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A NEW METAL GODDESS ELECTRIFIES WEBSTER HALL 3/8/17

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When Amaranthe’s vocalist and songwriter Elize Ryd walked in to the bar area of Webster Hall on a chilly March afternoon, I assumed she was the band’s publicist.  Her long, brunette locks were stuffed under a knit cap and there was no sign of makeup.  When I realized it was her, I had to laugh.  She’s a lucky one — looks much younger than her age.  Once we started talking, it was clear, when it comes to her overall presence, the antithesis is true.  She carries herself with the confidence and charm of a woman much older.

As the pre-interview small-talk went on, I understood why.

Like me, she comes from a family of entertainers.  Performing is in her blood.  But there’s another reason this job, metal princess, is so important to her.  It’s as though she is carrying a torch and a memory for her brother, a metal musician himself, who passed away far too early, far too young.  I’m so excited to see this stunning woman’s progress from princess to queen; she will most certainly do it.

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