Here is a heavy metal band that dares to change up the sound of heavy metal by mixing in pop music melodies.  They dare to experiment with the sound and I love them for it.

Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish rock band that fuses melodic metal with pop melodies.  The band was formed by Jake E. (of the bands Dreamland, Dream Evil) and Olof Morck (Dragonland, Nightrage).  The project began to take shape when singers Elize Ryd (who was touring with the band Kamelot) and Andreas Solvestrom (of Cipher System, Within Y) signed on, as did drummer Morten Lowe Sorensen (of The Cleansing, Koldborn, Mercenary).  Bassist Johan Andreassen (of Engel) joined after the photoshoot for the “Leave Everything Behind” demo but before the recording of the first album “Amaranthe.”

The band was originally named “Avalanche” but in May 2009, the band was forced to change there name due to legal issues.  They decided to change their name to “Amaranthe” to help support their first album.  They later released their demo, “Leave Everything Behind.”

Their debut album, “Amaranthe,” was released in April 2011 and reached a peak position of 35th on Swedish charts and 16th on Finnish Charts.  The album received mixed reviews from critics with reviews tending to either love it or hate it.

The band’s second studio album, “The Nexus,” was released in March 2013.  Olof Morck described the album as having greater contrasts, a more controversial mix of genres and featuring more creative freedoms than “Amaranthe.”  According to Olof, the band “took everything up to eleven” in the new album. The album reached 6th on the Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts and peaked at 12th on the US Heatseekers charts.

Amaranthe’s musical style is generally considered a mixture of European power metal and melodic death metal.  It has also been described as containing elements of pop, metalcore and even Eurodance.  Lead singer Elize Ryd acknowledged the difficulties in trying to ascribe their music to one specific genre and describes their sound as “dance-metal with a taste of death and modern/melodic metal,” though she admits that, unlike death metal, their focus is on “positive energy” and “opening up minds and giving passion, strength and love.”

I love Amaranthe’s want to experiment with metal.  If ever there was a genre that needed some experimentation, rock and metal would be it.  Their first two albums have been great in my opinion but many others like to argue that it’s not metal.  But that is the beauty of music, it can be changed, reworked and experimented with in millions of different ways.  Who is to say that metal music is suppose to sound one way or another.  They have dared to take a risk and I love them all the more for it.  Check out their biggest hits below and see how unique their sound really is.