Swedish metal powerhouse Amon Amarth has completed work on its long-awaited new studio album. The full-length release, titled Twilight Of The Thunder God, will see a September 30 North American release date via Metal Blade Records.
Twilight Of The Thunder God was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in rebro, Sweden. The album will feature 10 ravaging tracks of Amon Amarth's menacing battle metal replete with swarming riffs and searing percussion that provides a monolithic backdrop for vocalist Johan Hegg's wracked howls and lyrics rife with Nordic mythology. Known for seamlessly combining the key attributes of death, black and power metal to create "fantasy-fueled sonic mayhem", Amon Amarth (Elven-speak for "mountain of doom" in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings) has eclipsed its previous efforts with Twilight Of The Thunder God, creating an album that places the band amongst metal's elite.
Twilight Of The Thunder God also features several high-profile guest appearances including Entombed singer L.G. Petrov (on "Guardians of Asgaard"), Children of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala (who shreds a fierce solo on the track "Twilight Of The Thunder God") and Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica (a guest appearance on "Live For The Kill").
The final track listing for Twilight Of The Thunder God is as follows:
01. Twilight of the Thunder God 02. Free Will Sacrifice 03. Guardians of Asgaard 04. Where is Your God? 05. Varyags of Miklagaard 06. Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags 07. No Fear for the Setting Sun 08. The Hero 09. Live for the Kill 10. Embrace of the Endless Ocean
In support of Twilight Of The Thunder God, Amon Amarth has announced a fall, 2008 North American headlining tour. The scheduled 3 week trek will kick off on October 1 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Support on the Amon Amarth tour will be provided by Helsinki folk-metal act Ensiferum, Austrian blackened death metal band Belphegor and Tampa, Florida melodic death metal troupe The Absence.
On the topic of the headlining tour, the band states, "It's time again for us Vikings to make our way across the Atlantic. It's now official; we will be heading over for a North American headlining tour in support of our new album, "Twilight of the Thunder God." Joining our venture will be Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence, all solid and outstanding bands that we are honored to make part of our tour. We are excited to perform in front of our North American fans and cannot wait until then. Since "Twilight of the Thunder God" will be released on September 30th, look for new songs to be played! We're expecting a good proper horde, so hope to see as many of you out there as possible!"
Amon Amarth tour dates: North American Twilight Of The Thunder God Tour (w/ support from Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence):
10/01 - Anaheim, CA House of Blues (w/ Ensiferum only) 10/02 - Los Angeles, CA The Avalon 10/03 - San Francisco, CA Slim's 10/04 - Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater 10/05 - Seattle, WA El Corazon 10/06 - Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Centre 10/08 - Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room 10/09 - Calgary, AB The Warehouse 10/10 - Regina, SK Riddell Centre 10/11 - Winnipeg, MB The Garrick Centre 10/12 - St. Paul, MN Station 4 10/13 - Chicago, IL House Of Blues 10/15 - Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre 10/16 - Montreal, QC Le Medley 10/17 - Quebec City, QC Theatre Imperial 10/18 - Worcester, MA The Palladium 10/19 - Philadelphia, PA Trocadero 10/20 - New York, NY The Fillmore 10/21 - West Springfield, VA Jaxx
The Unholy Alliance: Chapter III' European Tour (w/ Slayer, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Mastodon):
10/27 - Manchester, England Manchester Arena 10/28 - Birmingham, England NEC 10/30 - London, England Hammersmith Apollo 10/31 - London, England Hammersmith Apollo 11/02 - Cardiff, Wales CIA 7000 11/03 - Glasgow, Scotland SECC Hall 3 11/05 - Offenbach, Germany Stadthalle 11/06 - Kln, Germany Palladium 11/07 - Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall 11/09 - Stuttgart, Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 11/10 - Winterthur, Switzerland Eishalle Deutweg 11/11 - Paris, France Le Zenith 11/12 - Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis/Lotto Arena 11/16 - Wein, Austria Gasometer 11/18 - Mnchen, Germany Zenith 11/19 - Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle 11/22 - Gothenburg, Sweden Lisebergshallen (Amon Amarth as direct support to Slayer, Mastodon opens)
Amon Amarth's "Bloodshed Over Bochum" (* The band will play one of the first four albums in its entirety each night along with a "best-of" mix from "Fate Of Norns" (2004), "With Oden On Our Side" (2006) and the upcoming album *):
12/28 - "Once Sent From The Golden Hall" (1998) Bochum, Germany Zeche 12/29 - "The Avenger" (1999) Bochum, Germany Zeche 12/30 - "The Crusher" (2001) Bochum, Germany Zeche 12/31 - "Versus The World" (2002) Bochum, Germany Zeche
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