Symphonic, gothic metal is sort of an acquired taste, and I really quite like it. But there’s a limit to how much radio-oriented this genre can get, and the new Amaranthe-album steps way over that line. Don’t get me wrong, this is very much a metal album, and a quite brutal one with growling vocals and so forth. But still, this feels so plastic, so radiofriendly and so modern that I just can’t swallow it. It’s the metal-version of the songs playing on commercial radio; it just feels simple, direct and empty. I just don’t enjoy it that much.
Having never really listened to Amaranthe, I had expected something epic and beautiful in the tradition of Nightwish and Within Temptation out of this album. But this is just symphonic metal without all the things that I think makes symphonic metal great. No epic feeling, no beauty and no atmosphere. When I look at the tracklist, I find that every single song on this album is approximately three minutes long. I think that says a lot.
Label: Universal Music
Date of release: 19/10-18
Stand out tracks: Helix