Amaranthe rocks Tokyo once again

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe
Photo: Stefan Nilsson

By Stefan Nilsson

Melodic Swedish rockers Amaranthe gives us a busy “best of” set as they once again rock Tokyo with their upbeat hard rock infused with catchy pop hooks.

With three solid albums released over the past four years, Amaranthe has created a great catalogue of music to choose from for their gigs. And playing gigs is what they do. They are constantly touring in Europe, North America and Japan. Amaranthe is a great band of rockers who simply won’t get off the tour bus.

Olof Mörck of Amaranthe Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Olof Mörck of Amaranthe
Photo: Stefan Nilsson

This is the band’s fifth time visiting Japan in four years and you can tell as the fans know all the songs. I have seen them on four occasions in Japan and they always deliver. They are a consistent band who doesn’t seem to have any bad days at work. The fact that they have performed at the Loud Park heavy metal festival in Japan twice (in 2011 and 2014) has greatly helped them getting new Japanese fans. Since their first showcase gig at legendary Astro Hall in Harajuku, Tokyo in July 2011, they have won some seriously devoted Japanese fans. It was the early success in Japan that kicked off their international career.

Olof Mörck of Amaranthe Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Olof Mörck of Amaranthe
Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Amaranthe is a fun bunch of people and it shows up on stage. They deliver a great gig full of their trademark upbeat hard rock infused with catchy pop hooks, keyboard landscapes and three great vocalists with very different styles. They have s strong start to the gig with “Digital World”, “Trinity” and “Hunger” and they just keep going from there. Amaranthe’s power ballads (“Burn With Me”. “Over and Done” and “Amaranthine”) go down as well as the rockier stuff in the set list.

Amaranthe - Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Amaranthe – Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Best this evening are “Massive Addictive”, “Afterlife”, “Call Out My Name” and the knockout encore that gives us a very strong four-song finale – “Automatic”, “Dynamite”, “Drop Dead Cynical” and “The Nexus”. Great stuff. Amaranthe will no doubt be back for their sixth Japan tour in a not too distant future. Japan is still in love with this band.

 

 

Amaranthe - Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Amaranthe – Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Amaranthe – band members

Jake E – vocals

Amaranthe - Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Amaranthe – Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Elize Ryd – vocals

Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson – vocals

Olof Mörck – guitar

Johan Andreassen – bass

Morten Løwe Sørensen – drums

 

Amaranthe - Photo:  Stefan Nilsson

Amaranthe – Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Set list – Amaranthe – Tsutaya O-East, Tokyo 17th July 2015

  1. Digital World
  2. Trinity
  3. Hunger
  4. Invincible
  5. Razorblade
  6. Infinity
  7. 1,000,000 Lightyears
  8. Serendipity
  9. True
  10. Massive Addictive
  11. Over and Done
  12. Afterlife
  13. Burn With Me
  14. Electroheart
  15. Leave Everything Behind
  16. Amaranthine
  17. Call Out My Name
  18. Automatic
  19. Dynamite
  20. Drop Dead Cynical
  21. The Nexus

www.amaranthe.se/ / www.facebook.com/amarantheband

Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson of Amaranthe Photo: Stefan Nilsson

Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson of Amaranthe
Photo: Stefan Nilsson

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