Swedish melodic death metallers Amon Amarth have announced a six-date tour of the UK and Ireland including English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish dates along with confirmation of a HammerFest IV appearance.
Swedish heavy doom metallers Grand Magus will join them on all dates except HammerFest IV.
Grand Magus have revealed details for their upcoming new album Hammer Of The North. The album will be released somewhere in summer through Roadrunner Records. The band had the following to say about the cover art: "Necrolord is a legend and has created some of the most striking and powerful images ever, he's also closely connected with Swedish metal. We just knew that he would deliver the perfect feel, mood and imagery for the new record. No one else would come close, it's an honour to have his artwork for Hammer Of The North"
Hammer Of The North cover art] tracklist:
01. I, The Jury
02. Hammer Of The North
03. Black Sails
04. Mountains Be My Throne
05. Northern Star
06. The Lord Of Lies
Roadrunner Records is very excited to announce the signing of this outstanding metal band from Stockholm/Sweden!
Grand Magus is a 3-piece band featuring: "JB" Christofferson - guitars & lead vocals, Fox Skinner - bass & backing vocals, Sebastian "SEB" Sippola - drums.
During their 10-year history, Grand Magus have released 2 demos, 1 split-EP and 4 full-length albums, and have received overwhelmingly positive reviews throughout. Their last opus, Iron Will was voted "Album of the Month" in the German Metal Hammer & Rock Hard magazines. Drawing hefty influences from the hand-on-heart grandeur of the NWOBHM and the inspirational mythology of their forbears, Grand Magus are steeped in pre-Christian tales of triumph, vengeance, betrayal, wisdom and death. But Grand Magus also stand for energetic live performances as seen at this year's European festivals such as Sweden Rock (SE), Hellfest (FR), Wacken (D), Summer Breeze (D) or on tour in Europe with bands like At The Gates, Cathedral, Candlemass, Tyrant, Serpentcult and Electric Wizard.
"Due to unforeseen circumstances Grand Magus will not tour Germany on the announced dates in November. The band is very sorry about this, but promise to reschedual these dates and come back in 2009 instead.
On the good side the UK and Holland, Belgium our was a great success, cheers to all who showed up. Grand Magus will return soon again."
GRAND MAGUS' US distributor, Candlelight Records, has put up an mp3 of the first track from the band's forthcoming album, Wolf's Return.
Check out the new track, 'Kingslayer', at this location .
In related news, Candlelight have set June 14th as the release date for Wolf's Return. The album will include the following tracklisting: 'Kingslayer', 'Nine', 'Blodörn', 'Wolf's Return', 'Blood Oath', 'Järnbörd', 'Repay In Kind', 'Hämnd', 'Ashes', 'Light Hate' and 'Wolf's Return Part II'.