Amaranthe
The Nexus


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
March 20th, 2013 | 68 replies | 10,094 views


Release Date: 03/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It screams oh so bad, but it’s oh so great! One third corset metal.

It’s not every day that you find an album that is filled with gimmicks and cheesy sections that proves itself to be a quality listen, even if the two attributes mentioned are in fact detrimental Amaranthe’s The Nexus, sustains itself in a very memorable way. More often than not albums filled with synth, breakdowns and dual male and female vocals that harmonize and play off each other are usually met with a high level of distaste. Fortunately The Nexus proves just how this preconception can be misplaced. Amaranthe are often noted for blending pop features with melodic death metal stereotypes and the result is memorable, fantastic in its head-bobbing catchiness. Since debuting in 2011 with a self-titled effort, Amaranthe have only built on that foundation two years later with, The Nexus. Having toured with the likes of Kamelot, the comparison between acts is fitting. Think for a while; remove the synth, screams and female vocals, things begin to sound very similar, this shows that the foundation was there and has been built on, layer by layer.

The album’s best features come in the triple vocal effort, whilst cleans are shared they are predominately taken by Elize Ryd, whose vocal register matches that of a female fronted rock/metal band but also stretch just a little out of a comfortable zone bouncing off her male vocal counterparts, preventing the record from sounding too same-y. In contrast, the mid-range screams are taken by Andreas Solveström which despite doing nothing in the way of harsh vocals provides enough force to keep this record’s metal roots. Bordering on power metal, pop culture and melodic death metal does have a few constraints, one of which is balance. Make no mistake, what Amaranthe do, they do well. When combining typical features of pop with the varying melodic death metal sections every so often the transitions will clash at an instrumental level. The synth especially is used too much, seemly added for the hell of it. The Nexus seems to cover a lot of ground but will at times become slightly overbearing as each component comes together. Most of the time, the result fits together perfectly, as for the rest - it’s like a child holding a puzzle piece in the air not knowing where it fits, confusing at the best of times.

With twelve tracks finishing at a reasonable forty one and a half minutes, The Nexus is an easy listen. Feel good track after feel good track bulk out the album with a context of ‘believe in you’ and ‘I am invincible’ provides a relatable lyrical context for the casual listener. That’s not to say Amaranthe don’t dabble in a serious topic or two (see ‘Burn With Me’ and ‘Future On Hold’) but the album is largely set with an uplifting atmosphere bouncing with pop energy. Even with all the sound combinations, Amaranthe still manage to fit in some tasty guitar solos. Usually a combination of sweep/shred joy notes ring above the rest of the instrumental sections entering the limelight and remaining even after the last melodic note has faded. Needless to say, the albums a rather short lived on these short-ish tracks but there are more licks than breakdowns and as a result the album as a whole benefits. Overall, Amaranthe’s The Nexus, is an excursion in blending some rather cheesy features together without fluffing up the album with tedious clichés. The album isn’t going to please everyone, but it is a catchy display of musical ingenuity, willing to try something that may have been done before, but in this case it’s done well.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


This is something I could see Pizza lovin', haven't seen him for ages, miss the guy.

IESPESTPM
March 20th 2013



9 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't like this

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


You know what, that's okay

blacktheripper
March 20th 2013



722 Comments


holy god 157 reviews

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


Wait til you meeet R2R : ]

Keyblade
March 20th 2013



14684 Comments


This is something I could see Pizza lovin', haven't seen him for ages, miss the guy.

yea he really dug the last one. i miss him too

Digging: Strawberry Switchblade - Strawberry Switchblade

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


Yeah compared to the last record this seems much much tighter. What happened to the CheeseMachine?

blacktheripper
March 20th 2013



722 Comments


who is R2R

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/user/ReturnToRock

Dudes a hard/rock/metal/kiss reviewing titan. Count em' boys #299 and counting,

blacktheripper
March 20th 2013



722 Comments


holy shit.

blacktheripper
March 20th 2013



722 Comments


he commented on my nirvana review i think.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


Been here for a while too,

blacktheripper
March 20th 2013



722 Comments


yeah i can see. god 299 reviews is insane though.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


Who are you noobie?

blacktheripper
March 20th 2013



722 Comments


will, what about you?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


I'm the walking talking iPod, for all things all rounding in metal : ]

blacktheripper
March 20th 2013



722 Comments


sounds pretty cool. im pretty into metal myself, dont get to listen to a whole lot of newer stuff though because my internet is pretty slow and cant stream very effectively. mainly dig megadeth and the occasional dose of sodom

ReturnToRock
March 20th 2013



3448 Comments


Are Wade Barrett, CM Punk, David Otunga, Titus O'Neil or Heath Slater anywhere in this album?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013



6993 Comments


Sorry dude, not so much : [

McOshea
March 20th 2013



139 Comments


two reviews of the same band one after the other, damn ipod you were on a roll bro.



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