CD review AMARANTHE ‘Manifest’

‘Manifest’, the term, stands for strong aims and ambitions, announced publically. ‘Manifest’ is also the title of Amaranthe’s new album that will available from October 2nd and having given the longplayer such a strong title raises the question of what the manifest is about. I can’t finally answer this question, but the album is certainly a next statement for mixing melody with harshness. Supported by a good production and a voluminous sound an album like ‘Manifest’ is built on a solid foundation.

With their new record,  Amaranthe stay true to themselves. Melodic death metal, with  Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s growling being an important asset, is still an element of Amaranthe’s music while I also have the feeling of the melodic parts gaining additional momentum. with songs like ‘Make It Better’ including for example clean vocals by Englund Wilhelmsson. If you put the sound of ABBA and melodic Swedish death metal into one big melting pot of music and distill the essence from it, you will end up at ‘Manifest’.

The opener ‘Fearless’ fits into this pattern as well as songs like ‘Viral’. With the latter the band has a song on the tracklist that could go viral, thinking about the catchiness that comes with it. ‘Adrenaline’ make your heart pumping faster, followed by the anthemic ‘Strong’, aiming for a cinematic expression.

All in all ‘Manifest’ is solid but at the same time doesn’t bring that much new to the plate. The band continue to make us of their formula of success, which also means that if you like the earlier releases, the newest offer will be a satisfying experience for you also. If the band can enlarge their fanbase though is another open question. Probably all will stay very much in the existing framework.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Fearless
  2. Make it Better
  3. Scream My Name
  4. Viral
  5. Adrenaline
  6. Strong
  7. The Game
  8. Crystalline
  9. Archangel
  10. BOOM!1
  11. Die and Wake Up
  12. Do or Die

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2020

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