AMON AMARTH: New Video, On Mayhem Fest Now

The release of Deceiver of the Gods, the latest studio album from Swedish melodic death metal titans, AMON AMARTH, has broken the band’s previous sales records around the world.  The album landed at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #19 on the Top Current Albums Chart. The band’s last album, Surtur Rising, entered the Top 200 Chart at #34 making Deceiver of the Gods the band’s highest charting record to date.

In Germany, Deceiver of the Gods entered the Top 100 Chart at #3, the official Media Market/Saturn Chart at #3 and the German Media Control Weekend Trend Chart at #2.

Set To Unleash Father Of The Wolf Video; Main Stage On Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest Now

Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #2 on the Hard Music Charts and #21 on the Digital Music Chart. Additionally, the record came in at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, #2 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #7 on the iTunes Top 200.

In the UK, the record entered the official Album Charts at #67, the Rock/Metal Chart at #4 and the Independent Chart at #14 marking the highest UK chart placements for the band yet.

Elsewhere, Deceiver of the Gods came in at #9 on the Top 100 Album Chart in Switzerland, #7 on the Austrian Top 100, #9 in Sweden, #27 in Denmark, #51 in France, #34 in Czech Republic and #51 in Hungary.

Comments the band of their latest triumph:

“The fan reaction to Deceiver of the Gods around the globe is both amazing and overwhelming. Our fans are strong and true and we are humbled by the support. We look forward to visiting everyone on the road.”

Deceiver of the Gods released in North America via Metal Blade Records on June 25, was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Opeth) and is reaping critical accolades internationally.

Deceiver of the Gods goes from rampaging to brooding to anthemic over a well-conceived trajectory… This is an album that begs to be consumed in its entirety at every listen, just to get the full experience” – Decibel Magazine

“No one delivers big, punch-in-the-face motifs better than AMON AMARTH, and the Swedish melodic-death-metal titans have excelled themselves on their ninth studio album… Not only does Johan Hegg deliver his fiercest growls ever, but he also duets mesmerizingly with operatic ex-Candlemass frontman Messiah Marcolin on Hel”Revolver Magazine

“easily one of the strongest and most diverse records the Swedes have ever made, gloriously extravagant, explosive blend of brutish riffing and unapologetic Maiden worship” – Metal Hammer

Literally invading U.S. shores, AMON AMARTH’s main stage slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest stuck awe into the hearts of media and fans alike when it opened last Saturday in San Bernardino, California. The band’s mammoth stage production, including a Viking Longboat and the amassing armies in the war between Odin and Loki, lit up the internet with excitement for the band’s set.

“the stunning stage production was what really made this AMON AMARTH show stand out from their own past shows, and indeed from all other bands that played this festival” – MetalAssault.com

In related news, AMON AMARTH is currently putting the finishing touches on the official video for colossal track Father Of The Wolf. The video will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Until then, check out the trailer now playing at the band’s microsite: http://deceiver.amonamarth.com

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DYING FETUS Recruit ABIOTIC, RIVERS OF NIHIL To Fall Tour

Dying Fetus announced their headlining tour for this Fall with Exhumed, Devourment, Waking the Cadaver (10/4-10/19), as well as up-and-coming Metal Blade Records artists Abiotic, and Rivers of Nihil (10/26-11/2).

Surfacing from the heart of South Florida, Miami’s ABIOTIC transcends high above the rest with a most preternatural sound. By interweaving well-cultivated musical dexterity and pronounced lyrical finesse, ABIOTIC epitomizes an unwonted entity of unmatched musicianship. In a short amount of time since the quintet’s inception in 2010, this ghoulish coterie has made a paramount impact in the death metal scene and support from the masses continues to grow. The five-piece group consists of vocalist Ray Jimenez, bassist Alex Vazquez, drummer Andres Hurtado and guitarists Matt Mendez and Johnathan Matos. The band’s Metal Blade debut, Symbiosis, is available everywhere now and their Dan Drescher-directed music video, Facades, is streaming at metalblade.com/abiotic.

Reading, Pennsylvania’s death metal quintet, Rivers of Nihil, recently entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg with Erik Rutan to record their first full-length album and Metal Blade Records debut, which is due out before the end of 2013. Tracking has been completed and finishing touches are being put on the album and the artwork. Music and information will be released in the coming months. Until then, fans can sample what’s to come in a demo for Rain Eater on soundcloud HERE.

Rivers of Nihil guitarist Brody Uttley comments on the tour:

“We’re incredibly excited to be part of this tour. Dying Fetus played a huge role in shaping the early sound of Rivers of Nihil and they continue to influence us to this day, and we grew up listening to Exhumed and Devourment and we’re honored to be touring with them. We’re also excited to be touring with some of our younger peers and Metal Blade brothers in Abiotic. We’ll be playing all new material from our new album, which will be coming out later this year.”

DYING FETUS
EXHUMED
DEVOURMENT
WAKING THE CADAVER (10/4 – 10/19)
ABIOTIC
RIVERS OF NIHIL (10/26 – 11/2)
Oct 4 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
Oct 5 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
Oct 6 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
Oct 7 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Oct 9 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Oct 10 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Oct 11 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 12 Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room
Oct 13 Santa Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21
Oct 14 Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point
Oct 15 Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Oct 16 W. Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
Oct 17 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Oct 18 Portland, OR @ Branx
Oct 19 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct 20 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Oct 22 Calgary, AB @ Republik
Oct 23 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
Oct 24 Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
Oct 25 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
Oct 26 St Paul, MN @ Station-4
Oct 27 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Oct 29 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
Oct 30 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
Oct 31 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Nov 1 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Nov 2 Springfield, VA @ Empire

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AMON AMARTH Post Mini-Doc Part 2

In anticipation of the release of their ninth studio offering, Deceiver of the Gods, Swedish death metal tyrants AMON AMARTH unleash the second of their special three-part mini documentary. Fittingly titled Forging Mjölnir, the crisp black and white film was directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com) and offers up intimate interviews with the band.

Watch the latest fifteen-minute segment where the AMON AMARTH collective recall their earliest metal memories as well as the band’s primitive beginnings via their microsite at http://deceiver.amonamarth.com.

Having blasted onto the Swedish melodic death metal scene with 1998’s Once Sent from the Golden Hall, every AMON AMARTH album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. Deceiver of the Gods captures the quintet at the peak of their powers.

From the moment the title track explodes in a haze of thrash-flavored aggression to the final mournful passages of epic closer Warriors Of The North there is not a wasted moment, the band bombarding the listener with ten tracks of compulsive and electrifying metallic fury. Whether they’re attempting to remove your face and separate your vertebrae with the deranged attack of Blood Eagle or carrying you on the back of the mammoth grooves driving We Shall Destroy and Father Of The Wolf they hit with decimating force, all the while unleashing ruthlessly captivating melodies. With the aforementioned thrash elements creeping in, as well as the old school metal and doom accents lending added depth and scale to standout track Hel, guitarist Olavi Mikkonen admits this time out the band were not afraid to wear their influences on their collective sleeve.

“We decided fairly early that we should go all-in on the songwriting for this album. If we had ideas or riffs that were perhaps a little too thrash oriented or traditional-metal sounding for AMON – or that were maybe too AMON or perhaps similar to what we had done in the past – we would still keep them as long as we really liked them. A few years back we would pass on those ideas and riffs, while now we feel it was right to just go with it. I think the result is that the songs are wider, they have stronger melodies, they are better composed with lots of dynamics in them, and there are no fillers or blanks on there. Everything is as good as it can possibly be, and reflects just how driven we were to make this a great record.”

Deceiver of the Gods was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage) and comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, Hel.

For special Deceiver of the Gods pre-order packages as well as a stream of the title track, go to this location: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth. Additionally, the full album is available for your death threats/complaints on The Welding Room. Shape Shifter now streaming via Stereogum HERE.

Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25, in Europe June 21/24 and Japan on June 26.

Following a run of European festival dates next month, AMON AMARTH will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29 in San Bernardino.

AMON AMARTH Summer 2013 European Festival Tour:
06/06 Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, SE
06/07 Rock Am Ring – Nurburgring, DE
06/08 Sonisphere – Sonisphere, FR
06/09 Rock Im Park – Nurenberg, DE
06/10 MeetFactory – Prauge, CZ
06/11 Club Studio – Krakòw, PL
06/14 Copenhell – Copenhagen, DK
06/15 Noval Rock – Nickelsdorf, AT
06/16 Download Festival – Donington, UK
06/21 Nummirock – Nummijarvi, FI

AMON AMARTH
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013:
06/29 San Manuel AmphitheaterSan Bernardino, CA
06/30 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
07/02 Idaho Center Amphitheatre – Nampa, ID
07/03 White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
07/05 Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
07/06 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
07/07 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Englewood, CO
07/09 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/10 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
07/12 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07/13 Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
07/14 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
07/16 Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
07/17 Bangor Waterfront – Bangor, ME
07/19 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
07/20 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY
07/21 The Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
07/23 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
07/24 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
07/26 Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07/27 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
07/28 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
07/29 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/30 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
07/31 Live Nation Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/02 Austin 360 Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
08/03 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX
08/04 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
08/05 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Kansas City, MO w/ Rob Zombie, Machine Head, Children Of Bodom
08/07 Pop’s – Sauget, IL w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/08 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/11 Heavy MTL Festival – Montreal, QC

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AMON AMARTH Post Mini-Documentary

AMON AMARTH unveiled the first of their special three-part mini documentary titled Forging Mjölnir. Filmed and directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com), the up-close-and-personal clip — which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork — celebrates the imminent release of the band’s ninth studio offering, Deceiver of the Gods.

Watch the six-and-a-half minute segment where vocalist Johan Hegg and bassist Ted Lundström elaborate on the mythological themes found within their latest epic via the band’s microsite at http://deceiver.amonamarth.com.

Not many bands can claim their ninth album as the most powerful, dynamic, and plainly aggressive of their career, but then AMON AMARTH consistently upped their game with every successive release. Having exploded onto the Swedish melodic death metal scene with 1998’s Once Sent from the Golden Hall, every album arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. Deceiver of the Gods captures the quintet at the peak of their powers.

“Every time we start working on new music we begin with the idea that we’re going to write the best album ever,” Hegg states.

“We knew we wanted a more aggressive, live feeling to this record but there’s no formula behind what we do. We just try to write something that takes us a step further than the last record, and is something that will excite us and our fans. Deceiver Of The Gods is the result.”

For proof, sample fourth track, Shape Shifter now streaming via Stereogum HERE.

Deceiver of the Gods was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The follow-up to the band’s critically adored 2011 release, Surtur Risingoffers up ten maniacally heavy battle hymns rife with the band’s absorbing harmonies and Hegg’s commanding Viking roar. Deceiver of the Gods comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, Hel.

For special Deceiver of the Gods pre-order packages as well as a stream of the title track, go to this location: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth. Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25, in Europe June 21/24 and Japan on June 26.

Following a run of European festival dates next month, AMON AMARTH will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29 in San Bernardino.

AMON AMARTH Summer 2013 European Festival Tour:
06/01 Forta Rock Festival – Nijmegen, NL
06/06 Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, SE
06/07 Rock Am Ring – Nurburgring, DE
06/08 Sonisphere – Sonisphere, FR
06/09 Rock Im Park – Nurenberg, DE
06/11 MeetFactory – Prauge, CZ
06/12 Eter Club – Wroclaw, PL
06/14 Copenhell – Copenhagen, DK
06/15 Noval Rock – Nickelsdorf, AT
06/16 Download Festival – Donington, UK
06/21 Nummirock – Nummijarvi, FI

AMON AMARTH
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013:
06/29 San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
06/30 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
07/02 Idaho Center Amphitheatre – Nampa, ID
07/03 White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
07/05 Desert Sky Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
07/06 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
07/07 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Englewood, CO
07/09 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/10 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
07/12 First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07/13 Toyota Pavilion – Scranton, PA
07/14 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
07/16 Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
07/17 Bangor Waterfront – Bangor, ME
07/19 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
07/20 Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY
07/21 The Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
07/23 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
07/24 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
07/26 Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
07/27 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
07/28 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
07/29 Expo Five – Louisville, KY w/ Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/30 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
07/31 Live Nation Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/02 Austin 360 Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
08/03 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX
08/04 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
08/05 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Kansas City, MO w/ Rob Zombie, Machine Head, Children Of Bodom
08/07 Pop’s – Sauget, IL w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/08 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/11 Heavy MTL Festival – Montreal, QC

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AMON AMARTH Unleash New Album Details

Melodic death metal heroes AMON AMARTH are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki & Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, Hel. Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25, in Europe June 21/24 and Japan on June 26.

Comments vocalist Johan Hegg:

“We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!”

Opening title track and first single, Deceiver of the Gods is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth where you’ll also find special pre-order info.

Deceiver of the Gods Track Listing:
01. Deceiver of the Gods
02. As Loke Falls
03. Father of the Wolf
04. Shape Shifter
05. Under Siege
06. Blood Eagle
07. We Shall Destroy
08. Hel
09. Coming of the Tide
10. Warriors of the North

A compelling synthesis of buzzsaw riff work, melodic harmonies and soul-severing rhythms punctuated by vocalist Johan Hegg’s callous Viking roar and gripping accounts of Norse battles and treachery, Deceiver of the Gods is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded 2011 Surtur Rising full-length. Finding placement on multiple charts worldwide the record is among the band’s fastest-selling albums to date. Surtur Rising sold approximately 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week landing the band at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums. Around the world Surtur Rising also charted in Germany at #8 on the Top 100 chart, #19 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #12 on Austria’s Top 40 Chart and Switzerland’s Top 100 at #20.

AMON AMARTH will be opening the mainstage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29 in San Bernardino.

AMON AMARTH
Summer 2013 European Festival Tour
06/01 Nijmegen, NL Forta Rock Festival
06/06 Solvesborg, SE Sweden Rock Festival
06/07 Nurburgring, DE Rock Am Ring
06/08 Amnéville, FR Sonisphere
06/09 Nurenberg, DE Rock Im Park
06/11 Prague, CZ MeetFactory
06/12 Wroclaw, PL Eter Club
06/14 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell
06/15 Nickelsdorf, AT Nova Rock
06/16 Donington, UK Download Festival

AMON AMARTH
w/ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013
06/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/02 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection w/ Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY Expo Five w/ Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress
07/30 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX Austin 360 Ampitheatre
08/03 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/05 Kansas City, MO Cricket Wireless Ampitheater w/ Rob Zombie, Machine Head & Children Of Bodom
08/07 Sauget, IL Pop’s w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/08 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/09 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress
08/11 Montreal, QC Heavy MTL Festival

AMON AMARTH:
Johan Hegg – Vocals
Olavi Mikkonen – Guitars
Ted Lundström – Bass
Johan Söderberg – Guitars
Fredrik Andersson – Drums

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