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Formed: 1992
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Amon Amarth's New Album Debuts At # 48

Swedish metal powerhouse AMON AMARTH’s brand new album, 'Twilight of the Thunder God', debuts at #48 on the Billboard Top 200 chart today, shifting over 11,000 units in its first week of release.

Released in North America on September 30 via Metal Blade Records, 'Twilight of the Thunder God' is AMON AMARTH's seventh full-length album, and is the highest American charting record in the band’s sales history.

'Twilight of the Thunder God's first week sales are roughly three times the opening tally of its predecessor, 'With Oden on Our Side', which premiered with 3,400 units sold back in October, 2006.

'Twilight of the Thunder God' also debuted at #5 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, #6 on the Billboard Hard Albums Chart, #12 on the Billboard Tastemakers Chart and at # 16 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.

Additionally, AMON AMARTH vaults to the #1 position at college radio this week. Propelled by the single and video for the album’s title track, 'Twilight of the Thunder God' sits atop the CMJ Loud Rock chart, besting new albums by Metallica, All That Remains, Trivium and Slipknot amongst others.

Following the completion of their North American headlining tour, AMON AMARTH will embark on a month-long European tour as hand-picked support for thrash metal titans Slayer and the band’s “Unholy Alliance Chapter III” tour. Also appearing on the tour will be Mastodon and Trivium.

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Tristania Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

A post on the official Wacken Open Air festival website reads as follows:

"Dear Metalheads,

For the 20th anniversary of the W:O:A, gothic metal band Tristania has now been confirmed. The Norwegian band has been successfully touring since October last year with new frontwoman Mariangela Demurtas."

Wacken Open Air 2009 is scheduled to take place from July 30th - August 1st in Wacken, Germany.

Other acts confirmed for the festival are AMON AMARTH, IN EXTREMO, CATHEDRAL, EINHERJER and MACHINE HEAD.

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New Amon Amarth Album Debuts on Billboard Charts

The following message has been posted on the Amon Amarth Myspace page:

"This is a special occasion for us. Reaching number 48 on the US Billboard and 35 on the Canadian Billboard is more than we could have hoped for. We would like to thank all our fans in Canada and the USA for this fantastic support. Without you we would not have been able to achieve this. Thank you!”

"Twilight of the Thunder God" also debuted at #5 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, #6 on the Billboard Hard Albums Chart, #12 on the Billboard Tastemakers Chart and at # 16 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart

All chart entries:

Germany: #6, Second week: #30
Finland #10
Sweden: #11, Second week: #33
Austria #14
Switzerland: #21
Canada: #35
Canada: # 6 (Hard Rock)
Canada: # 6 (Independent)
USA: #48
USA: #5 (Independent)
USA: #6 (Hard)
USA: #12 (Tastemakers)
USA: #16 (Rock)
Norway: #50
Belgium: #71
Denmark: #82
Netherlands: #87
United Kingdom: #126
United Kingdom: #8 (Rock & Metal)
United Kingdom: #11 (Independent)

Amon Amarth are currently on their North American tour with Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence. Remaining dates are as follows: More...

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Ensiferum Bassist Checks In From Amon Amarth Tour

Ensiferum bassist Sami Hinkka has checked in with this latest road report:

"Damn I'm angry (with) myself, I was sleeping while we drove to San Francisco and I missed Alcatraz prison.

"We cant get our travel guitars to stay in tune. Damn. We change strings tomorrow and hopefully that will do the trick.

"Today's stage was very small, and we had to put drums behind me so I didn't have room to move at all. Gig was awesome! Special thanks to front row singers! Hottest show so far and of course there is no shower.

"During our gig it started to rain. C'mon! Rain in California?" More...

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Amon Amarth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Amon Amarth are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's legendary Wacken Open Air festival next year. The festival will enter it's 20th year in 2009 and will be headlined by Machine Head.

The bands confirmed thus far are:

Amon Amarth
Cathedral
Einherjer
In Extremo
Machine Head

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Amon Amarth's Video To Premeire on HBB

Amon Amarth's first video off their new album "Twilight Of The Thunder God" will receive its TV premier this Saturday on MTV2's Headbangers Ball. Make sure to tune into Headbangers Ball this Saturday 11pm-12am EST to see the video for "Twilight Of The Thunder God" and catch the band live as they tour the states on their headlining run.

"Twilight Of The Thunder God" is available everywhere.

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Slayer Giving Away New Song On European Tour

A brand-new Slayer album is expected in 2009, but some fans won't have to wait that long to get an early listen to some of the new music. Fans who attend any of the upcoming European "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" dates (listed below), will receive the new Slayer song via an exclusive download card that will also include special material from the entire tour's line-up - Slayer, Mastodon, Trivium and Amon Amarth. The download card, along with a limited edition "Unholy Alliance Tour" clothing patch, will be given away free only to ticket holders when they arrive at their local venue the night of the show.

The new Slayer song is being recorded as you read this, as Slayer has just entered a Los Angeles-area studio to begin recording the new album. More info on the free song and new album will be announced shortly. In addition, Trivium's "Kirisute Gomen" from their new album, "Shogun" (released September 30), and "Guardians of Asgaard," a new song from Amon Amarth's "Twilight of the Thunder God" (released September 30), will also be part of the download package. Mastodon opted to do something a little different for their contribution to the tour download - the band will take fans into the recording studio for a first-look and listen to the making of their upcoming album. Plus, a live-in-concert Slayer performance filmed at the band's 2007 San Diego Sports Arena show will be included in the "Unholy Alliance Tour" download package.

The European leg of the mighty "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" kicks off in Manchester, England on October 27 and will play more than two-dozen shows over a five week period. A North American leg is being planned for 2009.

Confirmed dates for the European "Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III" are as follows: More...

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New Amon Amarth Album Lands on UK Charts

Amon Amarth's seventh full-length album, "Twilight of the Thunder God," has landed on the UK charts in the following positions"

#8 - Top 40 Rock & Metal Chart
#11 - Top 50 Independent Album Chart
#126 - Top 200 Artist Album Chart

The album has also landed at #11 on the Swedish charts. Their previous album, "With Oden on Our Side," had debuted on the chart at #21.

"Twilight of the Thunder God" will be available in North America tomorrow, September 30.

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Amon Amarth, Brainstorm On Summer Breeze 2009

A number of bands have already been confirmed for the Summer Breeze 2009 festival. Those bands are:

AMON AMARTH
BRAINSTORM
CANTUS
BURANUS (Corvus Corax)
J.B.O.
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
SCHANDMAUL
UNHEILIG
VOLBEAT

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Amon Amarth Posts New Music Video Online

Swedish metal powerhouse AMON AMARTH’s brand new music video for the song “Twilight of the Thunder God” has been posted online and is available below. The song is the title track from the band’s highly anticipated new album, which will see a September 30, 2008 North American release via Metal Blade Records. More...

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King, Hegg To Guest on Bruce Dickinson Radio Show

SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and AMON AMARTH frontman Johan Hegg will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, October 3 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio program, dubbed "The Bruce lDickinson Friday Rock Show." You can listen to the broadcast live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time at bbc.co.uk.

SLAYER, TRIVIUM, MASTODON and AMON AMARTH will team up for "The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III" European tour in the fall.

AMON AMARTH will be playing after Mastodon and before Trivium and Slayer in Germany and Sweden. AMON AMARTH will play before Mastodon in all other territories.

AMON AMARTH's latest album "Twilight Of The Thunder God" is in stores all over Europe now.

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Amon Amarth Posts New Video Online

Amon Amarth has posted yet another video in a series of consecutive metal video releases online for streaming. This video takes you throughout the process that brought life to Amon Amarth's most recent video release "Twilight Of The Thunder God." More...

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Amon Amarth posts Another New Song Online

Swedish metal act Amon Amarth has posted another new song online, entitled "Guardians Of Asgaard." You can check it out at the band's official Myspace. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new album, "Twilight Of The Thunder God," which is scheduled for a September 30th release date in North America.

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Amon Amarth Announces Signing Sessions

Amon Amarth has announced a number of in-store signing sessions at selected locations, plus a CD release party in Stockholm.

The dates are:

Sept. 18 Stockholm - Club Distorsion (Pub Anchor) (release party)
Sept. 19 Stockholm - Bengans (signing session)
Sept. 20 Göteborg - Cd Specialisten (signing session)
Sept. 27 Västerås - Media Markt (signing session)

Amon Amarth will be embarking on the European leg of the Unholy Alliance III Tour, which also features Slayer, Trivium and Mastodon. Tour dates can be found at this location. More...

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Amon Amarth Posts Making Of Video Online

Swedish metallers Amon Amarth has posted a new video online documenting the making of their new video "Twilight Of The Thunder God" which comes from their new album of the same name. You can check the video out below. The album will be released on September 22nd in Europe and North America. More...

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Belphegor Annouces Additional Tour Dates

Belphegor recently added 19 additional shows to their 2008 North American tour in support of their latest album, "Bondage Goat Zombie." Alonside Belphegor will be bands Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, and The Absence. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Amon Amarth Posts New Song Online

Amon Amarth have posted a brand new song online entitled "Twilight Of The Thunder God." You can check it out at the bands official Myspace. The song is the title track from the bands forthcoming new album and includes a guest spot from Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala.

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More Unholy Alliance III Tour Dates Confirmed

More dates have been added to the upcoming European leg of the Unholy Alliance III tour which features Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon and Amon Amarth.

The tour dates are as follows (new dates marked with **):

October 27 - Manchester, England - Manchester Arena
October 28 - Birmingham, England - NEC
October 30 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo
October 31 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo
November 2 - Cardiff, Wales - CIA 7000
November 3 - Glasgow, Scotland - SECC Hall 3
November 5 - Offenbach, Germany - Stadthalle
November 6 - Köln, Germany - Palladium
November 7 - Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall
November 9 - Stuttgart, Germany - Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
November 10 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Eishalle Deutweg
November 11 - Paris, France - Le Zenith
November 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis/Lotto Arena
November 16 - Wein, Austria - Gasometer
November 17 - Prague, Czech Republic - Incheba Hall
November 18 - München, Germany - Zenith
November 19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
November 21 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Valby Hallen **
November 22 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Lisebergshallen (Amon Amarth as direct support to Slayer)
November 23 - Stockholm, Sweden - Hovet **
November 24 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum **
November 26 - Tampere, Finland - Old Ice Hall **
November 27 - Helsinki, Finland - Old Ice Hall **

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Amon Amarth Reveals New Album Artwork

AMON AMARTH have revealed the cover artwork of "Twilight Of The Thunder God" and details of the five special editions of the album.

The details of the editions are as follows:

1. Jewelcase CD including full album and 24-page booklet.
2. Limited Deluxe Collector´s edition 3-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” ! Limited to 2.000 units Worldwide! A picture can be found here

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Contraband Candy Posts Tuska Special Feature, Pt 1

Contraband Candy has released part 1 of their Tuska Festival program. Here's what they say about it: "We show you Finland’s Tuska Festival in its true beer-and-Jäger-drenched glory, the way a proper Metal festival was meant to be enjoyed. With Korpiklaani’s fantastic song ‘Beer Beer’ as the theme tune, you can just imagine the sort of daft bollocks we got up to this time around!"

In this feature, Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth speaks about their new album, computer games and Viking paraphernalia. René has one too many Jägermeisters before the Primordial interview. Mille of Kreator talks about the pros and cons of Pro-Tools, their up and coming European and US tour in 2009 and their next album. Finally, they sign off this episode by interviewing Lord Of The Rings obsessives, Battlelore.

You can watch Part 1 of Contraband Candy's Tuska special feature on their site or below.

Coming shortly in Part 2: interviews with Entombed, Nile, Horna and Korpiklaani. More...

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