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Formed: 1992
From: Stockholm, Sweden
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Amon Amarth To Play Longer Set On American Tour

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...

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Amon Amarth Post Invaluable Darkness Tour Blog

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...

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Amon Amarth Confirm Vancouver In-Store Appearance

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

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Amon Amarth Comment On Decapitated Drummer's Death

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."

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A Life Once Lost Announce New York City Show

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

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Amon Amarth To Tour Australia

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.

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Amon Amarth Bus Breaks Down

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!"

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Sonic Syndicate Gearing Up For Amon Amarth Tour

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!”

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Amon Amarth At Sweden Rock To Be Broadcasted

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...

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Amon Amarth Announce North American Tour Dates

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...

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Amon Amarth DVD Certified Gold

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...

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Necro Leaves Sounds Of The Underground Tour

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"

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Decapitated And Amon Amarth To Tour

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.

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View Tonight's Headbangers Ball Lineup

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

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Dimmu Borgir Brings Invaluable Darkness To UK

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

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SOTU 2007 Lineup and Tour Dates Announced

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...

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Armored Saint Schedules California Concert

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.

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Dimmu Borgir To Tour Europe With Amon Amarth

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)

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Amon Amarth Posts “Cry of the Blackbirds" Video

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).

You can watch “Cry of the Blackbirds” online here.

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Amon Amarth Posts "Cry of the Blackbirds" Video

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.

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