usually look in one direction only - forward. But, as a tradition, once a year I, Olof, write this chronicle to get a small overview of what has transpired the last 12 months.
It has indeed been a fantastic year for AMARANTHE
, with a colossal journey around the world, a new album release, a new singer, and of course - meeting so many lovely new AMARANTHE
As usual, once you start to pick the year apart it becomes quite overwhelming.
Words say much and so do pictures, but before we start, let's create a general overview in naked figures:
album chart positions around the world
on Billboard heatseekers charts in USA
on the rock album charts in Sweden
on the alternative charts in Finland, and
on the official Finnish album charts
on the international Japanese album charts
million ca streams on Spotify
million ca streams on YouTube
shows around the world
days of traveling
months spent recording 'MASSIVE ADDICTIVE'
So how did the year start? Well, it started (apart from a couple of Swedish warm-up shows) with something of a tradition of ours - in Finland!
We kicked off things in style and had the pleasure of returning to the first venue, Nosturi, we played in Helsinki, when we also first met our future label, Spinefarm. Nostalgic - but the stage and the whole audience area had shrunk noticably! A side effect of being spoiled I guess. We also had the pleasure of returning to old hunting grounds in Turku.
Another tradition of ours is the Bandit Rock awards, where we were nominated for a whole bunch of categories, but a couple of small bands such as In Flames happened to be nominated in the same categories. Oh well, we'll get them this year! At least Elize picked up and awards as role model of the year!
For those about to jump!
Another warm up show in Sweden, and we were ready to hit the road for our very own INVINCIBLE tour 2014
, along with our friends in Deals Death
and Smash into Pieces
! Our second tour in support of "The Nexus"
album, and our very first headline tour in Europe! You are always slightly nervous when you are headlining new territories for the first time, and we weren't at all sure what to expect!
Look there's lots of people yay!
The tour turned out to be a resounding success, with nearly all places packed close to capacity! Lots of familiar venues that we have played before with pretty big main acts, so it was an honour for us to take the stage as a headliner. Our friends in the support bands made sure they were warm every night! Thanks to all of you European AMARANTH
E fans, see you this spring!
Europe is pretty! The continent, not the band. Here; Prague
A special honour for us was returning to the UK and London after almost 2 years of absence, and we also got to perform a bit further north for the first time; Nottingham and Wolverhampton. London was a bit extra magical, but you others were not far behind - see you in the spring too!
We'll be back soon Europe!
No rest for the wicked! While on tour in Europe we finished up the last new songs, so we could enter the studio pretty much directly, to record our new album - 'MASSIVE ADDICTIVE'
! Once again we emigrated to Denmark, and Jacob Hansen's studio, but this time around we had good weather in a beautiful medieval city instead of complete isolation in the frozen tundra, like the last couple of times.
Jacob is excited and ready to go!
We enjoyed a pretty smooth recording, and the days passed on slowly as our new little baby started to take shape - speaking of;
"Don't worry Olof, I've got this"
The hours in the studio are often long, and sometimes endless. But a few days now and then we had the opportunity to get away from the studio for a bit, and among other things we got to visit one of the most epic beaches we have seen!
No caption needed!
In the end, everything fell into place magnificently, and we are still extremely proud of the results of recording 'MASSIVE ADDICTIVE
'! Easily our smoothest and best album recording experience so far. But at this point, it was time to exit the studio for some festivals and a pretty big show in Sweden!
Thank you Jacob!!
We kicked off the festival season at the Swedish Metalallsvenskan, followed by additional festival shows in Croatia, Finland, Estonia and a bunch of other places. Right in the middle of the summer we also had one of our biggest shows of 2014 - opening for Avenged Sevenfold
at Scandinavium arena, right here in our hometown of Gothenburg! It was a dream come true to play this venue with AMARANTHE
, and as you can see a bunch of people showed up!
Continuing on our path for domination in Sweden, we hooked up with the SABATON
guys, and kicked of a shorter tour around the country, playing a bunch of new cities in our home town. A truly great experience, both on and off stage!
Not sure if all these people are and actual audience, or if they are laying siege to the fort just next to us??
Sticking to usual AMARANTHE
tradition, our first single from 'MASSIVE ADDICTIVE',
Drop Dead Cynical, needed a spanking and epic new video to it. MMA fighters, cheerleaders, lots and lots of fire, and the direction of Patric Ullaeus ensures that we could not go wrong.
Johan is part time violent.
After some more festivals in Slovakia, Finland, Czech republic and so on, we had the pleasure to play in Norway for the first time in years - a sold out show in Oslo and a manical crowd in Bryne ensured that AMARANTHE
will return shortly!
Around here most people would probably have opted for a vacation - we opted for TWO full US tours, with a stop in Mexico and Japan! A MASSIVE adventure to kick of a Massive album!
We had the absolute honour of joining Within Temptation
on their USA tour, which started of in San Fransisco and ended up in Boston! WT
had not perfomed in the US for quite some time, and there was a lot of buzz and excitement around that tour indeed. We had a bunch of highlights, maybe most of all Montreal! Expect us to be back very soon.
Two bands on stage in a haunted house; WIthin Temptation and Amaranthe at the Palladium, Worcester (Boston)
Next up was Japan, and the mighty LOOUDPARK! Since we had performed there in 2011, we had a hunch what to expect - absolute epicness, and thousands upon thousands of Japanese fans! It was an unforgetable experience, and you Japanese fans can of course expect us back very soon.
Here we come JAPAN!
first awaited us this time - Mexico! We had heard the stories and rumours of the excitement of the crowd over there, and we were NOT disappointed! Truly one of the more passionate audiences this year. Thanks to our friend Jorge, a few of us also got to visit one of the greatest pyramid complexes in the world; Teotihuacan!
AMARANTHE goes Indiana Jones!
Quite simultaneously as our second US tour leg, it was time for our album release, finally! Early in the tour we were greeted by the fantastic news, that we had hit the no. 1 spot on Billboard's Heatseeker's charts, which of course meant cake and champagne!
The cake is absolutely not a lie!
Ending our American adventure was a shorter headline tour in the south and southwest, starting in Dallas and ending in Atlanta. Our first time there as well, and we were greeted very warmly by you southernerns, thanks a million for that.
The Dallas show was Batman-approved.
Following such an epic journey, we went to Czech republic for a third time this year, and not one time too much - Winter's Masters of Rock was a real treat! We also played a couple of headline shows in Sweden shortly after, making a triumphant return to Henrik's hometown of Stockholm!
Something like a Christmas dinner backstage in Örnsköldsvik
Now, only two shows remained - St. Petersburg and Moscow! Anyone who attended the shows know they were absolute nuts, in all the right ways! St. Petersburg was my (Olof's) birthday, which ended up with a lot of cake on stage and some lovely singing, and we even had a flash mob appearing with the lyrics to Amaranthine. Wow! Moscow was a notch even crazier, and it did certainly not disappoint as the LAST SHOW OF THE YEAR!
The cake is DEFINITELY not a lie! Neither is Jake's hat.
And that pretty much wraps up this chronicle of 2014! THANK YOU so very much for a great year, and see you all THIS year - 2015!
/Olof, on behalf of AMARANTHE