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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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Sweden's very own Viking metal masters Amon Amarth have just received a gold award for sales in the US on their first ever DVD, "Wrath of the Norsemen," which came out May 30th, 2006. The band's label, Metal Blade Records, comments "This is not only an amazing accomplishment for the band and the label but for metalheads everywhere! It’s not often our genre sees numbers recognized by the RIAA for sales so we could not be happier to not only have accomplished this but to have reached this milestone in just over a years time."
"Wrath of the Norsemen" features footage from a show in Cologne from 2005 filmed with 11 cameras. This was the longest show Amon Amarth has ever played (23 songs). Bonus footage includes interviews, behind-the-scenes of the DVD recording and footage filmed around the Cologne show.
Discs 2 and 3 feature professionally filmed shows from Summer Breeze 2005, the Metal Blade Rrroooaaarrr 2005 (a show with a really unusual set list), Wacken Open Air 2004 and the release show for Fates Of Norns in Ludwigsburg (Germany) in 2004.
The band is currently finishing up an exceedingly successful run on this summers Sounds of the Underground tour and will then head back to Europe to perform at the Summer Breeze festival with a complete Viking ship onstage. The performance at Summer Breeze will be followed up by a European tour with Dimmu Borgir. Amon Amarth will then return to the States this fall for a headline tour - dates and support bands to be announced soon.
The band was awarded their plaques towards the end of their set by Brian Slagel himself at the LA stop of Sounds of the Underground in Irvine CA on Saturday August 4th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. It was definitely a busy day of interviews, photo shoots, and celebrating for the band not to mention the spectacular live set they put on for the fans.
Joining the band for their photo shoot session was Brian Slagel -Owner/CEO of Metal Blade Records and Tim Borror of The Agency Group and one of the founders of the Sounds of the Underground tour.
Here’s what the band and Brian Slagel (Owner/CEO) of Metal Blade Records had to say about this amazing feat: More...
Self proclaimed "death rap" artist Necro has issued the follwing statement from his official Myspace:
"I decided to leave the tour collectively with my manager and booking agent (both tour organizers) because we felt the tour’s demographic was not receiving hip hop well. I was facing hostile, disrespectful crowds and was returning the same energy back ten-fold by being more aggressive than them.
It was making a lot of people in the tour crew nervous and there was concern someone might get hurt (NOT ME). It was also being suggested that maybe I tone down my live show and not antagonize the already antagonistic crowd. I couldn’t roll with that as it’s not my style. I was holding back enough as it is but there is a line. All the bands on the tour loved us and everyone behind the scenes knew we displayed major heart and never once got phased by the hostility. We finished every show with middle fingers up and a big "Fuck You" to the crowd.
I will make one thing clear for the haters: we NEVER got booed OFF the stage. Not once. Yes a ton of emo kids booed us at every show, but we had a twenty-five minute set every night and we stayed on stage for every minute of it, and we represented. Every show had at least 100 to 200 Necro fans in the pit tearing it up, and our meet and greets were incredible!
It’s just a shame these little kids are so close-minded. The majority of the hate was coming from mop top emo sixteen-year olds who have no clue who the originators of metal are, and didn’t respect my rest in peace chant to metal legends (Dime, Cliff, Chuck, Piggy, SOB).
As far as the tour organizers and I are concerned, you are my people so it’s all love and I’m thankful for the opportunity to prove I can murder it in the worst of situations. This actually did a lot for me and is just one move in many my team will make to blow Necro up"
Before taking the stage this past Sunday (July 8) at New York City's B.B. King Blues Club & Grill stop of the Summer Slughter tour, vocalist Covan of Polish extreme metallers DECAPITATED reportedly told fans that his band will hit the road as direct support to AMON AMARTH on the Swedish group's first U.S. headlining tour this November.
DECAPITATED's latest effort, "Organic Halucinosis", is a pummeling wall of concise sound that has turned the heads and ears of many within the metal community. The "Day 69" music video, a featured track from "Organic Halucinosis", is available for viewing at Earache.com.
Tune into this week's Headbangers Ball, which airs at 11pm EST, Saturday night on MTV2, to watch videos from Machine Head, Trivium, and more captivating interview segments provided by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. Here's the complete video playlist:
HellYeah - You Wouldn't Know
Pantera - Cemetary Gates
Job For A Cowboy - Embedded
Mastodon - Blood And Thunder
Kamelot - Ghost Opera (debut)
Anthrax - Caught In A Mosh
Black Label Society - In This River (From Dimebag Darrell 2007 Rock Walk Induction)
Alice In Chains - Sea Of Sorrow
Trivium - The Rising
Damageplan - Explode
Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Wanna Stop
Clutch - Electric Worry
Machine Head - Aesthetics of Hate
Black Sabbath - Neon Knights
Diecast - Fade Away
Death Before Dishonor - Break Through It All
Mudvayne - Happy
Alabama Thunderpussy - Words of A Dying Man
Amon Amarth - Cry of The Black Birds
Gojira - To Sirius
After the release of the new album “In Sorte Diaboli” this spring, and performances at this years Download Festival and the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, DIMMU BORGIR are coming to the UK for a full tour. Keeping the name of their US tour with Unearth, Devildriver and Kataklysm, the UK leg will feature special guests AMON AMARTH and HATESPHERE.
Dimmu Borgir's The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007 UK dates are as follows:
September 28 London Forum
September 29 Nottingham Rock City
September 30 Manchester Academy
October 1 Glasgow Garage/QMU
October 2 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Sounds of the Underground has announced the lineup for their annual tour. Following two straight appearances in the middle of the day, the event will be closed most nights by splatter metal champions, GWAR; ensuring that fans will remain blood and gore-free until the closing hours of the show. Three other bands will rotate in the headlining position prior to GWAR: a block-buster artist yet to be announced, face-shredding metal pugilists Chimaira, and experimental noisemakers Every Time I Die.
The day will be completed with a bill including Necro, Darkest Hour, Amon Amarth, The Acacia Strain, The Devil Wears Prada, HeavyHeavyLowLow, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Goatwhore, This Is Hell, and 2 Cents. Expect additional special guest headliners to join the bill on select dates.
The touring festival launches in July and runs into August. More...
Legendary California metallers ARMORED SAINT will play at Viper Room in Hollywood on May 19. This will be a warm-up gig for the band's appearance at this year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, which will be held May 25-27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Rock Hard Festival include AMON AMARTH, DARK FUNERAL, DEATH ANGEL, GRAVE DIGGER, HAMMERFALL, PAUL DI'ANNO, ROSS THE BOSS and THIN LIZZY.
ARMORED SAINT played a number a European and U.S. dates last summer, some of which were taped for the band's upcoming live DVD. It is not presently clear if plans exist for the group to begin work on a new studio album. ARMORED SAINT's last CD, "Revelation", came out in 2000 on the Metal Blade label.
Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. Dubbed "The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007", the trek will feature Sweden's AMON AMARTH in the direct-support slot. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Sep. 23 - Amsterdam - Paradiso (NL)
Sep. 24 - Tilburg - 013 (NL)
Sep. 25 - Cologne - E-Werk (DE)
Sep. 26 - Brussels - AB (BE)
Oct. 04 - Paris - Elysee Montmartre (FR)
Oct. 06 - Marseille - Le Moulin (FR)
Oct. 07 - Barcrelona - Razzmatazz 2 (ES)
Oct. 09 - Lisbon - Coliseum (PO)
Oct. 10 - Madrid - Joy Eslava (ES)
Oct. 11 - Bergara - Sala Jam (ES)
Oct. 13 - Pratteln - Z7 (CH)
Oct. 14 - Milan - Alcatraz (IT)
Oct. 15 - Ljubljana - Exhibition Hall (SI)
Oct. 16 - Vienna - Planet Music (AT)
Oct. 17 - Budapest - Petofi Csarnok (HU)
Oct. 19 - Prague - Retro (CZ)
Oct. 20 - Warsaw - Progresja (PO)
Oct. 21 - Berlin - Columbiahalle (DE)
Oct. 22 - Hamburg - Docks (DE)
Oct. 23 - Wiesbaden - Schlachthof (DE)
Oct. 25 - München - Georg Elser Halle (DE)
Oct. 26 - Leipzig - Werk II (DE)
Oct. 27 - Stuttgart - Nuclear Blast Festival (DE)
Oct. 29 - Copenhagen - Store Vega (DK)
Oct. 30 - Lund - Mejeriet (SE)
Nov. 01 - Helsinki - House Of Culture (FI)
Nov. 02 - Oulu - Tearia (FI)
Nov. 04 - Stockholm - Arenan (SE)
Nov. 05 - Gothenburg - Tragarn (SE)
Nov. 06 - Oslo - Sentrum Scene (NO)
Amon Amarth has posted the second music video, “Cry of the Blackbirds”, from their 2006 release With Oden on Our Side. “Cry of the Blackbirds” was directed by Bill Schacht for Aestheticom (www.aestheti.com).
Amon Amarth has posted the second music video, “Cry of the Blackbirds”, from their 2006 release With Oden on Our Side. “Cry of the Blackbirds” was directed by Bill Schacht for Aestheticom. You can check out “Cry of the Blackbirds” here.
Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have checked in with the following update:
"Yesterday we completed the filming of the new video for 'Cry Of The Black Birds', directed by William C. Schacht. It took 20 hours of blood, sweat and pain, in minus 14 degrees celsius, to get the video done. All that remains now is the editing of the filmed material. We would like to thank the production team, for a job well done. But especially we would like to thank the generous people of Baldur's Hird. Without their dedication and professionalism this video would not have been possible."
'Cry Of The Blackbirds' is lifted from the band's new album, With Oden On Our Side, available via Metal Blade.
The Swedish Viking Metallers have posted the following on their official site:
No doubt we will have a very busy summer this year, and we can now reveal the names of three of the festivals we will be appearing at this summer. We'll be at Bang Your Head Open Air, With Full Force Open Air and Summer Breeze Open Air. For more details click this link.
Having wrapped up a truly landmark year in metal, we are going to reflect on what made it such a good year by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks from 2006. As in previous years, I’ve polled the entire staff here at metalunderground.com about their favorite albums of last year. This year we've also added a new category for “Best DVD of 2006”
Here are the Metalunderground.com staff picks for the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2006, Best Metal DVD of 2006, Best Metal Newcomer of 2006, Best Live Act of 2006, and Most Anticipated Release for 2007. More...
VREID, the Norwegian band formed by former WINDIR members Hváll (bass), Steingrim (drums) and Sture (vocals, guitar), has been confirmed for the Metalcamp 2007 festival, set to take place July 16-21, 2007 in Tolmin, Slovenia. More than 80 bands will perform on two stages over the course of five days of live music. VREID will play on the main stage on July 18. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Jeffrey Easton of metal-exiles.com recently conducted an interview with Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg.
Jeffrey: How is the tour with Children of Bodom going?
Johan: As the support act you never really expect the tremendous response but we have been getting a great reaction.
Jeff: How do you think you are going over with Bodom’s crowd?
Johan: It is kind of weird but I do believe some of their fans like us. I can see why some would not like us but seem to enjoy it and get into it.
Jeff: You have been over here a few times but your biggest fan base is in Europe. What is the difference between touring here in the States and touring in Europe?
Johan: In Europe we can headline, we are not in that position yet. Going on this tour is a big step in the right direction. The crowds are the same everywhere and the venues on this tour are standard to us. The similarities are pretty big.
Jeff: A metal fan is a metal fan everywhere.
Johan: That is true but sometimes American fans go to extreme lengths to talk to you.
Jeff: How is that?
Johan: At one of our stops some fan wanted to talk to me so he waited until I was done with the other fans and all he wanted to do was just hang out with me.
Read the full article at The Metal Exiles.
Nights like this one only confirm that Euro-metal is steadily on the rise in New England. Judging by the number of excited fans attending the Palladium on Dec 16th, you would think that we were graced with not one but two headliners. It was a year ago, almost to the day that the two cohorts of Scandinavian merry men strolled through town and now they brought along France's beloved Gojira. Keeping chronological order, Sanctity took the stage first. They were greeted surprisingly well for an opening act. I haven't seen these guys before but kudos for their fervor on stage. Some of the fans were familiar with their stuff and even managed to form the beginnings of a mosh pit.
Highly acclaimed but alas, largely unknown in US, Gojira were up next. The quality of their music and the level of passion they played with were enchanting. This is a band that effortlessly fuses serene imagery with formidable riffs in an exceedingly refined manner. Grimacing vocalist Joe Deplaned was remarkably dynamic in his performance, interacting on stage and proving that Death metal bands can actually be eye-pleasing to watch. Mario's drum solo was an unexpected but gratifying treat. The set list revolved around their latest album: Ocean Planet, Heaviest Matter, Flying Whales and Backbone. The crowd looked a bit perplexed but displayed support with spontaneous cheers. More...
FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
FEAR MY THOUGHTS
KEEP OF KALESSIN
SECRETS OF THE MOON
German gothic metallers CREMATORY are the latest act confirmed for the 10th Anniversary of Germany's Summer Breeze Festival, which scheduled for August 16th - 18th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts now confirmed for Summer Breeze 2007 include: More...
Sweden's AMON AMARTH has rescheduled the Swedish dates that it was forced to cancel in late Novemebr/early December in order to join the CHILDREN OF BODOM North American trek. The new dates are as follows (venue details to follow):
Jan. 31 - Göteborg, SWE @ TBA
Feb. 01 - Malmö, SWE @ TBA
Feb. 02 - Huskvarna, SWE @ TBA
Feb. 04 - Stockholm, SWE @ TBA
AMON AMARTH's latest CD, "With Oden on Our Side", entered the national album chart in Sweden at No. 21 and in Austria at No. 27. The album has also debuted on the German national chart at position No. 21. This is the highest chart entry in Germany of any band on the Metal Blade roster, according to a posting on the group's web site.
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