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
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
- AMON AMARTH Post Mini-Documentary (theweldingroom.com)
- ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL $66 6-Pack Ticket Offer (theweldingroom.com)
Swedish death metal act, ENTRAILS, has announced the guest vocalists to be featured on their upcoming third album Raging Death.
Artists confirmed to appear on Raging Death include: Kam Lee (BONE GNAWER, ex-MASSACRE), Jorgen Sandstrom (THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, ex-GRAVE, ex-ENTOMBED), Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER a.o.) and Dan Swano (ex-EDGE OF SANITY). Fans will hear the guest vocalists on Death League.
“ENTRAILS is one of the best Death Metal bands around today hands down – and their track DEATH LEAGUE is just pure aggressive cut throat – true death metal in its most rawest and traditional form… the way death metal is meant to be played! When I was asked by the maniacs of ENTRAILS to lend my death growl vomit to the mix I was honored. But the fact that I’m sharing growls alongside other such legendary Swedish death metal vocalist – makes the brutality of the track even more so shredding! Like a cannibal mutant feeding frenzy of blood soaked gore… this track will make you bleed from the inside out!”
“I love working with Entrails. Their catchy brand of Death Metal is right up my alley. And when I heard that Kam Lee, Jorgen Sandstrom and some other major dudes we’re gonna join forces in a track, I happily accepted the invitation without to blink. A kick ass experience indeed! Make sure you hear it!”
“When asked to do some growling on a track by Entrails all I could think was ‘Fuck yes!’ I’ve been a fan of the band for a long, long time, as I had old recordings on a tape I got from a friend. And when I learned that I’d be in such awesome company as the legends guesting, I was even more happy about it! And the song fucken’ crushes!”
“I did not hesitate a second when Adde asked me to do some vocals for the new Entrails album but I had no idea that I was supposed to be in a song with these Sickos!!! If I knew I would had said yes in Planck time!! Death League FTW!”
Make sure to head over at metalblade.com/entrails to check out the artwork for Raging Death, as well as the first single In Pieces.
ENTRAILS comments on Raging Death:
“This is the perfect next step for ENTRAILS. A massive stench of death, right in your face! Raging Death as a title suited the album as a whole, since it’s pure death metal without mercy!”
Raging Death was recorded in different studios, the drum recordings took place at the Racetrack studios while the basis recordings were done at Jimmy Lundqvist’s own The Crypt recording studios. The album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound.
Raging Death tracklisting:
1. In Pieces
2. Carved To The Bone
3. Blood Hammer
4. Headless Dawn
5. Cadaverous Stench
6. Descend To The Beyond
7. Death League
8. Chained And Dragged
10. Cemetery Horrors
ENTRAILS formed in the ’90s, but split up before they were able to release a demo or even an album. It took them until 2008 to come back when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. In a moment of nostalgia, he decided that they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first ENTRAILS demo could finally take shape. After releasing another demo in 2009, ENTRAILS recorded and released their debut album, Tales From The Morgue, in 2010. Just a year later, The Tomb Awaits was released, an album that gained worldwide attention of music fans of the extreme and was considered by many as the best death metal release of 2011.
Joakim Svensson – Vocals/Bass
Jimmy Lundqvist – Guitar
Mathias Nilsson – Guitar
Adde Mitroulis – Drums
- Swedish Death Metal: ENTRAILS Finish New Album (theweldingroom.com)
(Pittsburgh, PA) Tech death metal machine, Kamikabe are proud to announce their participation in the return of Unique Leader‘s annual Extreme Metal tour, Bloodletting North America. They will be supporting their labelmates, French tech death metal masters, Gorod, as well as another fellow Unique Leader band, Inanimate Existence. Vale of Pnath (Willowtip) will be kicking things off each night.
The band had the following to say about the tour:
“We couldn’t be anymore stoked about this tour! An opportunity to shred with Gorod over here in the states is not something that happens too often. Plus, adding Inanimate Existence and Vale of Pnath to the lineup, as well as several other sick bands on select dates, makes this tour that much more crushing! We’ve been sharpening our blades and plan on destroying every city we hit. The years of hard work and support from everyone that has helped us along the way really speaks volumes for the Death Metal culture that we’re lucky to have. We’re excited to show Gorod how we do it over here, and more than ready to execute a full on assault from coast to coast!”
The tour spans from May 3 to June 1 covering the U.S. and parts of Canada. Also appearing on select dates will be Fallujah (Unique Leader), The Kennedy Veil (Unique Leader), Pyrexia (Unique Leader), Applaud the Impaler (Unique Leader), Rivers of Nihil (Metal Blade), Cognitive (Torture Music) and Archspire (Season of Mist).
Stay in touch with all the updates and future news regarding Bloodletting North America at the link below or check the TOUR DATES page (see tab above).
- Swedish Death Metal: ENTRAILS Finish New Album (theweldingroom.com)
- Blast Head Records Sign Ancient Roman Death Metal Band ADE (theweldingroom.com)
- NE OBLIVISCARIS Sign To Season Of Mist (theweldingroom.com)
Zombified recently completed a new music video for the track Pull the Trigger from their brand new album, Carnage Slaughter and Death. The video features each member of Zombified, guitarists Patrik Myrén and Pär Fransson, drummer Jacob Johansson, and bassist/vocalist Roberth Karlsson performing the song. The video shot by the members of Zombified and edited by Jacob Johansson. Pull the Trigger has been the featured single on The Welding Room radio program.
Zombified was started as a two man project by guitarists P. Myrén and P. Fransson in the winter of 2006. After some beers, and a three song demo, they decided to assemble a full band and record an album. They got in contact with the session members “Von Pest” and M.Askinen and with them they gave birth to the first album Zombified Slaughtermachine. After the release, M.Fiebig and R.Karlsson joined the band on drums and vocals and Zombified didn’t waste any time and created a new album called Carnage Slaughter And Death. Shortly thereafter, M. Fiebig decided to leave the band and a new drummer was found in J. Johansson.
Zombified Slaughtermachine led to the band signing with Cyclone Empire. Carnage Slaughter and Death will be released in February 2013 by Metal Blade Records in North America. It was recorded at Shotgun Studios, which is owned and operated by the band. Additionally, the band is wasting no time and has already begun assembling material for a third album.
- ZOMBIFIED Album Coming In February (theweldingroom.com)
- GLORIA MORTI Release Performance Demo Video (theweldingroom.com)
- New GLORIA MORTI Album In February (theweldingroom.com)
- Swedish Death Metal: ENTRAILS Finish New Album (theweldingroom.com)
- Pre-Order New NEAERA Album, On The Road Now (theweldingroom.com)
Metal Blade presents the latest in of a series of in-studio video clips from Swedish death metal strategists, AEON. Filmed during the band’s Aeons Black – released in North America on November 20 – recording session in Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, watch as guitarists Zeb Nilsson and Daniel Dlimi sever frets and talk gear at HERE.
“Without abandoning fast-ass, blasphemous death metal… the Östersundian quintet experiments extensively with slower tempos and an emphasis on heaviness” – Decibel
And the accolades hardly end there.
“punishing, blood-curdling, Christ-baiting death metal” – All Music Guide
“a ferocious beast and is a thoroughly awesome death metal album” – About.com
“a masterpiece of goddamned death metal” – Metal Observerand
“if you are in the market for some crushing neck-breaking death metal, this is one release you don’t want to miss. AEON is at the top of their game and they have more than proved it on Aeons Black” – Infernal Masquerade
Order your copy of Aeons Black HERE