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Formed: 1992
From: Stockholm, Sweden
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The Best Heavy Metal Cover Art From 2016

Every year in December we cover the best and worst of metal with a focus on recorded material and live releases, but what frequently gets lost in the shuffle is an integral part of all things metal: the artwork.

While the prominence of physical media that you actually handle and admire while listening to an album has faded with the advent of digital distribution, cover artwork remains a core and iconic part of the heavy music experience across all sub-genres.

From frozen occult black metal to the most over-the-top fantasy power metal, the artwork is the first thing people are going to notice, and the artists deserve more recognition than they typically get.

Our roundup of the most memorable art last year saw jaw-dropping pieces from the likes of Marco Hassman, Par Oloffson, and the increasingly prolific Seth Siro Anton. This year will feature a markedly contrasted lineup of artists and bands as we explore drastically different styles that all express thematic ideas in amazingly divergent ways.

Some art this year was memorable for more negative reasons. Freedom Call, Devildriver, Gojira, and Metallica in particular all had less-than-stellar or head-scratching cover artwork this time around. We'll (mostly) be skipping that sort of memorability below, and instead focusing on things that looked amazing or were too bizarre to ignore.

Alkerdeel – Lede

We have to start here with Alkerdeel's “Lede” cover crafted by Luchtrat, an artist I'd never heard of before who does a variety of graphic designing online. I seriously haven't been able to stop thinking about this cover all year long from the moment I first laid bewildered eyes upon it.

Is it a joke? Is it completely serious? Is it taking square aim at the sort of people who would wonder about the difference? It's both minimalist and somehow simultaneously complex. It's a childish idea presented very simply – a demon taking aim and farting – but also seems to be so much more. Is it a comment on the pointlessness and absurdity of life? Is it meant to be lighthearted or threatening? Are we supposed to be taking something away from the stripped down color scheme and the blank spaces between the lines?

I have no idea if this was even the intention, but this artist caused something of an existential crisis for me. I have to wonder if somewhere there's a farting demon currently laughing about that fact.

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Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup Announced

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range festival taking place May 19th, 20th, and 21st at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden, and Korn will each headline one night of the festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017 - fueled by Monster Energy - will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus the comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at this location. The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: More...

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Amon Amarth Re-Issuing Albums On Vinyl

Amon Amarth has a long history with Metal Blade Records that goes back to 1998 with debut album, "Once Sent From The Golden Hall."

After almost 20 years later, it's now time for a vinyl re-issue of this album, as well as 1999's "The Avenger," as part of the Metal Blade originals series. Both albums will be released with 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts.

Metal Blade Records will re-issue all Amon Amarth albums chronologically in the near future. For fans planning to collect all of the releases, a limited, specially designed slipcase-box is available that fits the complete Amon Amarth back catalog. More...

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First Bands Announced For Bloodstock 2017

Bloodstock is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including the Friday night headliner, Amon Amarth.

Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares: "What's up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading Bloodstock! It's going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!"

Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins Blind Guardian, Bay Area thrash beasts, Testament, and hardcore kings Hatebreed. Also hitting the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, Whitechapel, seminal death metallers Possessed, and flying the flag for English heavy metal, Bloodstock favorites, Hell. More...

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Bloodstock Announces First Wave Of Bands For 2017

Promoters for Bloodstock announced the a bumper crop of acts to play on the Ronnie James Dio main stage for the 2017 edition of the annual festival, including the Friday night headliner! Bloodstock will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 10-13, 2017.

Prepare your drinking horns!! Swedish overlords, Amon Amarth will be sailing the Viking longboat on to the Catton Park shore as Friday night’s headline band! Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares, "What's up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading Bloodstock! It's going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!"

Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, Blind Guardian. The set will be a UK exclusive for 2017.

By Area thrash beasts, Testament are set for a Friday slot. The band just issued the crushing nww album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake" a week ago via Nuclear Blast.

Hardcore kings, Hatebreed make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday, August 12th.

Also landing a spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, Whitechapel, seminal death metallers, Possessed and flying the flag for English heavy metal, Bloodstock favorites....Hell. More...

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Amon Amarth Unleash Ragnarok In London

It's becoming more common in the modern age for established bands to tour together, be it as part of a package tour, or as a co-headlining trek. These can create memories for a lifetime, or, as past tours between the likes of Metallica & Guns N Roses and Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson have shown, an ego clash which could be a disaster. However, the combination of Amon Amarth, Testament and Grand Magus, promised from it's very announcement to be nothing short of a triumph. The concert featured here took place at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, a respected venue and rightfully so. It's highly impressive inside, particular in the stage area and literally every member of staff I spoke to were very friendly and helpful, making it one of the most welcoming venues in Britain. This tiered rotunda made for an excellent setting for one of the most anticipated European tours of the year.

First to take the stage was Swedish heavy metal outfit, Grand Magus; a trio dedicated to keeping the sound and spirit of traditional heavy metal alive and very successfully too I might add. The three members all possess a great stage which some might say is essential when playing a rather large venue such as the Roundhouse. From the opening notes of, "I, The Jury" from their excellent 2010 album, "Hammer of the North," the band put on a blistering performance, delighting their fans and easily winning over new ones. Despite having a new album, "Sword Songs" to promote, the group only played one song from the record, namely, "Varangian," instead choosing to perform a mix of material from their sixteen year history. All in all, Grand Magus made the very best of their relatively short set and left a lasting impression on all of those who were in attendance. More...

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Amon Amarth Posts "Raise Your Horns" Video

After headlining a North American tour and appearing at festivals across Europe all summer, Amon Amarth launches a new video for "Raise Your Horns," featuring live footage from San Diego London, Paris, Tilburg, Berlin, and Hellfest shows, as well as clips of fans, artists, and friends raising their own horns to the band! The clip includes this ludicrously long roster of guest appearances:

Zakk Wylde - Black Label Society
John DeServio - Black Label Society
Sam Didier - Blizzard Entertainment
Adam D & Jesse Leach - Killswitch Engage
Doro Pesch
Mike McKenna - NHL/AHL Goaltender
Robb Flynn - Machine Head
Jordan Mancino - Wovenwar
Colleen Schneider - Invicta FC MMA fighter
Sami Yli-Sirniö - Kreator
Johannes Eckerström - Avatar
Josh Elmore - Cattle Decapitation
Trevor Bauer - Cleveland Indians
Victor Brandt - Entombed A.D.
Matt Heafy - Trivium
Joakim Brodén - Sabaton
Miland "Mille" Petrozza - Kreator
Daniel Tompkins - Tesseract
Kerry King - Slayer
King Diamond
Bobby Blitz - Overkill
Glen Benton - Deicide
George Parros - Violent Gentlemen/NHL Stanley Cup Champion (Anaheim Ducks)
Frank Bello - Anthrax
Joey Belladonna - Anthrax
Jonathan Donais - Anthrax
Shayna Baszler - MMA fighter/Premier Wrestling
Richard Christy - The Howard Stern Show
Dave Mustaine - Megadeth
Kevin Kraft - Jason Ellis Show
Mark Tremont - Tremonti/Alter Bridge
Paul Biedermann - German world record holding Olympic swimmer
Nick Hipa - Wovenwar
David Draiman - Disturbed
Angela Hill - Invicta FC Strawweight Champion
Dan Isla - NASA JPL Systems Engineer
Jessica Pimentel - Orange Is The New Black
Steve Asheim - Deicide
Adam Green - film director (Hatchet, Chillerama, Holliston)
Alan Averill - Primordial
Scott Ian - Anthrax
Grutle Kjellson - Enslaved
Rob Caggiano - Volbeat
Brian Slagel - Metal Blade Records
Don Jamieson - That Metal Show
Andy La Rocque - King Diamond
Perttu Kivilaakso - Apocalyptica
Floor Jansen - Nightwish
Niclas Engelin - In Flames
LG Petrov - Entombed A.D.
Stefan Hüskens - Asphyx
Travis Ryan - Cattle Decapitation
Jose Mangin - SiriusXM Liquid Metal
Mike D'Antonio - Killswitch Engage
Biff Byford - Saxon
Paul Quinn - Saxon
Nergal - Behemoth
The Keyboard Warrior as himself More...

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Butcher Babies Hitting The Road With Megadeth

Butcher Babies will be hitting the road with Megadeth this fall as part of the "Dystopia" tour in North America. Also joining will be Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Metal Church.

The month long tour starts in Casper, WY on September 20 and concludes on October 16 in Camden, NJ. In addition to the tour, both Butcher Babies and Megadeth will be performing at this year's "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest" event, which takes place on September 24 & 25 in San Bernardino, CA

Speak about her enthusiasm for the upcoming tour, Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd states, "We're incredibly honored to join forces with some of our idols, legendary musicians and bands! Megadeth is a staple in metal music and we can't think of a better way to round out our 2016 touring schedule than with these metal gods. Who didn't grow up with a Megadeth poster glued to your wall with dreams of dreams of sharing the stage with them. Bucket list... Check!" More...

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Testament To Support Amon Amarth On Tour

Sweden's Amon Amarth has announced Bay Area thrash group Testament as special guest on the European "Jomsviking" tour in Germany, France, and Italy. Also joining Amon Amarth as support is Sweden’s epic Grand Magus. Dawn Of Disease will be the opening act in Poland.

Comments Testament's Eric Peterson: “With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the Amon Amarth viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor's hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!”

JB from Grand Magus declares, "Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering metal is coming your way. Amon Amarth, Testament, and Grand Magus on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!” More...

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Amon Amarth Announces Shows With Testament

The Swedish heavy metal Vikings from Amon Amarth have announced the remaining dates of their massive European "Jomsviking" tour with new shows added in Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic & Hungary.

Joining as special guest in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal is the legendary Bay Area group Testament.

Testament's Eric Peterson comments: “With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the AA Viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor's hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!”

Poland’s Behemoth will be joining Amon Amarth for dates in Norway, Sweden, Finland & Denmark. Behemoth's Nergal states: “The last and only time we toured with Amon Amarth was over a decade ago when both our bands were conquering North America in a small shitty van. We are in a different place now and we are more then honoured to be sharing the stage with those Norse men again! Scandinavia, you have been warned!”

Also joining as support on all shows is Sweden’s epic Grand Magus. JB from Grand Magus declares, "Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering metal is coming your way. Amon Amarth, Testament/Behemoth, and Grand Magus on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!” More...

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Amon Amarth Announces Tour With Megadeth

This September and October, Swedish metal group Amon Amarth will return to the U.S. as direct support to Megadeth.

The tour, which runs from September 20th through October 16th, will also include Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok.

Comments Amon Amarth of the upcoming trek: "We are proud to be supporting the legendary and mighty Megadeth on their US tour in September! Sharpen your blades and bring out your drinking horns, because this will be a brutal show that no true metalhead should miss. Raise your horns!"

During the journey, Amon Amarth ill also join the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and more on Sunday, September 25th as part of the annual Knotfest. See all confirmed dates below. More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Exmortus Premieres New Music Video "Let Us Roam"

California technical thrash/death act Exmortus premieres a new music video for "Let Us Roam", taken from the band's latest album "Ride Forth", out in stores via Prosthetic Records.

Check out now "Let Us Roam" below.

You can catch Exmortus live on the band's North American tour with Amon Amarth and Entombed A.D. on the following dates: More...

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Amon Amarth Wants You For New Video

Amon Amarth is inviting fans around the globe to be a part of a forthcoming video for "Raise Your Horns."

The video will include live clips of the band performing in multiple countries, plus you - the fans - raising your horns to Amon Amarth.

Do you have a wall plastered with Amon Amarth and other metal posters? Did you just attend a live show or are going to one soon? Send clips of you and your friends raising your horns to the band for a chance to be included in the video. Clips should be e-mailed to raiseyourhornsvideo[at]gmail.com. YouTube links should include #RaiseYourHorns in the title.

Submissions are requested to be sent in by May 27th, 2016. The video is tentatively scheduled for a June release.

Currently on tour with fellow Swedes Entombed A.D. and young USA metal upstarts Exmortus, Amon Amarth recently released new album "Jomsviking." Full tour dates are available below. More...

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Amon Amarth Releases New Album

Today, March 25th, Swedish metal kings from Amon Amarth have unleashed their 10th studio album, "Jomsviking," via Metal Blade Records in North America and Sony Music internationally.

"Jomsviking" - the band's first official concept record - tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept).

The album also includes guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory). A preview of the album is available in the clip below or at the band's website here, where ordering info is available. More...

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Amon Amarth Streams New Song "On A Sea Of Blood"

Amon Amarth today streams a new song entitled "On A Sea Of Blood", taken from the upcoming new album "Jomsviking", which will be out in stores tomorrow March 25 via Metal Blade Records.

Check out now "On a Sea of Blood" below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. First Kill
2. Wanderer
3. On A Sea Of Blood
4. One Against All
5. Raise Your Horns
6. The Way Of Vikings
7. At Dawn's First Light
8. One Thousand Burning Arrows
9. Vengeance Is My Name (bonus track - for digibook, digital, LP, and viking ship editions)
10. A Dream That Cannot Be (Featuring Doro Pesch)
11. Back On Northern Shores More...

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Amon Amarth Posts Album Q & A

This Friday (March 25th), Swedish metal kings Amon Amarth will unleash 10th studio album "Jomsviking" via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International).

Pre-orders are now online at this location and a music video for "At Dawn's Light" can be seen over here.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Jomsviking," Amon Amarth has launched several videos online, including two Q&A segments with Johan Hegg.

Check 'em out below. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. First Kill
2. Wanderer
3. On A Sea Of Blood
4. One Against All
5. Raise Your Horns
6. The Way Of Vikings
7. At Dawn's First Light
8. One Thousand Burning Arrows
9. Vengeance Is My Name (bonus track - for digibook, digital, LP, and viking ship editions)
10. A Dream That Cannot Be (Featuring Doro Pesch)
11. Back On Northern Shores More...

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Amon Amarth Posts New Music Video

On March 25th, the Swedish metal kings from Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album, "Jomsviking," via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International).

"Jomsviking" tells a tragic tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).

For a preview of "Jomsviking," fans can watch the new video for the album track "At Dawn's First Light" below or over at the Amon Amarth website here.

Produced by Rafal Szermanowkicz/Grupa 13 and directed by Darek Szermanowicz (Behemoth), "At Dawn's First Light" is set in an epic battle scene in a Slavic settlement from the 9th-10th century - with the band caught in the middle of the bloody fight! The video features an appearance by the modern Viking warriors known as the Triglav Jomsborg East Storm who are lead by the ruthless and energetic fight director Igor Gorewicz. More...

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Amon Amarth Reveals New Album Details

On March 25th, the Swedish metal kings from Amon Amarth will unleash their 10th studio album, "Jomsviking," via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Sony Music (International).

"Jomsviking" - the band's first actual full concept record - tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory).

Front-man Johan Hegg explains: "The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths. I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she's being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee - but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can't let go of the past. He feels that he's been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story."

Pre-order info is available here and the album's first music video can be seen below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. First Kill
2. Wanderer
3. On A Sea Of Blood
4. One Against All
5. Raise Your Horns
6. The Way Of Vikings
7. At Dawn's First Light
8. One Thousand Burning Arrows
9. Vengeance Is My Name (bonus track - for digibook, digital, LP, and viking ship editions)
10. A Dream That Cannot Be (Featuring Doro Pesch)
11. Back On Northern Shores More...

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