Swedish metal outfit Amaranthe have been in the unenviable position of having to replace their vocalist for a minute and they now have their person. To mark the occasion, and to showcase new music at the same time, they’ve dropped the music video for “Damnation Flame.”
As you’d likely expect from Amaranthe, the new single is a melodic metal affair, though this time around they dip into the more symphonic with their heavy metal sound making way for the more symphonic touches throughout its four minute duration. Guitarist, keyboardist, and band leader Olof Mörck said the new song’s change in style was something they’d wanted to do for a while.
“‘Damnation Flame’ breaks new ground for us in many ways, and in all the best ways possible. This is the very first Amaranthe song to feature symphonic elements, something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and the darkened vampiric theme melds together perfectly with our take on modern melodic metal! Amaranthe has always been about being boundless and constantly reinventing ourselves, and by now you know to expect the unexpected. This is 100% pure passion poured into music, as you will no doubt experience yourself from the very first second – enjoy ‘Damnation Flame’, with the promise of much more to come SOON!”
As previously mentioned, this is the first new song featuring their newly chosen singer Mikael Sehlin. Mörck said the decision to pick Sehlin had came after an extensive search to see who could lend their voice to the band.
“After a practically global search, and several amazing guest growlers to help us out on shows and tours we finally found just the right person for the job, in our very own Swedish capital of Stockholm! Mikael Sehlin has everything it takes to join the Amaranthe line up, and his versatility and musicality completes and underscores our vision for our new album and the general future for Amaranthe perfectly. From the deepest guttural grunts to soaring screams Mikael is growling perfection incarnate, so please give a roaring welcome to the new star upon the Amaranthe firmament!”
As expected, Sehlin said in a prepared statement that he was excited to join the band and get started.
“Hello everyone, Mike here! I am very thrilled to tell you I will fill the slot as the new Amaranthe growler and I can’t wait to meet you guys out there! I hope you like the upcoming tracks to which I’ve had the honor recording growls to. Take care and see you soon!”
You can check out the full video below, as well as their current slate of live European summer festival dates below.
AMARANTHE LIVE 2023
01.07. ES Viveiro – Ressurection Fest
04.08. DE Wacken – Wacken Open Air
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
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