B-Mac Chat with Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

by Brandon "B-Mac" McCarthy / 548 days ago / Comments

The country of Sweden is known for producing many great metal bands. There is one band in particular from Gothenburg, Sweden that caught my eye. They call themselves Amaranthe. With their combination of death metal and pop music, they have become one of the best metal acts in the world.

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of their three singers, front woman Elize Ryd. Today, Ryd is considered one of the best female voices in a metal band. I was fortunate enough to be able to conduct our interview through Skype and all I can say is that she has a fiery passion for music.

After giving her a grand introduction, Ryd was eager to speak with me. I asked her what Amaranthe meant and how the name was chosen. She said that Amaranthe translated means “fading flower.” She went on to explain that it is their goal to bring colorful elements into the darkness. She then told me the story of how she joined Amaranthe. She was approached by guitarist Olof Mörck and singer "Jake E" to sing some the songs they were already working on. I then asked her how their upcoming record, Maximalism, is different from their previous records. Ryd explained that they added some new elements and that their unclean vocalist Henrik Englund Wilhemsson shows off his vocal abilities with the song “Fury.” She also told me the two songs that the fans are sure to love are “Boomerang” and “That Song.”

We talked about her time spent as a guest vocalist with metal groups Kamelot and Nightwish. She told me she still loves singing with them when she has the time. She even mentioned doing a Christmas album with Nightwish members Floor Jansen and Marco Hietala. We continued to speak about her favorite singers/performers from the US, which included Courtney Love and Amy Lee of Evanescence. I mentioned to her that Amaranthe has some awesome videos and they give positive messages, such as the message in the music video for “True.”

This was one of my favorite interviews. She was a lot of fun to talk to. I learned a lot about her as a singer and as a person. She was funny, witty, and never took herself too seriously. To end the interview, I told her that she is a great singer, which she thanked me for. I cannot wait to hear Maximalism and see her perform live. To Elize Ryd, I say thank you and we salute you. Horns up!!!


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Amaranthe Tour Dates

04/27/2018 ~ Falun Bowling & Krog Falun, Sweden
04/28/2018 ~ Västerås Rockfest Västerås, Sweden
05/18/2018 ~ Loftas Vilnius, Lithuania
05/19/2018 ~ Melkna Piektdiena Riga, Latvia
05/20/2018 ~ Rockclub Tapper Tallinn, Estonia
06/09/2018 ~ Rockfest Hyvinkaa, Finland
06/23/2018 ~ Festivalpark Stenehei Dessel, Belgium
07/05/2018 ~ Rockfest Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
07/06/2018 ~ Rock Harz Ballenstedt, Germany
07/12/2018 ~ Bang Your Head Festival Balingen, Germany
07/22/2018 ~ Faine Misto Festival Ukrainets, Russian Federation
08/17/2018 ~ Summer Breeze Sinbronn, Germany
08/24/2018 ~ For Evigt Rock Copenhagen, Denmark
10/26/2018 ~ Schlachthof Wiesbaden, Germany
10/27/2018 ~ Turbinenhalle Oberhausen, Germany
10/29/2018 ~ Große Freiheit 36 Hamburg, Germany
10/31/2018 ~ Huxleys Berlin, Germany
11/01/2018 ~ Progresja Warsaw, Poland
11/02/2018 ~ Haus Auensee Leipzig, Germany
11/06/2018 ~ Arena Wien, Austria
11/07/2018 ~ Live Club Milan, Italy
11/09/2018 ~ TonHalle Munchen, Germany
11/10/2018 ~ MHP Arena Ludwigsburg, Germany
11/11/2018 ~ De Effenaar Eindhoven, Netherlands
11/12/2018 ~ KOKO London, United Kingdom
11/14/2018 ~ Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
11/15/2018 ~ KOMPLEX 457 Zurich, Switzerland
11/16/2018 ~ Music Hall Geiselwind, Germany
11/17/2018 ~ Saarlandhalle Saarbrücken, Germany

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I've been writing for heavy rock 'n' roll for over 2 years. I've been a metalhead for over a decade. It will be my duty and pleasure to bring to Center Stage the heavy metal music it has been yearning for. From upcoming bands to legends of hard rock/heavy metal, I will bring you to your knees in Metal!!! For those ready to rock, I salute you. Horns up!!! - Brandon "B-Mac" McCarthy