are often typecast as Viking Metal although the band prefers to call their style melodic Death Metal. But in the end, that doesn't matter - after all, the Swedes have played almost any given Metal festival on earth since their first days in 1992. Impressive stage shows with pyro technology and reproductions of Viking ships are just the frosting on the cake when talking about Amon Amarth and their performances. The music speaks for itself, and with each new album, Amon Amarth deliver a new proof for the fact they are a class of their own, drawing their material from the rich Nordic lore. The line-up has been the same since 1998 which also adds to the tight delivery and harmonic atmosphere on their albums. EMP is very happy to announce that we can offer Amon Amarth merchandise exclusively: get their releases, shirts, flags, and even Amon Amarth wine in our shop!
When they're on the prowl, they are successful - their prey consists of more and more fans each time they fan out. Even a weaker release like "Fate of norns" couldn't change that, and "With oden by our side", the conquerors from Tumba near Stockholm made up for it pretty fast. Exactly two years after the recordings for the latter, they returned to Fascination Street Studio of Jens Bogren to create "Twilight of the thundergod". The studio premises, located in the Örebro area, are: an old bar - no wonder Amon Amarth feel at home there. "Besides, there is a supermarket within walking distance", Johann Hegg rejoices. "Jens had some new ideas and perspectives concerning songwriting and sound. We never went to town for partying, though. But our mate Kentha from The Project Hate came for a visit." During that visit, they tried to light up the charcoal - those attempts were released online in a short studio video blog... Conclusion: the ,Masters of war' are by no means also the masters of barbecue. But the studio blogs do not provide much insight into the sound of their seventh studio album. Right now, the ten songs are nothing but myths and the giant singer doesn't want to reveal more than those tracks already mentioned on the band homepage. Right now, they don't even have a cover artwork. "I write my lyrics in a characteristic style and I have a significant voice which I wanted to sound a bit more versatile - it should go even better with the riffs. I don't say that both didn't go well together before, but some parts just reiterated. I went into the studio with almost finished lyrics and experimented spontaneously with different rhythms and phrasings. But don't worry, there won't be any clean vocals." In "Knocking at your back door", Deep Purple's ode to anal sex, Ian Gillan sings "It's not the kill, it's the thrill of the chase", meaning that the chase is often better than the catch. "Live for the kill" seems to contradict this philosophy vigorously. At least, it's not about Johan's hunting prowess... "I am a horrible shot, and have demonstrated that in the army already, and later, too, when we were at a shooting stand in Canada. ,Guardians of asgaard' of course could refer to the band as far as the lyrics are concerned, and ,Tattered banners and bloody flags' is a very unusual title for us - hearing that, Oli always has to think of Bolt Thrower. Anyway, musically, it is a trademark Amon Amarth song. ,Twilight of the thundergod' is our most versatile album so far. We have advanced our sound without changing ourselves too much. We don't want to scare our fans. ,Fate of norns' was too static - after the first half, you thought ,wow, how exciting - yet another midtempo song."
Crush the avenger
by Eugen Legat
The fourth album (including the 1996 via a Singapore-label released MCD) by the five brave fighters over their instruments and alcohol bottles.
"The title, of course, refers to Thors Hammer Mjölnir, around whom I have spun my story. We now had the avenger, the crusher, following up will probably be "The drunkard"."
To befuddle their true attitude, the masters of porn used a special strategy. With "Masters of war", already the second song on the album can be called the most atypical Amon Amarth song, whose Bolt Thrower attitude has proven its probability.
"The song surely is quite monotonous in its being. We called the main riff the tank riff. It's like a huge, ugly machine surviving all obstacles even if heaven and hell collapse. By its simple structure, it is also easy for the fan who is not familiar with the album, to get into the song. In the faster tracks like "Bastard of a lying breed", the concert visitors would probably only have stared at us. Those big festival tours with all the big names surely have a great promo-effect but as musicians we prefer the underground gigs. It's hard for all of us to leave the stage when the fans just warming up and leave them to the next act. The Sylvester concert, however was not my most memorable gig, because I had a fever and except a few drops of whiskey I had to refuse all kinds of alcohol. And even though I was busy all the time remembering the lyrics, I even entered the stage with our friends of Purgatory for one song after I have also guested on their last record. Our own gig began at 0:10 a.m., so Amon Amarth were one of the first bands to play in Germany in the new Millenium."
To all the mathematics among you: "The sound of eight hooves" does not necessarily have to be played by two horses.
"With that I refer to Odin's horse, you know: "a horse is a horse is a horse ...". We also have included a new recording of an old demo, whereas "Risen from the sea" initially was planned to be a bonus track, but he all but especially Lars Szöcke (Hypocrisy Drummer, and master of the production) liked it too much. Because I couldn't remember all the words, I had to improvise some parts. This song is the only one in which I ever dealt with Satan and such stuff."