Title: “That Song” (Single)
Label: Spinefarm Records
Release Date: 9/21/2016
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock
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.
Closing up I have to say that I hope some new live dates for our region are announced soon since the band is great live. Trust me on that if you have not yet seen them. The bands upcoming album is called “Maximilism” and comes care of Spinefarm Records in early November. The longtime fan in me is hoping for a little bit “more” than what the very Pop-centric track offers as a first listen.
1. That Song
Official Website: http://www.amaranthe.com