Amaranthe are a band that mix a ton of Metal genres, and I love it. Though their three-singer (male clean, male harsh, and female clean) formula isn't as original as everyone thinks it is (poor Trail of Tears get no love), their sound certainly is a breath of fresh air. It's extremely catchy and makes me want to dance, yet it's able to retain heavyness. It's a hard thing to do, and they've found a great balance. I can't wait to see them live at ProgPower USA!
Female singer Elize Ryd is gorgeous, but I'm starting to see a trend of over-sexed women in Metal now. In the video she's flaunting her flat, uber-toned tummy and batting those fake eyelashes like no tomorrow. And the Metal fanboys are just salivating over her like demented puppies. If you go to read the comments on YouTube there's a discussion on it, even.
I think it's sad that record companies are sinking to selling sex to sell records. Just look at Huntress. I love the band's music, but there are so many pornographic pictures of frontwoman Jill Janus that it makes me frustrated, as I'm clearly not the demographic the band (or their management) cares about. I mean, really: Look at this. Tell me that's not selling sex. And tell me that's not pornographic. C'mon, I dare you. The kid doing the photoshop on it probably had to airbrush her nipples out just to get it in the magazine. Because I know her nipples can't be hiding in that jacket. If they are, then I give kudos to her ninja nipples.
Both of these bands are just starting out, so perhaps this is a method that all female-fronted Metal has used to get started and I just never knew. If that's what it takes to sell your first albums, all right, but don't make it so obvious that you're showing off for the fanboys. Pretty please? :D