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Amon Amarth - New Album Title Revealed

Metal Blade Records press release

Kings of Swedish death metal Amon Amarth have just announced the title of the band's forthcoming album as Surtur Rising.

Due out in the spring of 2011, Surtur Rising marks the group's 8th full-length studio release and undoubtedly one of 2011's most anticipated releases by fans and critics alike. Surtur Rising is the follow up to the highly acclaimed, 2008 release, Twilight of the Thunder God, which landed the #7 spot in Revolver Magazine's Top 20 Albums of 2008 and what Metal Sucks called " bottomless gauntlet of riffs that the band endlessly takes gargantuan swigs from, sounding both lush and emotive as well as skull crushingly heavy... every goddamn one is a chest-beating anthem."

Outburn declared how Twilight Of The Thunder God "will render you nothing short of ecstatic" and Time Out New York noted that "Amon Amarth plays some of the most unabashedly epic metal you're likely to find these days."

Be sure to stay tuned to for more details on Surtur Rising.


Band profile: Amon Amarth
Posted: 30.11.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (27)

Amon Amarth - Working On New Album

Amon Amarth have released the following update:

"The last couple of months we have been busy working on our follow up to Twilight of the Thunder God. Ten songs were written and on October 1st we started tracking drums for the album in Park Studios.

After a short trip to Tokyo, which included our first ever show in Japan at the renowned Loupark Festival, we continued tracking bass and guitars at Fascination Street Studios. Recordings have been going well and we are now more than half-way through and the album starts to take shape. We'll keep you updated with more info soon!"

For now the band can confirm some shows in the UK as part as the "Defenders Of The Faith 2011" tour with Children Of Bodom. Those dates were posted yesterday at this location.


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Posted: 16.11.2010 by Abattoir | Comments (21)

Soen - New Band Of Ex-Amon Amarth, Ex-Opeth Drummer

Martin Lopez, ex-drummer of Amon Amarth and Opeth, was so kind to inform us he's been working on a new project, entitled Soen. Lopez will be handling the drums duties, and he has formed the band together with bassist Steve DiGiorgio (ex-Death, ex-Testament, ex-Iced Earth, and a shitload of other bands), Kim Platbarzdis on guitar and vocalist Joel Ekelöf.

Lopez described the music as "melodic, heavy, intricated, and very different than everything else." He added: "We are currently writing material, and as soon as we have more news you'll be informed." Which means you'll be informed too. So keep checking the news section regularly for updates.


Posted: 28.05.2010 by Thryce | Comments (18)

Amon Amarth - N. American Tour With Eluveitie, Holy Grail

Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"We can finally announce that we'll be returning to North America this spring! And we're happy to bring Eluveitie and Holy Grail with us as support, plus a special co-headline show with Fear Factory in San Francisco."

Announced dates are as follows:

April 08 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
April 09 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom (with Fear Factory)
April 10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
April 11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
April 12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
April 14 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
April 15 - Edmonton, AB - EEC
April 16 - Saskatoon, SK - The Odeon
April 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
April 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Station 4
April 19 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square
April 21 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
April 22 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
April 23 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Theatre
April 24 - Worcester, MA - New England Metal Fest
April 25 - New York, NY - Fillmore at Irving Plaza


Band profile: Amon Amarth
Event: Amon Amarth: N. American Tour
Posted: 15.02.2010 by White Winter Sun | Comments (16)

Amon Amarth - Australian Tour Dates

Swedish metallers Amon Amarth will embark on a four-dates tour of Australia in November.

Announced dates are as follows:

Nov. 24 - Perth, Australia - Capitol (18+ restriction)
Nov. 26 - Brisbane, Australia - HiFi (18+ restriction)
Nov. 27 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard (18+ restriction)
Nov. 28 - Sydney, Australia - Metro (18+ restriction)

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Event: Amon Amarth: Twilight Of The Thunder God Australian Tour 2009
Posted: 26.08.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Amon Amarth - UK And Irish Tour Dates

Amon Amarth have announced new tour dates for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Support acts will be announced shortly. The tour dates are as follows:

Oct. 22 - Cardiff, UK - Souls
Oct. 23 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbrake
Oct. 24 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
Oct. 26 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Oct. 27 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Oct. 28 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Oct. 29 - Newcastle, UK - Northumbria University
Oct. 30 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
Oct. 31 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Nov. 01 - London, UK - Koko

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Posted: 22.04.2009 by Abattoir | Comments (7)

Amon Amarth - New Video Online

"Guardians Of Asgaard", the new video from Swedish metallers Amon Amarth, has been made available online.

"Guardians Of Asgaard" comes off Amon Amarth's latest album, entitled "Twilight Of The Thunder God", which was released on September 2008 via Metal Blade Records.


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Posted: 23.03.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (30)

Amon Amarth - Latin American Dates Announced

For the first time Amon Amarth will finally go to South America. The band comments: "This is something we've been waiting for and working on for a very long time! We know a lot of our friends and fans have been waiting for this for a very long time but it has not been possible for us to go there until now. All we can say is that it's about time! We will also return once again to Mexico, these dates are confirmed so far:"

05.05 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - The End
07.05 - Santiago de Chile, Chile - Teatro Novedades
08.05 - Montevideo, Uruguay - (Venue to be announced)
10.05 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Citibank Hall
12.05 - Caracas, Venezuela - (venue to be announced)
14.05 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro metropol
16.05 - San Jose, Costa Rica - (venue to be announced)
17.05 - Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador

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Posted: 26.02.2009 by Bad English | Comments (10)

Amon Amarth - N. American Tour Dates Part II

Swedish metallers Amon Amarth will undertake the second part of the North American "Twilight Of The Thunder God Tour" in April/May.

Support on the trek will come from Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch and Lazarus A.D.

The dates are as follows:

Apr. 11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Apr. 12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Apr. 14 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
Apr. 15 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Apr. 16 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Apr. 17 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Apr. 18 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Apr. 20 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
Apr. 21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabodys
Apr. 22 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Apr. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
Apr. 24 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 25 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Apr. 26 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Apr. 28 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVA
Apr. 29 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Apr. 30 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
May 01 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone

More dates will be announced soon.


Band profile: Amon Amarth
Event: Amon Amarth: N. American Tour Part II
Posted: 12.02.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (17)

Amon Amarth - Headlining Full Of Hate European Tour

Amon Amarth will be headlining a European tour next year alongside death metal legends Obituary. The "Full Of Hate" tour tour flyer] will also include Legion Of The Damned aswell as Keep Of Kalessin.

The tour dates are as follows:

05.03.2009 - NL - Heerhugowaard, Waerdse Tempel
06.03.2009 - DE - Erfurt, Stadtgarten
07.03.2009 - DE - Hamburg, Große Freiheit
08.03.2009 - BE - Antwerpen, Hof Ter Lo
09.03.2009 - UK - London, The Forum
10.03.2009 - FR - Paris, La Locomotive
11.03.2009 - DE - Köln, Palladium
12.03.2009 - DE - Saarbrücken, Garage
13.03.2009 - DE - Dessau, Hangar *
14.03.2009 - DE - München, Tonhalle *
16.03.2009 - DE - Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
17.03.2009 - CH - Pratteln, Z7
18.03.2009 - IT - Bologna, Estragon
19.03.2009 - AT - Innsbruck, Hafen
20.03.2009 - AT - Linz, Posthof
21.03.2009 - AT - Wien, Gasometer
22.03.2009 - HR - Zagreb, Boogaloo
23.03.2009 - SI - Maribor, Stuk
24.03.2009 - CZ - Prague, Abaton
25.03.2009 - DE - Hannover, Capitol
26.03.2009 - DE - Berlin, Postbahnhof
27.03.2009 - DE - Lichtenfels, Stadthalle **
28.03.2009 - DE - Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle **
29.03.2009 - NL - Enschede, Atak

* with Equilibrium, Secrets Of The Moon
** with Equilibrium, Hail Of Bullets, Secrets Of The Moon


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Event: Full Of Hate Tour
Posted: 25.11.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (46)

Amon Amarth - New Video Online

Amon Amarth have posted their new video for the song "Twilight Of The Thunder God", online. The video can be viewed at this location.

The title track comes from the band's upcoming album ''Twilight Of The Thunder God'', which will be released tomorrow, on September 17th via Metal Blade Records.

In the meantime, also the song "Guardians of Asgaard" is available for streaming online at the band's MySpace.


Band profile: Amon Amarth
Posted: 16.09.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (28)

Amon Amarth - Video Recording For Twilight Of The Thunder God

Amon Amarth have posted the following on their official website regarding work on a new video clip:

"We recently returned from Poland after shooting the first video for the upcoming album "Twilight of the Thunder God". The video will be for the title track.

We joined efforts with the Polish team, Group 13 and director Dariusz Szermanowicz for "Twilight of the Thunder God" and filmed it on the old Viking site, Jomsborg, home of the Jomsvikings in Wolin, Poland.

Our brothers from Jomsvikings traveled from far and wide, places like Poland, Germany, Belgium, England, Australia and USA to be part of this great video.

It seemed that the Thunder God was on our side when shooting the video because a hurricane/storm passed through the area during the day, creating the chaotic and violent atmosphere we were hoping for. It was the toughest conditions we ever recorded a video in, blood and sweat, quite literally both, were part of the making. But we don't mind getting our hands dirty and metal was never supposed to be "nice". In fact we couldn't have wished for a more fitting video shoot for this song, being the Ragnarök and all!

We want to thank Igor for making this possible, Blodhvitnir Meldric and Sana, the Group 13 crew for their professional work and of course the Jomsvikings for being made of steel!

The album and video "Twilight of the Thunder God" will make its debut in September."

A series of photos from the video shoot can be seen here.


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Posted: 27.08.2008 by Bad English | Comments (10)

Amon Amarth - New Song Available For Streaming

Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have posted new track entitled "Twilight Of The Thunder God" for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song is the title cut of the band's new album and it features a guest appearance by Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala.

"Twilight Of The Thunder God", will be released on September 19 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy; September 22 in the rest of Europe; and September 30 in North America. The album was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden.


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Posted: 19.08.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (31)

Amon Amarth - New Album Artwork Revealed

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!
4. Picture Disc - full album - limited to 500 copies!
5. Limited Bubblehead edition including everything that's in the Deluxe Collector's Edition plus bubbleheads of each AMON AMARTH member plus the 36-page-comic book on high-quality paper plus a huge poster. Each bobblehead has a height of 18 cm (7"). This version is limited to 2,000 units worldwide.

An image of the fifth edition of the album can be seen here.


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Posted: 28.07.2008 by -LugburZ- | Comments (40)

Amon Amarth - New Album Tracklist And Guest Musicians

"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').

In Europe "Twilight of the Thunder God" will be released as a limited first edition 3-disc-set including a bonus CD and a bonus DVD. This deluxe collector's edition comes in highly valuable packaging featuring special layout and the Amon Amarth comic which is currently being published in several metal magazines all over Europe. The comic can also be viewed online at this location. The album will also be released as a limited edition gatefold 2-LP on 180g etched vinyl.

Tracklist bonus CD/DVD 'Live at Summer Breeze 2007':

01. Intro
02. Valhall Awaits Me
03. Runes To My Memory
04. Cry Of The Black Birds
05. Asator
06. Pursuit Of Vikings
07. Fate Of Norns
08. Without Fear
09. With Oden On Our Side
10. Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
11. An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm
12. Victorious March
13. Death In Fire


Band profile: Amon Amarth
Posted: 20.07.2008 by Manzo | Comments (24)