The Swedish Viking horde Amon Amarth will make a triumphant return to North America in September. Opening the shows will be fellow Swedes Sabaton and the American band Skeletonwitch.
As we hit the second round of the March Metal Madness 2014 tournament, we start to see albums that truly defined metal in the 21st Century begin to emerge. This matchup in the Mosh Pit Region is no different as two stellar efforts have moved one step closer to being named the best metal album of the 21st Century.
Our third battle in the Mosh Pit Region finds one of the "Big 4" squaring off against one of Viking metal's pioneering bands. Which one will advance to Round 2 of the March Metal Madness competition to name the best 21st Century metal album? That's up to you, so let's look at the nominees.
With over 15 years in music and nine studio albums, Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth have built quite a legacy. Loudwire had the chance to chat with the band’s drummer Fredrik Andersson during their recent headlining show in New York City and he spoke about their 'Deceiver of the Gods' disc, the longevity of the band as well as his fondness of beer. Check out our interview with Fredrik Andersson of Amon Amarth below:
Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg was the special guest on Full Metal Jackie's radio show this past weekend. Hegg spoke with Jackie about the just-wrapped 'Deceiver of the Gods' North American tour with Skeletonwitch and Enslaved and also discussed the standout video the band has filmed for 'Father of the Wolf.' If you missed the chat, here's Jackie's full interview with Amon Amarth's Jonah Hegg.
The makers of the upcoming film 'Northmen - A Viking Saga' have just made a phenomenal casting decision. While searching for actors to play Viking warriors, the filmmakers had the following epiphany: "Why don't we just bring in a real Viking?" And that they did, as Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg has been recruited to play the role of a brutal warrior.
Although the dirt and grit and bands were immensely entertaining on the side stages, fans who trekked out to this year’s Mayhem Festival were in for a treat over on the main stage. Production was complete with loads of smoke and pyro as the headliners Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch both put on incredible shows.