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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


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Posted: 20.07.2008 by Manzo | Comments (24)

Amon Amarth - North American Tour

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!"

Here is a list of dates for the tour:

01.10 - House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA, USA
02.10 - The Avalon, Los Angeles, CA, USA
03.10 - Slim's, San Francisco, CA, USA
04.10 - Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR, USA
05.10 - El Corazon, Seattle, WA, USA
06.10 - Croatian Culture Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
08.10 - The Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB, Canada
09.10 - The Warehouse, Calgary, AB, Canada
10.10 - Ridell Centre, Regina, SK, Canada
11.10 - The Garrick Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
12.10 - Station 4, St. Paul, MN, USA
13.10 - House Of Blues, Chicago, IL, USA
15.10 - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada
16.10 - Le Medley, Montreal, QC, Canada
17.10 - Theatre Imperial, Quebec City, QC, Canada
18.10 - The Palladium, Worcester, MA, USA
19.10 - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA, USA
20.10 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, New York, NY, USA
21.10 - Jaxx, W. Springfield, VA, USA

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Posted: 16.07.2008 by Shadowplague | Comments (9)

Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God Release Dates

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".

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Posted: 16.07.2008 by Shadowplague | Comments (14)

Amon Amarth - Added To The Unholy Alliance III Tour

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.

There are more shows to be announced, the shows currently confirmed for "The Unholy Alliance, Chapter III" are:

27.10 - Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
28.10 - NEC, Birmingham, England
30.10 - Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
31.10 - Hammersmith Apollo, London, England

02.11 - CIA, Cardiff, Wales
03.11 - SECC Hall 3, Glasgow, Scotland
05.11 - Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany
06.11 - Palladium, Cologne, Germany
09.11 - Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
10.11 - Eishalle Deutweg, Winterthur, Switzerland
11.11 - Zenith, Paris, France
16.11 - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
18.11 - Zenith, Munich, Germany
19.11 - Columbia Halle, Berlin, Germany


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Event: The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III
Posted: 06.07.2008 by Memento Mori | Comments (16)

Amon Amarth - Bloodshed Over Bochum, Album Title Revealed

Amon Amarth have posted following statement:

''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!

We are thrilled over this event and look forward to the shows. It will be some hard work and preparation playing around 50 -60 different songs in 4 days. Some songs we haven't played for a very, very long time and some we have never played live at all. But challenges are something that encourages us!''

4 Evenings - 4 Shows - 4 Albums
Zeche Bochum, Germany

28.12.2008 Once Sent From The Golden Hall
29.12.2008 The Avenger
30.12.2008 The Crusher
31.12.2008 Versus The World

Apart from playing the 4 albums in their entirety each night there will be a best of mix from "Fate Of Norns", "With Oden On Our Side" and of course the new upcoming album!

+ Meet and greet with the band
+ Special merchandise sold at each show
+ New Years Eve Party on the 31.12

UPDATED (thanks to -LugburZ-)

In other news, Amon Amarth have set "Twilight Of The Thundergod" as the title of their seventh full-length album, due this fall via Metal Blade Records. The CD title was revealed by frontman Johan Hegg during an interview with the "Tinitus" radio show, which airs on Norway's P3.


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Posted: 27.06.2008 by abattoir | Comments (22)

Amon Amarth - Tentative N. American Tour Routing

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
16.10.2008 - CAN, Montreal, QC
17.10.2008 - CAN, Quebec City, QC
18.10.2008 - USA, Worcester, MA
19.10.2008 - USA, Philadelphia, PA
20.10.2008 - USA, New York, NY
21.10.2008 - USA, W. Springfield, VA


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Event: Amon Amarth: N. American Tour
Posted: 26.06.2008 by abattoir | Comments (9)

Amon Amarth - Complete Recording New Album

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".

Check out the band's recent Fascination Street Studio reports:

| Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V |


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Posted: 14.06.2008 by Æshpa | Comments (24)

Amon Amarth - Enter The Studio

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.
There are plans for some cool guest appearance but nothing we can reveal just yet. We will try our best to keep you updated with vlogs, photos and a studio diary. Provided that we can tear ourselves away from the PS3, wii and of course... a healthy serving of Swedish vodka.

In other news, we've added two UK shows this summer. We're pleased to announce that we'll be appearing for the first time at this year's Download festival. We are scheduled to play second stage on Saturday, June 14th. Since we're already on Brittish soil, we figure that we might as well do some further pillaging. We will be making an appearance at Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Award show on June 16.
For a complete list of our confirmed live dates, check our upcoming shows section. "

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Posted: 30.04.2008 by White Winter Sun | Comments (29)

Amon Amarth - Extends Their Contract With Metal Blade

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.

Here is what the band has to say in regards to extending their contact with Metal Blade Records:

"After 11 years with the same label we have grown into a relationship that easily could go by the term 'Family'. We had their support, confidence and commitment from the start and it has only got stronger for each year that passed. We are proud and happy to continue this amazing journey together with Metal Blade for many years to come, this has just begun."

Metal Blade Records Owner and CEO Brian Slagel comments:

"We are very happy to continue our great relationship with Amon Amarth. They have been part of the Metal Blade family for a long time and we look forward to many more years with them."

A photo of some members of the band with the record label can be viewed at this location.


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Posted: 09.02.2008 by Bararey | Comments (9)

Amon Amarth - Working On New Album

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.

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Posted: 17.01.2008 by LeDruide | Comments (29)

Amon Amarth - To Tour USA Without Decapitated

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've tried to find a replacement for Decapitated but it has been impossible. We've deicided to play a longer set and throw in some songs that we either never played live before or haven't played live in a very long time. And we think we have a set list that will please both old and new fans!

We are really looking forward to hitting the roads in North America and finally do a full 90 min set. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to catch the show!"

Scheduled in-store signing so far:
12/14 @ Scrape Records, Vancouver, BC 5 PM to 6 PM


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Posted: 13.11.2007 by Thryce | Comments (8)

Amon Amarth - To Tour Down Under

Posted by Amon Amarth on their official site:

"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)
01.08 - Melbourne - Billboard The Venue
01.09 - Melbourne - Wednesday (Under 18s)
01.11 - Auckland - The King's Arms
01.12 - Brisbane - The Arena

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Posted: 22.10.2007 by bluemobiusx | Comments (5)

Amon Amarth - US Headline Tour Dates

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
12/09 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
12/11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
12/12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
12/14 - Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
12/15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
12/16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
12/18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
12/19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon

More dates will be added soon.

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Posted: 31.08.2007 by LeDruide | Comments (10)