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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks off in San Bernardino, California – June 29, 2013

July 6th, 2013

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013

San Bernardino, California
June 29, 2013

Review and band photos by Metalette
Crowd photos courtesy of Adrenaline PR

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013

The San Manuel Amphitheatre is situated in a classic California desert-mountain valley. It was in this harsh, desolate, and port-a-potty-covered wasteland that the first day of Mayhem Festival 2013 took place. There was literally nothing else around the festival; just tall, brown, shrub-covered mountains and lots and lots of dust. The day itself was so hellishly hot – peaking at a scorching 107 F – it was almost as if Satan himself had a hand with the weather (maybe he was even at the festival; he’s kind of into the metal scene, isn’t he?). I’m sure the Mayhem people made a fortune on the ice cold $3 waters and $6 lemonades they were peddling all day long, and I witnessed at least one girl pass out from the heat. But with a name like Mayhem, what else would you expect?

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AMON AMARTH Score Their Strongest Chart Impacts Around The World With The New Album “Deceiver of the Gods”

July 4th, 2013

Band Set To Unleash “Father Of The Wolf” Video; Main Stage Slot On North American Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest Now

The release of Deceiver of the Gods, the latest studio album from Swedish melodic death metal titans, AMON AMARTH, has broken the band’s previous sales records around the world. The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date.

In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2.

Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200.

In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet.

Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary. Read the rest of this entry »

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COPENHELL Festival

June 30th, 2013

Copenhell Festival

Copenhagen, Denmark

June 14th – 15th 2013

By Ellen Norvang

Copenhell

There is not much rotten in the state of Denmark this sunny Friday afternoon as the metal festival Copenhell, for the fourth time, is about to take place in the heart of the capital Copenhagen. 10.000 metal-fans are fitted into a playground of everything related to the Scandinavian metal-scene; Vikings, burning churches and a small cemetery for your resting pleasure. The gates to hell have once again opened and this year with an ever so growing and bigger line-up than the previous years.
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Amon Amarth – Interview with Johan Hegg

June 15th, 2013

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AMON AMARTH – Interview with Johan Hegg

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth

Swedish behemoths Amon Amarth will unleash their ninth studio album Deceiver Of The Gods June 25, just a few days before they invade American shores again to be part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where they will be first death metal act to be featured on the main stage lineup.

Amon Amarth have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity in the states since 2006’s With Oden On Our Side, cracking the Billboard Top 200 for the first time with 2008’s Twilight Of The Thunder God and the Top 40 with 2011’s Surtur Rising. And there’s no reason to see why that trend won’t continue.

Deceiver is the band’s most relentlessly aggressive album since 2002’s Versus The World, and continues their long tradition of draping the material in the violent, vivid lore of Norse mythology – all of which is driven home by the throaty roar of frontman Johan Hegg.

On the phone from Sweden, Hegg spoke of Amon Amarth’s signature, yet never static, sound, their gradual conquest of the American market and, of all things, half-term Alaska Governor/failed vice presidential candidate and professional – if often ill-informed – provocateur Sarah Palin.

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AMON AMARTH: First Of Three-Part Mini Documentary Posted

May 28th, 2013

AMON AMARTH unveils the first of their special three-part mini documentary titled Forging Mjölnir. Filmed and directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com), the up-close-and-personal clip — which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork — celebrates the imminent release of the band’s ninth studio offering, Deceiver of the Gods.

Watch the six-and-a-half minute segment where vocalist Johan Hegg and bassist Ted Lundström elaborate on the mythological themes found within their latest epic via the band’s microsite at http://deceiver.amonamarth.com.

Not many bands can claim their ninth album as the most powerful, dynamic, and plainly aggressive of their career, but then AMON AMARTH have consistently upped their game with every successive release. Having exploded onto the Swedish melodic death metal scene with 1998’s Once Sent from the Golden Hall, every album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. Deceiver of the Gods captures the quintet at the peak of their powers. “Every time we start working on new music we begin with the idea that we’re going to write the best album ever,” Hegg states. “We knew we wanted a more aggressive, live feeling to this record but there’s no formula behind what we do. We just try to write something that takes us a step further than the last record, and is something that will excite us and our fans. Deceiver Of The Gods is the result.”

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AMON AMARTH To Unleash New Studio Album; Artwork, Track Listing + First Single Unveiled

April 15th, 2013
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Amon Amarth – Deceiver Of The Gods

Melodic death metal heroes AMON AMARTH are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel, and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki & Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, “Hel.”Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th and Japan on June 26th.

Comments vocalist Johan Hegg: “We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!

Opening title track and first single, “Deceiver of the Gods” is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth where you’ll also find special pre-order info.

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AMON AMARTH Completes Writing New Album

December 31st, 2012

Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following year-end update:

“We want to thank everyone that has supported and helped us in 2012.

“2013 will be another intense year for AMON AMARTH, and looks like it will be slightly unpredictable and mischievous…

“We’ve just finished writing all the songs for the next full-length album, and we’re ready to enter the studio to start recording them in the New Year.”

AMON AMARTH has tapped British producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, ACCEPT) to helm the band’s next studio album, tentatively due in June 2013 via Metal Blade Records.

Regarding AMON AMARTH’s decision to work with Sneap after utilizing Jens Bogren for the band’s last three studio efforts (2006’s “With Oden On Our Side”, 2008’s “Twilight Of The Thunder God” and 2011’s “Surtur Rising”), AMON AMARTH guitarist Olavi Mikkonen told Decibel magazine, “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.”

AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio album, “Surtur Rising”, sold around 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 34 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Twilight of the Thunder God”, opened with more than 11,000 copies back in 2008 to land at No. 48.

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Getaway Rock Festival 2012 at Gasklockorna in Gavle, Sweden

October 23rd, 2012

Getaway Rock Festival
Gasklockorna, Gavle, Sweden
5-7/7 – 2012

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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This is a review of the third edition of Getaway Rock Festival that was held in Gavle, Sweden during three hot days in July. The festival has a new organizer – the German FKP Skorpio – and we were eager to see how the festival was planned this year. We got to see some exclusive Swedish performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Nightwish, Venom, Manowar, Ministry and Yngwie Malmsteen to mention a few. Other acts that performed were Mustasch, Saxon, Finntroll, Satyricon, Behemoth, Devin Townsend Project and Ghost. Read more about the festival down below.

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Amon Amarth to appear at Sweden Rock 2013!

October 5th, 2012

Melodic death metal that is not poppy, nor influenced by folk music though the lyrics deal with Norse mythology and Viking themes. Amon Amarth from Stockholm have walked their own path on their way to becoming one of the most succesful death metal-bands of our time. They formed as early as 1992 and got their first minor breakthrough with their lauded fourth album ”Versus the world” (2002), where their sound for the first time was dominated by heaviness rather than speed. From that point, Amon Amarth earned increasingly greater success with albums like ”With Oden on our side” (2006), ”Twilight of the thunder god” (2008) and ”Surtur rising” (2011). Powerful guitar work, a relentless rhythm section and grandiose achievements from Johan Hegg, a frontman who both looks and sounds as if he was was born to perform in a band like this – a combination that has made Amon Amarth international metal stars.

Rush
Status Quo
UFO
Krokus
Amon Amarth
Demon
Amaranthe
Axxis
Morgana Lefay
Witchcraft
Huntress
The Scams

 

Many, many more bands – big and small, and from most rock/metal sub genres – are still to be confirmed, so expect more announcements soon.

Sweden Rock Festival is taking place in Sölvesborg, southern Sweden on June 5-8 2013. Tickets will be made available this Tuesday, September 25th, at 9pm.

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AMON AMARTH launch their own interactive fan club

May 14th, 2012

AMON AMARTH is launching their very own interactive fan club, called Mobile Backstage, for smartphones, Facebook and for the Web.

“This will allow us to have a more direct communication with our fans, and will speed up the information process for everything such as news and tour dates, as well as give our fans some special peeks behind the scenes of future tours and festivals,” says Johan Hegg.

“When we first thought of creating our own app, we pretty soon realized that the mobile backstage solution was the right thing for us. It’s a combination of mobile and Facebook apps and a web interface that creates a digital fan club and allows us to reach all our fans no matter where they are,” says Fredrik Andersson.

“We’re very excited to bring Mobile Backstage to Amon Amarth,” said Paavo Bäckman, the CEO of Mobile Backstage.

With Mobile Backstage, AMON AMARTH and their fans can exchange news, pictures, videos, audio clips and messages in an intimate and personal environment, far from the noise and clutter of other social media. Fans can send messages to other fans, find and check into gigs, see the location of other fans and their online posts, play audio, and purchase tracks and tickets.

Join AMON AMARTH Mobile Backstage now – on the web, Facebook app and mobile devices:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amon-amarth-mobile-backstage/id503855327?mt=8 (itunes)
http://sv.appbrain.com/app/amon-amarth/com.mobilebackstage.amonamarth (android)
http://www.amonamarth.com/mobile-backstage/
http://www.amonamarth.com/mobile-backstage/

http://www.surturrising.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://www.myspace.com/amonamarth
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
http://www.victoriousmerch.de

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AMON AMARTH to celebrate 20th anniversary with five special shows!

January 30th, 2012
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Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH will celebrate their 20th anniversary with five special shows which will take place this August in Germany, Poland and Holland.

The band states, “We will perform two whole sets containing songs from our entire career and we will also arrange a meet-and-greet on all shows.”

“An Evening With – 20th Anniversary Shows” will include the following dates:
05/08/12 – DE – Chemnitz – Südbahnhof
07/08/12 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja Club
14/08/12 – DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
16/08/12 – NL – Utrecht – Tivoli
17/08/12 – DE – Hamburg – Markthalle

Released in March 2011 via Metal Blade Records, Surtur Rising is AMON AMARTH’s eighth studio offering in a winding discography that’s helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.

http://www.surturrising.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://www.myspace.com/amonamarth
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
http://www.victoriousmerch.de

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AMON AMARTH @ HMV Forum, London

November 25th, 2011

AMON AMARTH @ HMV Forum,

23rd October 2011

Review By Rhiannon Marley

Photography by Sabrina Dersel



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AMON AMARTH’S Bassist Ted Lundström

November 25th, 2011

AMON AMARTH’S Bassist Ted Lundström

@ HMV Forum, 23rd October 2011

Interview by Rhiannon Marley

Photography by Sabrina Dersel

Roll up, boys and girls. Grab your weapons, sharpen your axes. Because guess what? The Vikings are de-boarding their ship again!



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Tuska Open Air 2011 – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 27th, 2011

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Tuska Open Air 2011

Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

July 22-24, 2011



Review by Arto Lehtinen, Petri Seppänen Da Costa

Pics by Arto Lehtinen, Sini Huotari

The Tuska Open Air Festival has become one kind of institution amongst all metal festivals in Europe. Tuska was previously arranged in the heart of Helsinki in the central park Kaisaniemi during the past 10 years. The park underwent construction to have a better environment and other mandatory improvements. The organization of Tuska didn’t have a choice but to find and switch the whole festival to a new area. This new area is still located in Helsinki, but only a few kilometers away, to a place called Suvilahti. Having this area was definitely a big part of the whole idea and concept of Tuska. The Kaisaniemi park brought an intimate picnic and park feeling with the grass and trees. Whereas Suvilahti was more like an industrial environment with the burning and redhot asphalt under the feet.

Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be in the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date. However, the line-up looked amazing after all. Morbid Angel and Amon Amarth were headliners, so was Devin Townsend once again. Cult metal bands like Hell, Bulldozer and then something type of stuff such as Jex Thoth, Church Of Misery. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 28000 people visited Tuska during three days.

Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and check out the new Tuska area.

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Amon Amarth: Live in Calgary, Canada Aug. 6th, 2011

August 14th, 2011

“An Evening with Amon Amarth”

MacEwan Hall, Calgary, Canada

August 6, 2011

Review and pics my Monika Deviat


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