Amaranthe Premiere “GG6” Music Video

Amaranthe have premiered a new video for their song “GG6.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Helix.”

Amaranthe Announce 2020 North American Tour With Battle Beast & Seven Spires

Amaranthe have announced a 2020 North American tour. Battle Beast and Seven Spires will open.

Tour Dates:

08/20 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
08/21 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (MA)
08/22 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
08/23 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
08/25 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
08/26 Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec
08/27 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
08/28 Toronto, ON – MOD Club
08/29 Angola, IN – The Eclectic Room
08/30 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
09/01 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
09/02 Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater
09/03 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
09/04 Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
09/05 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
09/06 Regina, SK – The Exchange
09/08 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
09/09 Calgary, AB – Dickens
09/11 Vancouver, BC – The Venue
09/12 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
09/14 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
09/15 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
09/16 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky a Go Go
09/18 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
09/19 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar and Billiards
09/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s
09/21 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
09/23 Dallas, TX – Trees
09/24 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live
09/25 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
09/26 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
09/27 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
09/29 Racine, WI – Rt 20
09/30 Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse
10/01 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
10/02 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live

Amaranthe Sign With Nuclear Blast

Amaranthe have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are currently working on a new album and are planning to release it through the label in 2020.

Olof Mörck commented:

“It feels amazing to unveil our cooperation with the giants at Nuclear Blast! Ever since we held our shiny new Nuclear Blast CDs in our teenage hands back in the mid-’90s, they have been at the forefront of bringing the best of the best to the metal scene, and to have them as partners is a dream come true! They are not only massively experienced in the metal scene, but also wonderful people and it has been a pleasure getting to know them. We are already nailing down great plans for the future, and things are looking brighter and stronger for Amaranthe than ever! Keep your eyes open for our next leap forward together in the near future!”

Marcus Hammer, managing director of Nuclear Blast, added:

“We’re more than happy to welcome Amaranthe and Kult Management to the Nuclear Blast family. I’ve already been following the group for a while as they were touring with some of their new label mates. Being both great musicians and humans, that have a clear vision and are supported by an experienced team in the back, it was a no-brainer to try to win this outstanding band for our roster. Now we’re stoked to be the new partner at their side pursuing one goal: adding a successful next chapter to their already shiny career. The future looks bright for both, Amaranthe and Nuclear Blast.”

Sabaton Announce 2020 European Tour With Apocalyptica & Amaranthe

Sabaton have announced a European tour with Apocalyptica and Amaranthe. The band will be touring in support of their new album “The Great War,” which will be released on July 19.

Tour Dates:

01/17 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
01/18 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyer-Halle
01/19 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
01/21 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
01/22 Budapest, HUN – Arena
01/24 Warsaw, POL – Arena COS Torwar
01/25 Berlin, GER – Max-Schmeling-Halle
01/26 Prague, CZE – 02 Arena
01/28 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
01/31 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
02/01 Oberhausen, GER – König-Pilsener-ARENA
02/02 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena
02/04 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
02/05 Madrid, SPA – Vistalegre
02/07 Paris, FRA – Zénith
02/08 London, UK – Wembley Arena
02/09 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
02/11 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
02/12 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum Black Box
02/14 Gothenburg, SWE – Scandinavium
02/15 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
02/16 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum

Metal Anarchy’s Top 20 Albums Of 2018

I have put together a list of my top 20 albums of 2018. You can check that out below. This is just for fun, and I know I probably left out some your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

20. Beartooth – “Disease”

“Disease” is a good album that pretty much has all the elements a Beartooth fan could want. It has a mix of styles, but the best tracks are the ones that are more heavy and melodic. A highlight from this one is “Enemy.”

19. Shinedown – “Attention Attention”

Shinedown have continued to evolve with every release and “Attention Attention” is no exception. The band’s latest music is as fresh as ever and it was catchy enough to score them their 13th No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. A highlight from this one is “Devil.”

18. Behemoth – “I Loved You At Your Darkest”

Considering what a masterpiece Behemoth’s 2014 album “The Satanist” was, fans have been dying for a follow-up and “I Loved You At Your Darkest” was born. Though it did not necessarily top “The Satanist,” it is still a dark and dynamic album that will keep the listener engaged. A highlight from this one is “Bartzabel.”

17. Scars On Broadway – “Dictator”

Fans are still waiting for a new System Of A Down album, but the odds of that ever happening are still very slim. However, people still got some new music from Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway with the release of “Dictator,” an album that is similar enough to System Of Down to help tide some of them over. A highlight from this one is “Lives.”

16. Breaking Benjamin – “Ember”

When Breaking Benjamin returned with “Dark Before Dawn,” fans were ecstatic to see that the band could still bring it after all that time and everyone was hoping “Ember” could keep up the pace. The effort did just that by presenting a heavier side of the group, both musically and lyrically, making for what some may see as one their best works to date. A highlight from this one is “Tourniquet.”

15. Black Stone Cherry – “Family Tree”

“Family Tree” is everything a Black Stone Cherry fan could want. It’s a bluesy, soulful, southern rock record with killer tracks all the way through. A highlight from this one is “Bad Habit.”

14. All That Remains – “Victim Of The New Disease”

“Victim Of The New Disease” sees All That Remains returning to their heavy and aggressive roots, much to the delight of fans. Sadly, it will be the group’s last album with the late Oli Herbert, but it is perfect gift to remember him by. A highlight from this one is “Fuck Love.”

13. Underoath – “Erase Me”

“Erase Me” is Underoath’s first album in eight years and it showcases a more mature band. The group have removed the Christian label, while taking on a new approach to create powerful, honest, and heartfelt songs. A highlight from this one is “On My Teeth.”

12. Godsmack – “When Legends Rise”

“When Legends Rise” provides fans with the dose of hard rock they would expect from Godsmack. Though not as heavy as earlier material, it still packs a punch while showcasing tracks that are perfect for contemporary active rock radio. A highlight from this one is “Take It To The Edge.”

11. Diamante – “Coming In Hot”

You may not have heard of Diamante yet, but you will. Her debut album “Coming In Hot” is a straight forward rocker that is a pretty fun listen all the way through. A highlight from this one is “Haunted.”

10. Nonpoint – “X”

Nonpoint seem to have tapped into a whole new level of energy with “X.” It’s heavy and catchy and proves the band still have a lot to say. A highlight from this one is “Chaos And Earthquakes.”

09. Judas Priest – “Firepower”

Judas Priest’s “Firepower” has everything a fan of old-school metal could ask for. The effort is solid all the way through and it will definitely be considered a classic in the years to come. A highlight from this one is “Lightning Strike.”

08. Amaranthe – “Helix”

Amaranthe are among the masters when it comes to pop metal and “Helix” drives that point even further. The effort has a dancey vibe, mixed with heaviness and fresh new vocals from new singer Nils Molin (Dynazty), who does a good job at complementing Elize Ryd’s angelic voice and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s growls. A highlight from this one is “Countdown.”

07. Sevendust – “All I See Is War”

Sevendust have continued to crank out quality material for more than 20 years and “All I See Is War” only adds to their legacy. It’s a solid rock album with great musicianship and big choruses that hook the listener from the beginning. A higlight from this one is “Dirty.”

06. Bad Wolves – “Disobey”

Bad Wolves broke it big with their hit cover Of The Cranberries’ “Zombie”, which Dolores O’Riordan was supposed to sing on before her tragic death, but their debut album “Disobey” has so much more to offer than that track. It runs the gamut from hard rock to melodic metal making it something that a fan of any subgenre may enjoy. A highlight from this one is “No Masters.”

05. Chelsea Grin – “Eternal Nightmare”

“Eternal Nightmare” is Chelsea Grin at the top of their game. New vocalist Tom Barber (ex-Lorna Shore) breathed new life into the band and helped them create the best album of their career. A highlight from this one is “Hostage.”

04. Zeal & Ardor – “Stranger Fruit”

When Zeal & Ardor released “Devil Is Fine” their unique blend of black metal and slave spirituals took the metal world by storm and they were able to keep the momentum going with “Stranger Fruit.” It’s a soulful, heavy masterpiece that managed to top the first album and prove that the band aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. A highlight from this one is “Row Row.”

03. Bullet For My Valentine – “Gravity”

Admittedly, Bullet For My Valentine’s “Gravity” did not sit well with a lot of fans due to the changes in the band’s sound, but when you listen to it at face value without comparing it to older material, it is actually really good. Sometimes bands need to adapt and evolve to survive, and Bullet For My Valentine did just that while putting out what may be the most personal record frontman Matt Tuck has ever written. A highlight from this one is “Letting You Go.”

02. Halestorm – “Vicious”

With “Vicious”, Halestorm have continued to be a powerful force in the music world. It is hard-hitting rock and roll at its finest and it proves once again that Lzzy Hale is one of the best frontwomen in the business. A highlight from this one is “Uncomfortable.”

01. Ghost – “Prequelle”

With “Prequelle”, Ghost proved once again why they deserve to continue rising the ranks in the rock/metal world. The effort has some heavy elements mixed with catchy 80’s sounding hooks that make it hard not to listen to it over and over again. A highlight from this one is “Dance Macabre.”