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Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following update:
"2007 has passed and will be remembered as one of the busiest years in AA history so far with nearly 120 shows played. It was the year we did our first ever headlining Scandinavian tour, UK tour and North American tour. First time in Portugal and Greece. We also did our first North American summer festival tour.
It also marked the year our DVD Wrath Of The Norsemen went gold both in the US and Canada!
All in all it's been an extremely successful year for us and what better way to end it than with some excellent news. 'Cry Of The Black Birds' placed #7 in the Headbanger's Ball video of 2007 as voted by viewers. A huge thank you to you, our devoted fans who voted!
We'll be starting the new year with an Australian tour. We are very excited about this as it will be our first time in oz. We are really looking forward to playing for our Australian fans. It's about time!
After that it's time for us to take a break from touring and start working on some new material.
Thanks for a very good year and let's see what 2008 will bring!
It was a cold and dreary winter night on December 14th, 2007 in rain-soaked Vancouver. Viking ships disguised as tour buses pulled up in front of the Croatian Cultural Centre, carrying a crew of Norsemen prepared to pillage the venue and to unleash Swedish death metal upon the crowd of angst-ridden teenagers and drunken metalheads. After a pat-down by the anal retentive security guards at the CCC, we made our way into the main hall that already smelled of a mixture of various kinds of smoke and kids who hadn’t yet realized that deodorant use comes with puberty. More...
Vancouver-based death/thrash band GROSS MISCONDUCT has been added to the AMON AMARTH, SONIC SYNDICATE show slated for Dec. 14 in Vancouver, B.C.
GROSS MISCONDUCT will be slotted first for Friday’s all-ages show, which will be held at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive).
According to Live Nation Canada, doors for the show are slated for 6 p.m. and the show is scheduled to begin at 6:30.
The recent show announcement comes on the heels of an extremely eventful last six months for the band since releasing its independent debut, "The Process of Indoctrination," in May 2007.
Since releasing their debut, GROSS MISCONDUCT has briefly toured the Canadian West Coast with GALY RECORDS artists MARTYR and NEURAXIS and played shows with the likes of INFERNAL MAJESTY and THINE EYES BLEED, on top of playing the Vancouver stop of the VANS WARPED TOUR in July.
"The Process of Indoctrination" has garnered an overwhelmingly positive amount of album reviews, and the band is now shopping its debut to labels and distributors.
Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following update:
"Our North America tour started a week ago and it's been one hell of a week. Every night, the crowd has been more than awesome. Finally we get to play a full set for our North American fans, and on our own terms. We've been trying out some different songs to make the 'perfect' setlist, and it feels like we got it now. The response we've got about the setlist has been surprisingly positive! Both HIMSA and SONIC SYNDICATE are great guys to tour with and we're happy to have them with us.
Meet and greets have been very successful in the past week. We are very happy to have met many of our fans in person and to have had the chances to talk to many of them. We will be continuing the meet and greets for the rest of the tour, with the exception of the dates where we have in-store signings. Just a reminder, meet and greets will happen for thirty minutes after doors open. So get there early! At the
present moment, there are two scheduled in-store signing sessions. Any more in-store signing sessions will be announced as soon as we get the information." More...
Metal Blade Canada reports:
Third time is a charm when it comes to Sweden's AMON AMARTH!
Wrath Of The Norsemen DVD, which was released just a mere four months ago, has officially gone gold in Canada, being the third international territory the DVD has been released in.
"We want to thank Metal Blade Records, and especially Michael Trengert (Germany office), for making this DVD happen. We also want to thank our friends 'Die Jomswikinger', our crew, and the Roax film team for an excellent job. Last but not least we want to thank all our Canadian fans who have supported us and bought the DVD. You kick ass Canada and we will see you very soon!"
A three-disc set, the DVD was released in a deluxe 10-page digipak with special gold-laminated slipcase. The main body of the DVD is the Cologne show from 2005 - filmed with 11 cameras, this was the longest show Amon Amarth have ever played (23 songs!). Bonus footage includes interviews, behind-the-scenes of the DVD recording and other material 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 Fate Of Norns in Ludwigsburg (Germany) in 2004.
Amon Amarth will be celebrating their success in Canada on their upcoming Wrath Of The Norsemen Tour. This will be the band's third time touring Canada in 2007 and we welcome them with open arms!"
The band will be playing the following shows below:
5 in Montreal, QC - Medley
6 in Toronto, ON - Opera House
14 in Vancouver, BC - Croatian
"Metal Blade Records Canada will also be presenting the band with their gold plaques for Wrath Of The Norsemen in Vancouver, BC on December 14th.
Also, don't forget to swing by and hang with your favorite Vikings at their in-store appearance on December 14th in Vancouver, BC at Scrape Records from 5 - 6 PM."
Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have posted this message on their official website:
"There will be a series of meet and greets on our North American tour. The meet and greet will be half an hour long beginning from when doors open. We are looking forward to meeting our fans in person and we'll try to make them happen at every show. Unfortunately due to time restraints, we will be unable to have a meet and greet on the dates where there will be in-store signing sessions.
Because of the recent tragic events, DECAPITATED will not be able to be part of the North American tour. We are deeply sadden by the events and are disappointed that our metal brethren will not be able to share the stage with us.
We've tried to find a replacement for DECAPITATED but it has been impossible. We've decided to play a longer set and throw in some songs that we either never played live before or haven't played live in a very long time. And we think we have a set list that will please both old and new fans!
We are really looking forward to hitting the roads in North America and finally do a full 90 min set. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to catch the show!"
AMON AMARTH will be participating in an in-store autograph signing session on December 14 at Scrape Records (located at 17 West Broadway) in Vancouver, BC, before their live performance at the Croatian Cultural Centre later that night.
Here are the band's upcoming North American tour dates with HIMSA and SONIC SYNDICATE:
Nov. 19 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Nov. 20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
Nov. 21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Nov. 23 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Nov. 24 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Nov. 25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Nov. 26 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Nov. 27 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
Nov. 28 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Nov. 29 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Nov. 30 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Dec. 1 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Dec. 2 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Dec. 3 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
Dec. 5 - Montréal, QC - Medley
Dec. 6 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Dec. 7 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Dec. 9 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Dec. 11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
Dec. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
Dec. 14 - Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
Dec. 15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Dec. 16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Dec. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon
Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following update:
"There will be a series of meet-and-greets on our North American tour. The meet-and-greet will be half an hour long beginning from when doors open. We are looking forward to meeting our fans in person and we'll try to make them happen at every show. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, we will be unable to have a meet-and-greet on the dates where there will be in-store signing sessions."
"Because of the recent tragic events, DECAPITATED will not be able to be part of the North American tour. We are deeply sadden by the events and are disappointed that our metal brethren will not be able to share the stage with us." More...
Amon Amarth recently posted an extensive tour blog on their myspace page. It covers their exploits across Europe as part of Dimmu Borgir's Invaluable Darkness tour.
2007-10-19 Check Republic, Prague, Retro
A long drive on small bumpy roads and an endless search for the venue in Prague lead to us being late, very late. We finally got to the venue at 4pm. Still in time for the show though and for that we're thankful. We've never played actually in Prague before and it was a lot nicer than the usual Black Pez which is a dump. Excellent crowd, excellent food and of course STAROPRAMEN, what more can you ask for?
2007-10-20 Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
An even longer drive and though we thought it to be impossible, even bumpier roads! Not much sleep tonight... On top of that we couldn't find the venue. The bus has a GPS system but it doesn't work in the eastern parts of Europe, way to go Alfredo! After getting lost a couple of times and guided by some locals... to some sort of Polish local neighbourhood (!) a police car stopped some other car in front of us so we simply asked them for the way. And not only did they explain it, but they escorted us with the blue lights on! Turned out to be about 2 minutes from where we were by the way...We had put bets on what time we'd be parked at the venue and Olavi beat DIMMU's soundguy with one minute when we got there 4.44 pm in the afternoon, winning the 40 euros in the pot. Thanks to the crappy roads some of our gear was not working properly and we had some major technical problems during the show. However, the Polish metal heads didn't seem to care too much and we did our best to please a crowd that are spoiled with shows from death metal monsters Behemoth, Vader and Decapitated etc. And they seemed to still enjoy our show!
2007-10-21 Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
We've sold out the smaller Columbia club twice the last couple of years when we made our own tour and now we get to play the bigger venue. It doesn't have the same intimate feeling and playing on a Sunday can be a bit quieter than it would on a Friday or Saturday. Still an awesome response and crowd and we had a great time on stage! The catering situation at the Columiba venues is world class! Absolutely the best in Europe as we get spoiled with all different kinds of meat, fish, veggies and an extraordinary desert. Not a long drive to tomorrow's show so bus call wasn't until 9 am. Lots of time to party in Berlin and get some well needed sleep without feeling like you're just about to get thrown out from your bunk as the bus goes off road.
2007-10-22 Germany, Hamburg, Docks
We've only played the Markthalle before so we were not familiar with this venue. Docks is situated right on Reeperbahn, which we are familiar with. A nice venue, not as cramped and sauna-like as Markthalle usually gets even if it still did get very hot on stage. The Hamburg fans has to be one of the best in Germany though, maybe cause they're close to Wacken/Mecka. With 1600 people raising their hands in the air and it felt like everyone was singing along to our songs we had one of our best shows on this tour so far!
2007-10-23 Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
Wiesbaden is a nice little town, some of us went to the nearby Saturn and mall during the day. The rest of us fought over the limited amount of bandwidth internet at the venue. Winner of the day to the internet: Johan H. as no one else managed to get online.
Pretty nice venue and stage, and the crowd seemed to enjoy our show very much. We certainly enjoyed playing!
2007-10-23 Day off, still in Wiesbaden
Spent the day going bowling and had dinner at a Greek restaurant. Ted won the bowling with 144 points average out of three games.
2007-10-24 Germany, Munich, Georg-Elser-Halle
Djurgården's football team lost the Swedish champion ship tournament today so Johan H and Ted were grieving a bit. Never played this venue before, but it was very nice. And as always the Munich crowd was welcoming us and giving us a great reception, we had an awesome time on stage!
2007-10-25 Germany, Leipzig, Werk
A nice venue and excellent catering greeted us in the morning (read 1-2pm). We've always had a warm reception from the fans here since early years when we did lots of small club shows in this parts of Germany. We'll never forget stoye halle for example! Tonight was the biggest show out of the German ones, and definitely the loudest! Since's DIMMU is playing the nuclear blast festival tomorrow and we can't play on off days we have two days of no show in a row. Some of us took the opportunity to fly home from Leipzig, spending two nights off the bus. The rest of the party went to Hamburg to hang out with Gamma Ray in their rehearsal studio and later on going to the Iced Earth show at Markthalle.
2007-10-28 Denmark, Copenhagen, Store Vega
It's been 7 years since we played Denmark and that's way too long. Strange how it seems to be harder to play in neighbouring countries than on the other side of the world. The Danish vikings were loud and obnoxious and definitely didn't care about it being a Sunday, just as we had hoped. Now just let's hope it wont take another 7 years...
2007-10-29 SWEDEN, Lund, Mejeriet
Ahh... Swedish soil. Feels like coming home, even if they speak funny here, they're still countrymen :-) First time for us in Lund and it seemed like a nice town. A cool venue, but a bit small stage so we were a bit cramped up during the show. Mondays are always harder to get the crowd going crazy, and especially with such a young crowd as tonight, but after some persuasion they got the viking blood pumping!
2007-10-30 Travel day
Got to Stockholm early in the morning and we had time to go home for a couple of hours before taking the ferry at 5 pm.
The ferries between Sweden and Finland are giant floating entertainment facilities with SPA's, pools, saunas, restaurants, bars, shopping, casino etc. So after some relaxing sauna and massage, followed by a fine dinner, it was time to party... hard. And some of us were more drunk than others when we had to get off the boat at 10 in the morning Finnish time...
Read the full article at Amon Amarth's Myspace blog.
Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have confirmed a meet n' greet in Vancouver, BC at Scrape Records on December 14th, just prior to their appearance at the Croatian Cultural Centre later that evening. Their upcoming headlining North American tour also features DECAPITATED, HIMSA, and SONIC SYNDICATE.
Dates are now as follows:
19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
23 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
24 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
26 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
27 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
28 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
29 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
130 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
1 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
2 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
3 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
5 - Montréal, QC - Medley
6 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
7 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
9 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
14 - Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon
Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH have released the following statement:
"It's with deep shock and sadness we have received the tragic news of the death of Witold 'Vitek' Kieltyka, drummer in DECAPITATED, and we want to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We were really looking forward to touring North America with DECAPITATED, and the news of the accident came as a real shock. We also want to send our best well wishes to Adrian 'Covan' Kowanek, who also was injured in the accident, and we sincerely hope that he will recover soon."
A LIFE ONCE LOST have lined up a warm up show before their upcoming U.S. tour with SUICIDE SILENCE. The show will take place in New York City on October 29th at the Lit Lounge and feature performances from ALOL, BLOODY PANDA, and CASKET ARCHITECTS.
The band have also been added to the following dates of the AMON AMARTH, DECAPITATED, and SONIC SYNDICATE tour:
November 29 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
November 30 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH will embark on "The Wrath Of The Norsemen Tour 2008" of Australia/New Zealand in January 2008. The dates are as follows:
Jan. 04 - Adelaide - Fowler's Live (All Ages)
Jan. 05 - Perth - Amplifier Bar
Jan. 06 - Sydney - The Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
Jan. 08 - Melbourne - Billboard The Venue
Jan. 09 - Melbourne – Wednesday (Under 18s)
Jan. 11 - Auckland - The King's Arms
Jan. 12 - Brisbane - The Arena
Tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 19.
AMON AMARTH's "Wrath of the Norsemen" DVD was recently certified gold in the U.S. for sales of around 16,000 copies (due to the fact that the set consists of three discs; gold certification for a single-disc release is 50,000 copies).
Released in June 2006, "Wrath of the Norsemen" DVD entered the Swedish Music DVD chart at position No. 2. A three-disc set, it was released in a deluxe 10-page digipack with special gold-laminated slipcase. The main body of the DVD is the Cologne show from 2005 — filmed with 11 cameras, this was the longest show AMON AMARTH have ever played (23 songs!). Bonus footage includes interviews, behind-the-scenes of the DVD recording and other stuff 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 setlist!), Wacken Open Air 2004 and the release show for "Fate of Norns" in Ludwigsburg (Germany) in 2004.
Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH have been forced to cancel tonight's concert in Madrid, Spain with DIMMU BORGIR and ENGEL. According to a press release, "the band's bus broke down so that they won't be able to make it to the venue in time!"
Sweden’s hottest newcomers, SONIC SYNDICATE, will be making their US debut with a tour alongside HIMSA, DECAPITATED and fellow countrymen AMON AMARTH this November. Since the release of the band’s second opus, “Only Inhuman,” the band has been taking Europe by storm with many festival appearances and a tour with DARK TRANQUILLITY. Soon after the band finishes their current European tour with SOILWORK and CALIBAN it’s off to the States to wreak even more metal havoc. Lead singer Richard Sjunnesson had this to say about the bands hectic schedule:
“We are excited and really looking forward to finally getting over there to see the American fans. This is SONIC SYNDICATE’s very first tour on American soil and we are very happy to be doing this under the wings of the vile Vikings, AMON AMARTH, who are of course countrymen of ours. I have personally followed them since the early 90s and touring with them makes me happier than words can express. It will of course also be a honor to share the stage with the brilliant metal acts HIMSA and DECAPITATED. See you all soon!”
Here are the confirmed tour dates: More...
Swedish National Radio show "P3 Live" will be broadcasting Amon Amarth's performance from Sweden Rock Festival on Thursday, September 20th. The broadcast will start at 9:30pm (CET). International fans can listen to the streaming online at www.sr.se.
Amon Amarth will be embarking on a headlining North American tour this winter, with Decapitated, Himsa and Sonic Syndicate. Tour dates are as follows: More...
Swedish metallers AMON AMARTH will embark on a North American headlining tour in November. Support on the trek will come from DECAPITATED, HIMSA, and SONIC SYNDICATE. Dates so far include:
Nov. 19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Nov. 25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
Dec. 01 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Dec. 06 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Dec. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Avalon Theater
Dec. 15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon More...
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