This afternoon, the holy ground for heavy music and sacred space for metal heads saw the beginning of another glorious chapter for one of our brightest modern metal stars. Swedish six-piece Amaranthe announced their upcoming studio album “The Catalyst” live on stage after their bedazzling performance on Wacken’s main stage.
“So at last it is official! This has been a long time in the making, and more effort went into this album than any previous Amaranthe record. You have already gotten a taste of what’s to come on ‘Damnation Flame’, but as the most varied and eclectic Amaranthe album to date, expect the unexpected! We cover a lot of musical ground on ‘The Catalyst’, but the core of what we are about creatively is completely intact. It will be immediately obvious that you are listening to Amaranthe, as much as it will be immediately obvious that this is both a leap forward as well as a step up. Can’t wait for all of you to hear what we have been cooking, as well as seeing us perform these pristine new songs on the road SOON!”, guitar player Olof Mörck states about this moment.
“‘The Catalyst’ is the most conceptually coherent piece of work in Amaranthe’s storied history. Dedicated to notions of transformation and revelation, it delves deeper than any previous album”, as Olof Mörck explains.
“We’ve done these things before, but we’ve never been as theatrical as we have this time”, Mörck grins. “In fact, we all questioned whether we went too far this time, but I also figured that this band was always this way. Literally the first seconds of our first video was a big explosion! But yes, ‘The Catalyst’ is more theatrical than ever. We’ve never really been symphonic or orchestral before, but this time we just thought why not? Because we can! The key to this album is that we let go of the boundaries and decided to do something even more adventurous”.
“The Catalyst” will see the light of the day on February 23rd 2024, via Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be available digitally and in different physical formats including CD, Vinyl, and a 2CD Special Edition.
Pre-order & pre-save “The Catalyst” here.
1. The Catalyst
3. Damnation Flame
7. Stay a Little While
9. Breaking the Waves
10. Outer Dimensions
12. Find Life
“The Catalyst” represents the culmination of 15 years of hard work and the breathless pursuit of a wholly original musical vision. Change is inevitable. Victory is assured.
European Live Shows 2023:
05.08. FI Lieto – Smuggler Rok
10.08. ES Villena – Leyendas Del Rock
17-19.08. CZ Moravský Krumloch – Rock Castle
20-24.09. DE Berlin – Full Metal Cruise
01.12. FI Jyväskyla – John Smith Rock Frozen
02.12. FI Joensuu – Unholy Winter Fest
Formed in 2008, Amaranthe walked their own unique path from the start. With a sound that combined the sharpest, cutting edges of melodic metal, electronic rock and razor-sharp pop, their impact was immediate and undeniable. Kicking off with their self-titled debut in 2011, the Swedes blazed a trail through the European metal scene and beyond, swiftly establishing themselves as a dazzling one-off, not least due to the unprecedented triple vocal attack that paired clean tones with exquisite melodic sensibilities and feral growls. Over the next few years, the sextet steadily grew in stature, releasing a series of praised studio records that jabbed persistently at the boundaries of modern metal.
Elize Ryd – Vocals
Mikael Sehlin – Growls
Olof Mörck – Guitars, keyboards
Johan Andreassen – Bass
Morten Løwe Sørensen – Drums
Nils Molin – Vocals