AMARANTHE – The Catalyst

Amaranthe - The Catalyst artwork.
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    AMARANTHE - The Catalyst - 7.9/10


Label: Nuclear Blast
Release date: February 23, 2024

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Swedish Techno Metal masters Amaranthe release what may be their best effort yet with The Catalyst on Nuclear Blast Records. Well known for their three lead vocalists who all blend their unique voices to create a distinctive sound, Amaranthe continue to reach new heights with the latest album. Fronted by female vocalist Elize Ryd (Raskasta Joulua, ex-Avalanche), Nils Molin (Dynazty), and growler Mikael Sehlin (Degradead, Paralydium, Engel), the band can cover a wide variety of vocal styles.

New Ground

Guitarist /keyboardist Olof Mörck had this to say about the new album:

“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!”

Final Notes

Amaranthe – The Catalyst has a lot to offer with high energy pumping beats, to the three pronged vocal attack that set them apart from other bands that rely on a melodic female voice trading riffs with cookie monster vocals. The Catalyst takes things to the next level, and captivates with big melodies and brilliant lead guitars. The album features 12 new originals, as well as a very different cover of Roxette’s song “Fading Like a Flower” from their 1991 album Joyride. Besides the standard formats, The Catalyst will be released as a special edition 2-CD box set, including the CD digi-sleeve with a 16-page booklet, a bonus CD and a pendant. Amaranthe fans, Symphonic Metal fans and Techno Metal fans will all delight in the new album from Amaranthe, so be sure to support the bands you love and pick up a copy of this hot new album.

Amaranthe band photo 2024.


  • Elize Ryd – Vocals
  • Olof Mörck – Guitars, Keyboard
  • Johan Andreassen – Bass
  • Morten Løwe Sørensen – Drums
  • Nils Molin – Vocals
  • Mikael Sehlin – Vocals

The Catalyst – Tracklist

  1. The Catalyst
  2. Insatiable
  3. Damnation Flame
  4. Liberated
  5. Re Vision
  6. Interference
  7. Stay A Little While
  8. Ecstasy
  9. Breaking the Waves
  10. Outer Dimensions
  11. Resistance
  12. Find Life
  13. Fading Like a Flower (Cover version)


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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