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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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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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Amon Amarth's seventh release (sixth for Metal Blade), "With Oden on Our Side", hit the Billboard charts for first week’s sales reaching #15 of the Heatseakers/New Artist Chart, #26 on the Top Independent Albums Chart, and #42 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart. Overseas, "With Oden on Our Side" entered the German charts at #21, Swedish Charts at #21 and the Austria charts at #27!
Amon Amarth, as previously reported, will be embarking on a month-long European tour in support of "With Oden on Our Side" and will follow-up with a U.S. tour as direct support to Children of Bodom starting on the 1st of December in Detroit, MI.
Tune into MTV2’s Headbangers Ball tonight to catch the premier of Amon Amarth's first video off of "With Oden on Our Side" for the track "Runes to My Memory". Amon Amarth's video for "Runes to My Memory" was directed by Bill Schacht.
Amon Amarth have decided to let you decide which songs will make their setlist for their upcoming European and North American tours. You may choose your favourite 15 songs, and the 15 songs with the most votes at the end will become the new setlist for Europe, whilst the 10 most popular will make the grade for North America. To have your say, simply go here and vote.
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AMON AMARTH's video for the song "Runes to my Memory" has been posted online at this location (Windows Media). The track comes off the Swedish metallers' latest CD, "With Oden on Our Side", which was issued through Metal Blade Records in the following formats: limited-edition red vinyl LP, standard CD, limited-edition two-CD digipack, and standard LP.
An exclusive media player for "With Oden On Our Side", featuring two songs from the album, can be accessed here. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren.
Sweden's AMON AMARTH has posted the following message on its official web site:
"As we have been offered to join CHILDREN OF BODOM on their North American tour in December, we have been forced to cancel the Scandinavian leg of our headlining European tour.
"Of course this is not a perfect scenario for us, as we hate to cancel shows and were really looking forward to playing in Gothenburg, Oslo and Stockholm.
"We will reschedule the Scandinavian shows to early next year, and hopefully be able to include more shows in the Scandinavian countries and Finland."
For a list of upcoming AMON AMARTH shows, click here.
Tour dates have been announced for Children Of Bodom's upcoming tour with Amon Amarth, Gojira, and Sanctity. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
11/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero (no Amon Amarth)
11/30 Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall (no Amon Amarth)
12/1 Detroit, MI @ Harpo's Concert Theatre
12/2 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
12/4 Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom
12/6 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
12/8 San Diego, CA @ Soma
12/9 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
12/11 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
12/12 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
12/13 Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
12/15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12/16 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/17 New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
12/18 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
An exculsive Amon Amarth online player has been made available by Metal Blade Records here. It features two new songs from the up-coming release "With Oden On Our Side"; "Cry Of The Black Birds" and "Runes To My Memory". The former has already been posted for downloading or streaming at this location. "With Oden On Our Side" is set for an October release.
AMON AMARTH will be team up with WINTERSUN and TYR for a European tour beginning in early November. The dates are as follows:
Nov. 02 - D Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Nov. 03 - D - Osnabrück, B 51
Nov. 04 - D - Lichtenfells, Festhalle
Nov. 05 - IT - Milano, Alcatraz
Nov. 06 - CH - Pratteln, Z7
Nov. 08 - HU - Zagreb, Boogaloo
Nov. 09 - SI - Ljubljana, VPK
Nov. 10 - AT - Linz, Posthof
Nov. 11 - AT - Wien, Planet Music
Nov. 12 - HU - Budapest, Wigwam
Nov. 14 - PL - Wroclaw, WZ
Nov. 15 - D - Berlin, Columbia Club
Nov. 16 - D - Halle, Easy Schorre
Nov. 17 - D - Erfurt, Club Centrum
Nov. 18 - D - Kaufbeuren, All Kart Halle
Nov. 19 - D - Stuttgart, LKA
Nov. 20 - FR - Paris, Elysee Montmarte
Nov. 22 - UK - Bradford, Rio
Nov. 23 - UK - London, Underworld
Nov. 24 - BE - Vosselaar, Biebob
Nov. 25 - NL - Weert, Bosuil
Nov. 26 - D - Bochum, Zeche
Nov. 28 - D - Köln, Live Music Hall
Nov. 29 - D - Hamburg, Markthalle
Nov. 30 - SE - Göteborg, Sticky Fingers
Dec. 01 - NO - Oslo, Garage
Dec. 02 - SE - Stockholm, Klubben
AMON AMARTH will release its sixth full-length album, "With Oden On Our Side", in Europe on September 25 (September 22 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with producer Jens Bogren.
Brand new music from AMON AMARTH titled 'Cry of the Black Birds', from their forthcoming Metal Blade Records release, has been posted online. You can snag or stream the tune at this location. The band's next effort is expected sometime in October along with new GOD DETHRONED.
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of This Ending from Stockholm, Sweden. This Ending were formerly known as The Plague, but had to change their name due to legal constraints.
This Ending started during the fall of 2005. 13 songs were created, three of which are featured on the downloadable demo recorded at Offbeat Studio in the winter of 2005.
This Ending existed in a previous incarnation as A Canorous Quintet. After several years of absence from the metal scene the guys decided that the time was right for a new era. It was time for the age of the plague. Members of the band are/have been active in the following bands: Amon Amarth, Guidance Of Sin, Niden Div. 187 and Sins Of Omission, among others.
Comments the band: "We are very pleased to be working with one of the most dedicated metal labels in the industry. Metal Blade is the first and only label that came to our minds when we were deciding on which label to present our demo with. We felt that they would understand and appreciate our style. We are confident that This Ending and Metal Blade will have a strong future together and look forward to the outcome of this partnership. We will be very proud to bear the Metal Blade logo on our releases."
A full-length album is due to be recorded during August and September at Off-Beat Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. No release date has been set yet.
Swedish Viking death metal heroes AMON AMARTH recenttly entered Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to begin recording their sixth full-length album. The group will record and mix all through May until June 14 with producer Jens Bogren. The as-yet-untitled CD is scheduled for release in September via Metal Blade Records.
Commented the band: "Finally after five very long — but productive — weeks all recording is done and today we started mixing the album. Nine tracks have been successfully recorded — no thanks to the huge ammount of alcohol consumed, but nonetheless successfully — and we can now reveal some of the titles: 'Valhall Awaits Me', 'Hermod’s Ride To Hel (Loke’s Trechery Part I)' and 'Runes To My Memory'. More titles will be revealed shortly."
Metal Blade Records has just issued an AMON AMARTH DVD, entitled "Wrath of the Norsemen". The three-disc set was released in a deluxe 10-page digipack with special gold-laminated slipcase. The main body of the DVD is the Cologne show from last year — 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.
Amon Amarth have posted the following studio update on the band's official website:
"Around noon today Ted finished all bass lines and added another level of heaviness to the production and, just to show his appearance, Thor brought on a little thunderstorm yesterday. It changed our bbq plans for the evening a bit, but we don't mind. Next up is Johan adding his powerful grunts. We have divided the vocals recording into two sessions so we will start with two or three days first. After that we take five days to lay down lead guitars and will continue with the vocals after that. This to make it easier for Johan's voice to last, since screaming 8-10 hours straight per day is not the easiest task!
"In other news we can also reveal that yesterday we got our first copy of the "Wrath of Norsemen" DVD [view photo] and even we are amazed!"