floyd-esque psychedelia and new wave aesthetics, the album takes the listener on a journey through the beginning of a life, all the while drifting on a wind of the future.
Speed metal at its fastest and most blistering, Hatchet’s second album, Dawn of the End, is a collection of 10 blistering tracks that proclaim, in a loud and screeching voice, that thrash is not dead, and they’re here to prove it.
Formed in 2008, Yellow Day Union started off as a staple in the growing Orlando Pop-Punk scene. With most shows reaching capacity, the band started to branch out to other markets.
In March 2009 the band had their first release, titled “Yellow Day Union”. The album has had much success and gained the attention of many fans worldwide. With songs full of angst, romance, pressing social issues and raw emotion, the band proved they are much more than just a pop-punk band.
For those of you that didn’t know, Santoro created a Celebrity March Madness style game for his blogs. Check it out, and you’ll notice that not only was I included in the other category; I won out the first round. Round two pits me against Tom Brady.
I did the same thing today that I do on most Thursdays. I sat around for most of the day trolling the internet trying to figure out something to write about. This week, i all could find was a bunch of celebrity news and March Madness information. That got me thinking…I could do something that combines both of them and will take care of several weeks of my blog entries.