Viking melodic death metal kings Amon Amarth have released their latest opus to battle and immortal raging, the well titled Berserker. I remember in high school in my D&D group everyone was obsessed with the Berserker warrior class character and people would always fight over who got to be that class of rampaging slaughter on two legs. Berserker is the band’s 11th album in a storied career and finds them reliable as ever to their brand.
Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour). After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs — initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself — the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.
Preview and purchase AMON AMARTH’s Berserker at https://amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker.
Catch the warriors on the road with Slayer, Lamb Of God and Cannibal Corpse if you want an entire lineup of bands that will rip off your head and shit down your neck! Good times! Remaining dates below.
AMON AMARTH w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Cannibal Corpse:
5/03/2019 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
5/05/2019 UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
5/07/2019 Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
5/08/2019 The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/10/2019 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
5/11/2019 Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
5/13/2019 Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
5/14/2019 Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
5/16/2019 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
5/17/2019 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
5/19/2019 DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
5/20/2019 Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
5/22/2019 Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
5/24/2019 BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/25/2019 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
Amon Amarth recently released their new documentary and supporting live album(s), The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm – which includes a retrospective documentary that features a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes content and extensive band interviews. This film tells the Swedish quintet’s history, through both their own eyes and those of the fans that have supported them along the way. It is a thrilling collection that pays respect to the faithful, as well as making for a detailed and riveting introduction for those new to their inspiring story. Paired with this documentary is the live video/audio, which contains two different sets at 2017’s Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany, capturing the unit at their very best.
For a preview of The Pursuit Of Vikings, a new live video for “Guardians of Asgaard” can be viewed at: https://thepursuitofvikings.com/ – where The Pursuit Of Vikings can also be purchased in various formats.
Amon Amarth will join Slayer on tour this May for “Leg Five: North America” of Slayer‘s Final World Tour. Featuring additional support from Lamb of God and Cannibal Corpse, this is one show not to be missed!
Amon Amarth comments: “We are very excited to hit the road with Slayer again! It is no secret that Slayer is one of our absolute favorite bands, and even though it is sad to see such an influential and legendary band retiring, it is an absolute honor to have been invited to be a part of their farewell tour.”
See below for their dates with Slayer!
Slayer “Leg Five: North America” tour dates
w/ Amon Amarth, Lamb of God, Cannibal Corpse
May 2 – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
May 3 – Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
May 5 – UTEP/Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
May 7 – Bert Ogden Arena – Edinburg, TX
May 8 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
May 10 – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
May 11 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, Florida
May 13 – Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
May 14 – Merriweasther Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
May 16 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Noblesville, IN
May 17 – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
May 19 – DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
May 20 – Covel Centre – Youngstown, OH
May 22 – Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
May 24 – BB&T Pavilion – Camdel, NJ
May 25 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
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Surprise! Amon Amarth have decided to stop singing about Vikings and instead will focus entirely on Strawberry Shortcake from now on! I jest! Of course they have a new video and it is still about Vikings, you feeble peasants! Though the look of the video is actually like an old fashioned fight club/gambling den, oddly. Regardless, it is still another blood drenched winner from Jomsviking! Ahhh, the guitar solo section is so tasty like fine mead!Add to My Radar
Swedish melodic death metallers Amon Amarth are preparing to reissue their fifth and sixth albums via their long-time record label Metal Blade. Fate of Norns and With Oden On Our Side are 13 and 11 years old respectively.
Metal Blade has already re-released Amon Amarth’s debut album Once Sent From The Golden Hall as well as 1999’s The Avenger, The Crusher and Versus The World.
Amon Amarth released their latest album, Jomsviking, in 2016.
Check out the full list of options for both Fate of Norns and With Oden On Our Side here.Add to My Radar
Yesterday they released the video for their song “At Dawn’s First Light”, off of the upcoming album.
Check out the video for “At Dawn’s First Light” and Amon Amarth tour dates here.Add to My Radar
The Saint Vitus Bar listening party for the sure to be a hugely victorious new Amon Amarth ear pillager Jomsviking was a great event. The already classic yet still newer venue (in the larger scheme of things) hosted a small gathering of some of the most viking metal faithful writers in the scene and various label and musician types as vocalist Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth held court.
The thunderous music was a delight to behold, the full throttle charge of instant anthem “First Kill” (complete with some awesome descending riffs and Johan’s mighty roar) letting us know this was indeed a full blown Amon Amarth battle cry. One does not simply get to their tenth album of Viking themed melodeath and suddenly put out an album of squishy water in your jelly flip flop pool party tunes, for example.
No. Dudes open their new record with the lyrics ,“The first man I killed was the Earl’s right hand man!” growled like it means everything to Johan. These dudes have the power of At the Gates yet with the intense epic feel of European sagas. Outlaw anthems to melt the heart of Skade, the Ski-goddess.
Johan welcomed the writers and PR people, some of us meeting for the first time as people had flown in from the West Coast for the special, exclusive event. He was very friendly but said he hoped we liked the record and made a funny threatening growl at us. My guitarist Ryan Rios from our band GET OUT. had driven me, as I am pretty nearsighted and shitty in metropolitan areas, and he noted that “Raise Your Horns” in particular reminded him of some of the classic styles that made “Runes To My Memory” from With Odin On Our Side so memorable. “The Way Of The Vikings” stood out to me as one of the most aggressive and anthemic tracks yet from a band known for crushing mead halls beneath their treading boots.
The record sounded absolutely incredible and it was cool to run into some old friends like John from Candiria or meet Frank from Metal Injection in person finally or other assembled Metal Blade homies. Jomsviking is really, really uncompromising and good. The epic feel you love is there and yet the songs seem a bit faster, at least to me. There are still some slower war marches and even an awesome, prickly inside cameo from the legendary Valkyrie, er …warlock (World of Warcraft forums say ladies can be Warlocks too) Doro Pesch that raises the whole record to even further Asgardian heights on penultimate track “A Dream That Cannot Be”.
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Late March Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album Jomsviking, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! Jomsviking – the band’s first concept record in their storied career – tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).
The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings. As front-man Johan Hegg explains: “The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths. I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she’s being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee – but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can’t let go of the past. He feels that he’s been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story.”
By far their most ambitious project to date, Jomsviking is available for pre-order in various formats now at amonamarth.com (see below for the official track-listing) – where fans can also view the video for the album’s first single, “First Kill”. Produced by Grupa 13 (http://www.grupa13.com) and directed by Darek Szermanowicz (Behemoth), “First Kill” was filmed in Gohrweide (Germany) and Warsaw (Poland) and features a cinematic depiction of the violent, brutal lyrics, along with powerful live footage of the band performing with their full dragon head and pyro stage-set.
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Swedish heavy metal icons, Amon Amarth, have launched their brand new music video, the title track to their 2013 album, Deceiver of the Gods. The video features clips from the upcoming film, Northmen – A Viking Saga, which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features Johan Hegg as Valli. The film is scheduled for release this Autumn. It’s no surprise, given the level of talent and eye-catching visuals of the film that this will be the most remarkable Amon Amarth video to date. Watch the video now at bloody-disgusting.com HERE. For more information about Northmen, click HERE.
About Northmen – A Viking Saga:
In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. King Dunchaid immediately sets his “wolfpack” – a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery – on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…Add to My Radar
Sweden’s Amon Amarth will be sailing to Tokyo, Japan for KNOTFEST 2014! The festival takes place on November 15th and November 16th, with Slipknot headlining both days. Amon Amarth will be performing on the 16th along with Korn, Trivium, In Flames, Five Finger Death Punch, and more. Tickets, the complete line up, and more information can be found at http://knotfestjapan.com.
Earlier this month, a brand new trailer was released for Northmen – A Viking Saga, the upcoming action film featuring Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg. Hegg appears alongside Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Knights of Badassdom), Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Tom Hopper (Merlin, Doctor Who), and more. To view the official trailer (watch for Hegg in action around the 1:28 mark), visit facebook.com/NorthmenMovie or simply click HERE.Add to My Radar
The hardened soldiers over at Metal Injection have awesomely been posting full pro shot sets from Wacken 2014 -including the likes of Motorhead, Emperor– and more. My fave so far has been the awesome performance from Amon Amarth, opening their set with “Father Of The Wolf” and laying waste from there to everything in their path.
Click HERE to watch the set and head bang for Odin.Add to My Radar
Amon Amarth have gone and made the most metal video you probably will see anytime soon. This raises things to a whole new level of Viking awesome, a ten minute mini-movie about Loki’s unrest. I actually got scared during the part where the freaked out dude at the campfire asks the other traveler if he can hear the dead coming. If this doesn’t chill and then subsequently get your blood pumping, I got no idea how to help you.
Amon Amarth premiered this stunning production video for the track “Father Of The Wolf” at the first date of the US tour-taking place last night in Las Vegas (Friday January 17). You can see the video for yourselves HERE.
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Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth have announced the title and revealed the artwork for their upcoming album. The upcoming album is titled Deceiver of the Gods and is set for release June of 2013 via Metal Blade Records. Deceiver of the Gods will be the bands eighth studio album and is a follow up to the bands 2011 Sutur Rising.
You can see the artwork here.
The album was produced by Andy Sneap of Arch Enemy, Exodus and Megadeth fame. The band explained why they chose to go with Sneap here: “We were looking for a change, and Andy has been in our thoughts for some years now. After meeting with him, we felt a good connection. We think this is going to be a ripper.”
The band also had the following to say about the album artwork: “The cover depicts the last battle between the Gods and Loki who arrives at Vigridr field accompanied by the army of the dead during Ragnarok, the end of the world.”Add to My Radar
Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth have announced that they have finished the writing process for their next album. There is no word yet on the title or released date but if every other album the band has released is any indication it will be released via Metal Blade Records.
The album will be a follow up the the bands 2011 Sutur Rising and the band stated the following “We’re ready to enter the studio to start recording in the new year.”Add to My Radar
Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie have released a short documentary on the making of their video clip for the song “Havoc”.
“Havoc” comes off the band’s upcoming album Helvetios which will be released February 28th via Nuclear Blast records. The video was produced by Polish production company “Grupa13” (Behemoth, Amon Amarth) who has worked with the band most recently on the clips for “A Rose For Epona” and “Thousandfold“ – the latter coming off the last album, Everything Remains… As It Never Was.
Check out the video here.Add to My Radar
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Escuela Grind is one of the most intense AND fun bands out right now in the extreme metal scene. Anyone who has seen the outfit live knows they put on a careening and death-defying show, blending elements of many of the heaviest sub genres into a world changing charge. It has been awesome discovering truly fired up and creative acts such as them, Habak or Hostilities this year, giving me hope for the next generation of ass kickers. When I heard Indoctrination I was hooked and feel blessed Escuela Grind were one of the first bands I caught live when shows revved up again. Long may they reign.