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CD review CYHRA "Letters to Myself"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Cyhra, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, CD Review, Spinefarm, Melodic Metal, In Flames, Amaranthe

CD review CYHRA "Letters to Myself"

(8/10) CyHra is the new outfit of ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad and ex-Amaranthe vocalist Joacim Lundberg, both finding together via the idea of creating an individual solo album each. But what’s better than combine forces and take everything together for one record. CyHra was born and by adding former In Flames bassist Peter Iwers as well as Alex Landenburg the line-up was completed.

The longplayer comprises 13 songs of which you might have heard “Karma” earlier since it was the first single release from the album. As not expected different CyHra is playing melodic metal that is still very riff based. Strömblad’s guitar sound was already a substantial element of In Flames and it’s awesome to listen to his riffing and solos again. His signature is very present which goes together with Lundberg’s clean vocals very well.

CyHra, that's about melodic contemporary metal, never becoming harsh and unpolished. The guys have a great sense for hooks that are catchy and harmonic, balancing the poles of heaviness and melody in a good fashion which makes the record to lively one.

The first single also acts as opener. The song is a perfect choice since it represents the longplayer very well. Melody meets a dense sound meets well done guitar lines meets excellent performed vocals. However, the real highlights are songs like „Letter to Myself“, with Strömblad’s typical guitar signature. This song fires on all cylinders and I would have wished to get more of it. But it is what it is, with the more melodic „Holding Your Breathe“ also belonging to the best the genre can offer these days. Each of the 13 tunes slowly unveils its beauty with songs like "Heartrage" making it impossible to stand still.

CyHra‘s sound is often kike a thrilling ride on the borderline. The risk of taking a step too far, ending in triviality, is constantly present. Fortunately the guys are experienced enough to avoid such a fatal step.

CyHra‘s album grew with every spin on the record player. Even though it‘s catchy it took a while till I could discover its full fascination. These songs and esp. the hooks find a way into your mind and stay there - if you want it or not.





  1. Karma
  2. Heartrage
  3. Here To Save You
  4. Muted Life
  5. Closure
  6. Letter To Myself
  7. Dark Clarity
  8. Holding Your Breath
  9. Rescue Ride
  10. Black Wings
  11. Inside A Lullaby
  12. Dead To Me
  13. Letters To Myself


Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: October 20th, 2017



'New' AMARANTHE album

Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Amaranthe, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, News, Unplugged

Sweden-based metal band Amaranthe announced another release. It's a b-sides compilation called "Breaking Point: B-Sides 2011-2015". The album comes with two songs from the earlier days of the band plus acoustic songs.

Furthermore the band will post a new video for "True"; a song that is, as an accosutic version, also on the album.

"With the high-octane energy of singles/videos 'Digital World' and 'Drop Dead Cynical,' we wanted a slightly more mellow third single," Olof explained. "The choice fell upon 'True,' which provides a great contrast with its hopeful yet melancholy lyrics and style. To match this with the perfect video, we once again turned to mastermind Patric Ullaeus, and the result is an inspiring and engaging take on how your dreams and visions don't always turn out the way you planned. But instead, there might be something greater than you hoped for down the line, as long as your heart stays true."


Track Listing:

  1. "Hunger" (Acoustic)
  2. "Afterlife" (Acoustic)
  3. "Amaranthine" (Acoustic)
  4. "Burn With Me" (Acoustic)
  5. "Trinity" (Acoustic )
  6. "True" (Acoustic)
  7. "Breaking Point"
  8. "Splinter In My Soul"
'New' AMARANTHE album

Tour dates AMARANTHE

Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2014 von Markus W. in Amaranthe, Heavy Metal, News, Tour

Here are the Amaranthe tour dates for spring and summer this year:

03.19.2014 - Underground - Cologne, Germany
03.21.2014 - Rockstar - Bilbao, Spain
03.22.2014 - Arena - Madrid, Spain
03.23.2014 - Salamandra - Barcelona, Spain
03.25.2014 - Z7/Gallery - Pratteln, Switzerland
03.26.2014 - Live Club - Milano, Italy
03.27.2014 - Garage Club - Bellinzona, Switzerland
03.28.2014 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
03.29.2014 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
03.30.2014 - Szene - Vienna, Austria
04.01.2014 - Club 202 - Budapest, Hungary
04.02.2014 - Nova Chemlnice - Prague, Czech Republic
04.03.2014 - Parkschänke - Limbach, Germany
04.04.2014 - Lido - Berlin, Germany
04.05.2014 - 02 Academy Islington - London, United Kingdom
04.06.2014 - RoFa - Ludwigsburg, Germany
04.09.2014 - Slade Rooms - Wolverhamption, United Kingdom
04.11.2014 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, United Kingdom
04.12.2014 - Le Forum - Paris, France
05.24.2014 - Metallsvenskan - Örebro, Sweden
06.08.2014 - Underwall Festival - Zadar, Croatia
08.09.2014 - Rockpod Kamenom - Snina, Slovakia
08.14.2014 - Rockstad: Falun - Falun, Sweden
08.17.2014 - Made of Metal - Hodonin, Czech Republic
09.05.2014 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
09.06.2014 - Brynerocken - Bryne, Norge 
09.27.2014 - Bingo Entertainment - Kiev, Ukraine
Photo: Ville Juurikkala

Photo: Ville Juurikkala