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Nuclear Blast Records Signs Amaranthe

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The Press Release:
Today, Nuclear Blast is very pleased to announce the signing of modern metal outfit AMARANTHE. The Swedish/Danish six-piece is currently working on their 6th studio album, which will tentatively be unleashed in 2020. More big announcements are currently in the pipeline, stay tuned!

AMARANTHE’s Olof Mörck states, “It feels amazing to unveil our cooperation with the giants at Nuclear Blast! Ever since we held our shiny new Nuclear Blast CD’s in our teenage hands back in the mid-90’s, they have been at the forefront of bringing the best of the best to the metal scene, and to have them as partners is a dream come true! They are not only massively experienced in the metal scene, but also wonderful people and it has been a pleasure getting to know them. We are already nailing down great plans for the future, and things are looking brighter and stronger for AMARANTHE than ever! Keep your eyes open for our next leap forward together in the near future!”

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Marcus Hammer, Managing Director of Nuclear Blast, adds, “We’re more than happy to welcome AMARANTHE and Kult Management to the Nuclear Blast family. I’ve already been following the group for a while as they were touring with some of their new label mates. Being both great musicians and humans, that have a clear vision and are supported by an experienced team in the back, it was a no-brainer to try to win this outstanding band for our roster. Now we’re stoked to be the new partner at their side pursuing one goal: adding a successful next chapter to their already shiny career. The future looks bright for both, AMARANTHE and Nuclear Blast.”
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“That Song” (Single) by Amaranthe

Artist: Amaranthe
Title: “That Song” (Single)
Label: Spinefarm Records
Release Date: 9/21/2016
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock
Rating: 2.5/5

As someone who’s been listening to Amaranthe for a few years now (since the self-titled debut of 2011 as a matter of fact) I feel that I might be a little critical at times about what I like and what I don’t when it comes to the band. With that being said I should not dance around the notion that this new track “That Song” doesn’t fully appeal to me as its far too commercial for my liking and while I fully understand that bands change their sound to meet the audiences interest, I think the larger fan base for a band like Amaranthe leans to the heavier more Power Metal side that they have shown some skill at. Sure Elize sounds great as does Jake but I have heard much better from them. The chorus sounds like it might work out best in the live sense so I am leaving my opinion at the halfway mark because over the years I have found myself loving the live version far more than the original studio effort. Case in point comes from the legendary KISS and Cheap Trick whose “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “I Want You To Want Me” are superior versions when done live. Let’s see how this one pans out. According to the band the song entails “Describing the strife and hardships that follow with trying to pursue your dreams, ‘That Song’ embodies the turning point in your life when your direction becomes clear” – okay I’ll be open to that.
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