Concert Review: Amaranthe @ Nijmegen
As support act, Swedish hardrockband Sonic Syndicate is tagging along on this European run. Sonic Syndicate aswell as Amaranthe recently released a new album, marking the beginning of a new era for both bands also meaning we get to hear a lot of brand new tracks this evening!
I like to think that the band will leave the country knowing they've made a couple of new fans among the many attendees this evening!
Among others 'On The Rocks', 'Maximalize' and of course singles 'Fury' and 'That Song' were on the setlist, creating a hype surrounding the (almost) premiering of so many new songs on the setlist.
Amaranthe consists of 6 members, from which 3 are vocalists without any instrumental duties, giving the popmetal band a unique chance to take crowd entertainment to a next level.
Amaranthe seemingly had some issues getting in the vibe at the start of the concert, but after a few tracks, that feeling was long passed.
All the members had found their rythm and were clearly having a whole lot of fun on stage. The set was packed with powerful tracks from all of their albums, making sure there was something for everyone to enjoy. Fan favourites such as 'The Nexus' and 'Call Out My Name' from their earlier work were overwhelmingly embraced by a hyped audience and newcomers such as 'Boomerang' and 'On The Rocks' were welcomed with open arms and already sung along to on top of the fans' lungs.
All of the members express great joy in their presence, connecting with the audience on a personal level. Sharing hand gestures with the fans, aswell as shaking their hands in between of songs or even in between of vocal switches, Amaranthe's set was highly entertaining.
Even if you went to the concert with no clue whatsoever about their tracks, you'd probably still walk out there feeling amazed and forfilled. Their chorusses are so incredibly catchy, making their sound very approachable even for the newbies.
All in all, Amaranthe's show is filled with multiple enjoyable aspects. Besides a tight execution of their catchy tracks, Amaranthe has a great lightshow to go with it, aswell as some synchronized headbanging, which is always entertaining to see. Elize Ryd's wardrobe change mid-set is also a minor point that gives the show just that little bit extra. This band works because of the effort every member puts in.
Written by Glenn van den Bosch
Photos by Eva van Kuik (Full gallery below)