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Amon Amarth have revealed the cover artwork for their new album "Twilight Of The Thunder God" and details regarding the album's several special editions.
The artwork can be seen here.
The CD will be available in the following versions:
1. Jewelcase CD including full album and 24-page booklet.
2. Limited Deluxe Collector's edition three-disc-set in a special DVD-sized book including full album, a bonus CD and a bonus DVD. The "Summer Breeze 2007" CD and DVD have a playing time of 72 minutes each. The DVD features Dolby Surround 5.1 sound and 16:9 format. 40-page book on special offset paper with parchment pages.
3. Gatefold-2-LP on 180g with one side being etched vinyl including full album and a huge poster! Limited to 1,500 copies!
"Twilight of the Thunder God" will be released on the 17th of September in Sweden, the 19th of September in D/A/CH/I and the 22nd of September in the rest of Europe. North American release date is September 30.
The final track listing for "Twilight of the Thunder God" is as follows:
01. Twilight Of The Thunder God
02. Free Will Sacrifice
03. Guardians Of Asgaard
04. Where Is Your God?
05. Varyags Of Miklagaard
06. Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags
07. No Fear For The Setting Sun
08. The Hero
09. Live For The Kill
10. Embrace Of The Endless Ocean
"Twilight of the Thunder God" features several high-profile guest appearances including Entombed singer L.G. Petrov (on 'Guardians of Asgaard'), Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala (who shreds a fierce solo on the track 'Twilight of the Thunder God') and Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica (a guest appearance on 'Live For The Kill').
Amon Amarth have announced a North American tour to support their upcoming album "Twilight Of The Thunder God". The following was taken from the band's official website:
"It's time again for us Vikings to make our way across the Atlantic. The tour will start October 1, taking off from Anaheim, CA and last until October 21. Joining our venture will be Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence, all solid and outstanding bands that we are honoured to make part of our tour. We are excited to perform in front of our North American fans and cannot wait until then. Since our new album, "Twilight of the Thunder God" will be coming out September 30th, expect new songs to be played! We're expecting a good proper horde, so hope to see as many of you out there as possible!"
Release dates for Amon Amarth's new album "Twilight Of The Thunder God" have been posted. The album will be released the 17th of September in Sweden, 19th of September in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and the 22nd of September in the rest of Europe. North America and rest of the world's release date is September 30.
The album was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden and will include such song titles as "Guardians Of Asgaard", "Live For The Kill" and "Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags".
Amon Amarth will be part of the European run of "The Unholy Alliance, Chapter III" along side with Trivium, Mastodon and Slayer.
Johan Hegg: "All of us have been huge fans of Slayer since the mid 80's, and to be able to tour with this legendary thrash band is a dream come true. We are very proud and honored to be a part of this year's Unholy Alliance together with Trivium and Mastodon. Slayer fans are die-hard and tough as true Vikings - we know as we are part of the same crowd - and it will be a great experience to be able to play in front of them."
This tour will kick off in Manchester, England on October 27th and will continue it's journey for 4 weeks throughout other parts of Europe. For selected shows, Amon Amarth will be performing after Mastodon.
''We have had plans of doing a smaller club show tour for quite some time now where we would mainly play older songs, but that has been very hard to pull off. So when this idea was brought to us of re-visiting the 4 first full lenght albums at Bochum in Germany we were all up for it. This will be a once in a life time chance for us to play and our fans to experience all the old songs that we don't have room for in the setlist anymore, but are still too good to not play! Of course we'll also play songs from the new upcoming album, as well as "With Oden On Our Side" and "Fate Of Norns".
Since these shows will be unique we thought we could might as well record the shows too!
Swedish Viking metallers Amon Amarth will embark on a North American headlining tour in October. Support on the trek will come from the Tampa melodic thrash outfit The Absence. Other support bands are rumoured to be Ensiferum and Belphegor.
The tentative routing for the tour is as follows:
01.10.2008 - USA, Anaheim, CA
02.10.2008 - USA, Los Angeles, CA
03.10.2008 - USA, San Francisco, CA
04.10.2008 - USA, Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
05.10.2008 - USA, Seattle, WA
06.10.2008 - CAN, Vancouver, BC
08.10.2008 - CAN, Edmonton, AB
09.10.2008 - CAN, Calgary, AB
10.10.2008 - CAN, Regina, SK
11.10.2008 - CAN, Winnipeg, MB
12.10.2008 - USA, Minneapolis, MN
13.10.2008 - USA, Chicago, IL
15.10.2008 - CAN, Toronto, ON
Amon Amarrth have posted the following update on their official website:
"This weekend we are off to that magical island called the UK for a show at legendary Donington Park and the Download Festival. It's sure to be a full weekend of mayhem - and then some - as we're also doing an appearance on the Metal Hammer Awards after party before we return to Stockholm on Tuesday.
In other news we are completely finished with the recording of the new album and Jens (Bogren - producer) has started the mixing process. If everything goes to plan, the mixing will be done by the end of next week and we are confident that this will be a killer album."
Songtitles to be included on the album are "Guardians Of Asgaard", "Live For The Kill" and "Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags".
Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have issued the following update:
"On May 1st, (Labour Day here in Sweden) we enter Fascination Street Studio to start recording our seventh full-length album. We have 10 killer songs, some classic Amon Amarth tunes, some really epic moments and some of the most brutal stuff we've ever written! We are confident that this will be our best and most diverse album to date!
Jens Bogren will be producing the album, he produced "With Oden On Our Side". We're looking forward to yet another successful collaboration. We'll barricade ourselves for the next month and a half. The album will be recorded in the traditional way, starting with drums, followed by guitars, bass, and vocals.
Metal Blade has released the following official press release:
Amon Amarth, the Swedish metal band that has taken the world by storm with their brand of intense and melodic Viking influenced music, has just renewed their contract with Metal Blade Records. The 3 album, worldwide deal, will kick off with the band's follow up release to 2006's highly praised With Oden on Our Side, which the band is currently hard at work writing. "The plan is to return to Fascination Street Studios in May to record the new album, once again working with Jens Bogren as engineer and producer" states the band. There will be more details to come in the following weeks & months so stay tuned for more updates from the band.
The Amon Amarth tour in Australia and New-Zealand has just finished, the band will now begin writing new material for their next album. The band states:
"Our touring is done for this time, and even though we do have a couple of shows coming up this spring, our main effort will be writing and recording a new album. The plan is to return to Fascination Street Studios in May to record the new album, once again working with Jens Bogren as engineer and producer."
Album cover, album title and tracklist to be announced.
Amon Amarth have posted the following message regarding their "Wrath Of The Norseman North American Tour 2007" with Himsa and Sonic Syndicate:
"There will be a series of meet and greets on our North American tour. The meet and greet will be half an hour long beginning from when doors open. We are looking forward to meeting our fans in person and we'll try to make them happen at every show. Unfortunately due to time restraints, we will be unable to have a meet and greet on the dates where there will be in store signing sessions.
Because of the recent tragic events, Decapitated will not be able to be part of the North American tour. We are deeply sadden by the events and are disappointed that our metal brethren will not be able to share the stage with us.
"We have exciting news for our fans Down Under. There has been rumours in the past few days about a possible Amon Amarth tour in Australia. Well, the rumours are true. We are thrilled about this tour in Australia. This will be the first time that the band sets foot on the continent. The tour will be in early January. Tour dates and locations can be found in the tour dates section. We are looking forward to performing for and meeting our Australian fans for the first time. See you at the shows!"
Australia and New Zealand tour dates 2008 are as follows:
01.04 - Adelaide - Fowler's Live (All Ages)
01.05 - Perth - Amplifier Bar
01.06 - Sydney - The Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
The dates for the first headlining tour of Amon Amarth have been announced, as well as the support acts, Decapitated (PL), Himsa (USA) and Sonic Syndicate (SWE). The dates so far are :
11/19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
11/20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
11/21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
11/23 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
11/24 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11/25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
11/26 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
11/27 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
11/28 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11/29 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
11/30 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
12/01 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
12/02 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
12/03 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
This is message is published by Amon Amarth's official website:
"You've heard the rumours already, but now we can finally confirm from our part that we will take part of the European tour with Dimmu Borgir.
We're really glad to be a part of that package and look forward touring with our fellow Scandinavians.
The tour starts in late September and runs until beginning of November. Check them here:
22.06 (DE) BALINGEN / BANG YOUR HEAD OPEN AIR www.bang-your-head.de
23.06 (FR) HELLFEST www.hellfest.fr
24.06 (B) GRASPOP METAL MEETING www.graspop.com
29.06-01.07 (DE) WITH FULL FORCE OPEN AIR www.withfullforce.de
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