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Amon Amarth Bring Crushing Force to New York With Enslaved + Skeletonwitch

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

The burly, bearded Vikings of Amon Amarth took New Yorkers by storm with a sold out show at Irving Plaza earlier this week (Feb. 4). Pummeling support was provided by Enslaved and Skeletonwitch.

Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg captures the full attention of an audience for various reasons: it could be his strong Viking build, his untamed beard or his unyielding vocal abilities. With the tour being named after the band’s latest album, ‘Deciever of the Gods,’ fans went wild when they played the title track and newer songs ‘As Loke Falls,’ ‘Blood Eagle’ and ‘Warriors of the North.’

With well over a decade as bandmates, the friendship and musicianship are both evident between the members of Amon Amarth onstage. The passionate fanbase is a testament to the group’s distinct themes and lyrics, along with their forceful presence and enthralling melodies.

The Swedish metalers ended their set with ‘Twilight of the Thunder God’ and ‘The Pursuit of Vikings.’ Let’s just say after their hour and a half set, it’s a miracle that Irving Plaza is still standing.

Norwegian black metal band Enslaved provided support and are known for their lengthy tunes, which is probably why their 45 minute set only consisted of five brutal songs. They began with ‘Death in the Eyes of Dawn’ and also played ‘Riitiir’ off of their latest record by the same name.

Old school Enslaved fans enjoyed ‘Isa,’ their shorter four minute track ‘Ruun’ and their 11 minute tune ‘Vetranott.’  Enslaved’s intensity was infectious, not to mention the exceptional facial expressions of vocalist and bassist Grutle Kjellson is a sight to see.

The venemous Ohio metalers of Skeletonwitch always know how to bring the intensity and this night was no different. Frontman Chance Garnette spewed out vocals while the rest of Skeletonwitch bashed ear drums. For a full list of remaining tour dates, go here.

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