Presents: Amaranthe, Dynazty and Soen

Now, if there is one thing I don’t really understand and there are plenty of things that fall into that category, but for the purpose of this post it’s the musical genres and sub-genres that get bandied about. They pretty much remind me of the ridiculous variations on coffee, but that’s a topic for another post altogether.

Now, I like a bit of metal however it’s no longer enough to refer to it as metal or even heavy metal. Now it is all about things like symphonic metal, black metal, thrash metal, death metal, nu-metal, old skool metal and one that always makes me smile when I see it written down, Melodic Death Metal. I dunno, it just sounds so oxymoronic, or at least it does to me but I have to admit that until recently I hadn’t even bothered seeking anything out to hear what it was like.

That changed when someone suggested I have a listen to Scar Symmetry, I was pleasantly surprised and guess I can now add melodic death metal to the list of things I can listen to without reaching for the mute button within 90 seconds. Now, you may be asking why I was looking for examples of melodic death metal and the title of this post may have given you a clue. Presents have teamed up with Spinefarm Records and are presenting Amaranthe, a Swedish metal band, as the headline act in what promises to be an ear-splitting night at the Relentless Garage in London. Support comes in the form of their label-mates Dynazty and Soen, who are playing their first ever UK show. Tickets are a reasonable £10 and can be purchased from Ticketweb but read on to see how you can win a pair!

LAST.FM COMPETITION have very kindly given me two pairs of VIP tickets to see Amaranthe, Dynazty and Soen so if you fancy getting your hands on a pair just answer the following question:

Where in Sweden are Amaranthe from?

If you think you know the answer email it together with your name and a contact number to

Your entry has to arrive before 10pm on Thursday 17 May 2012, the winner will be the first two correct entries selected at random. Over-18’s only. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash alternative. Travel to and from the event is not included.

I think for me the most appealing thing is the way it’s been described as “Crushing riffs, lush keyboards and pop choruses reminiscent of the heyday of ABBA.” Say what you will but death metal and ABBA sound too interesting a combo not to catch, just be sure to wear something black as I’m not sure the majority of the audience will appreciate your sparkly ABBA-esque platform boots but then again, what do I know?

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