Amon Amarth’s drummer Ted spent a few minutes with PGHMUSICMAG to talk with them backstage at Rockstar Mayhem Festival about what is happening with Amon Amarth, in particular the special edition of “Deceiver Of The Gods” and much more. Check out the video to see what it’s all about…
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In conjunction with their slot on this year’s edition of the Rockster Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Swedish melodic death metal legion, AMON AMARTH, grace the cover of the August 2013 issue of Decibel Magazine!
Conducted by J. Bennett in Stockholm, Sweden, the intimate feature follows the band through their early days and escalating success, tour life, and the creation of their most compelling record to date: Deceiver of the Gods. A must-read for any AMON AMARTHdisciple.
The issue is on sale NOW. Purchase your copy HERE.
The recently unleashed Deceiver of the Gods was released in North America via Metal Blade Records on June 25, recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Opeth) and broke the band’s previous sales records around the world! The band is now in their second week on the Billboard Top 200 in the U.S. (week one: #19 and week 2: #59) and third week on the Top 100 Charts in Germany (week one: #3, week two: #13, and week three: #23).
Literally invading U.S. shores, AMON AMARTH‘s main stage slot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, currently underway, the band’s mammoth stage production, including a Viking Longboat and the amassing armies in the war between Odin and Loki, has lit up the internet with excitement for the band’s set. Said Metalassault.com, “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.” Agreed Mxdwn.com “Perhaps the day’s best set came next at the main stage. Swedish Viking rockers AMON AMARTH delivered the best tenets of Scandinavian death metal. Fronting a massive mural of their new album Deceiver of the Gods… the band also proudly displayed a full-scale Viking battle barge as the centerpiece of their set design. Their drummer Fredrik Andersson was perched atop semi-hidden by the ship’s bow. The group’s equally large lead singer Johan Hegg bounded from one side of the stage to the other bellowing in his demonic howl. The title track from their new album and ‘Death in Fire’ were both great, but it was ‘Twilight of the Thunder God’ that packed the most punch and fury.”
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.
“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
“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
“…so good that it might prove to be one of their best albums since the days of The Crusher and Once Sent From The Golden Hall.” – The New Noise
“…easily one of the strongest and most diverse records the Swedes have ever made… gloriously extravagant…” – Metal Hammer
“…it’s the energy AMON AMARTH convey more than anything else that makes Deceiver of the Gods so emphatic — especially the interplay and layering of different rhythmic patterns, like adrenaline pumping through the system, so that no matter how heavy things get, they’re never weighed down.” – Exclaim!