After touring the world this past year in support of their new album, Jomsviking (Live Metal #8 Album of 2016), Amon Amarth will head back out on the road this spring for a USA tour with Goatwhore! Starting April 30th, the trek also features select appearances by Amon Amarth at some of the nation’s premier music festivals: “Welcome to Rockville”, “Carolina Rebellion”, “Dark Lord Day”, “Northern Invasion”, and “Rock on the Range”. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Viking metal’
Tags: Amon Amarth, Carolina Rebellion, Death Metal, extreme metal, Festivals, Goatwhore, Jomsviking, melodic death metal, Metal Blade, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range, sweden, Tour Dates, Viking metal, Welcome to Rockville, World's Loudest Month
Tags: battle metal, extreme metal, Finland, folk metal, Korpiklaani, Paganfest, Paganfest America Part V, symphonic metal, Turisas, Turisas2013, Viking metal
Finnish battle metallers Turisas will return to North America this spring with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) Korpiklaani for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour! Some of the finest names in pagan metal, Chthonic (Taiwan), Varg (Germany) and Winterhymn (USA), will also be joining the two titans on the road for this year’s crusade. See inside for all confirmed dates. (more…)
Tags: Amon Amarth, Amon Amarth set list, Concerts, Death Metal, Deceiver of the Gods tour, Enslaved, Live Metal, Live photos, melodeath, melodic death metal, Skeletonwitch, The Fillmore Silver Spring, Viking metal
LIVE PHOTOS: Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Skeletonwitch
By Jeff Maki
As we started our 2014 live tour, there was no better way than to raise the black flags and set sail with Swedish Viking metal Gods Amon Amarth in Silver Spring, Md. The band has remained a constant in extreme metal, churning out solid melodeath albums roughly every other year (Oden on Our Side, 2006; Twilight of the Thunder God, 2008; Surtur Rising, 2011; Deceiver of the Gods, 2013). While some purists and diehards may claim Amon Amarth’s style has become more of a shtick–especially over the past few years—ask fans of Motorhead if they’re tired of that band’s shtick. I, however, tend to agree, as many songs, melodies and entire parts of recent albums seem almost interchangeable. Yet in the end, I don’t really care. Fans apparently don’t either. Coming off of the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and with the release of Deceiver of the Gods, you could make a strong argument that Amon Amarth was one of the breakthrough metal acts of 2013 and recently has reached the peak of its popularity. (more…)
Tags: Anders Schultz, Death Metal, death metal legends, Interviews, Odalheim, sweden, Swedish metal, Unleashed, Viking lore, Viking metal, Viking mythology
Way back in 1989, the now classic and influential subgenre of Swedish death metal was taking shape. A band called Nihilist spawned two great, long-running acts: the mighty Entombed and the pioneering Viking metal band Unleashed. Credited as the first of its kind, Unleashed looked to its forefathers for tradition and values, using Viking mythology in its lyrics, single-handedly creating another subgenre that is relevant today. More than 20 years later, Unleashed has released its 11th studio album, Odalheim, the successor to As Yggdrasil Trembles (2010). Long story short—the world came to an end with Yggdrasil, and the warriors that survived battle to build a new one on Odalheim.
Yes, this band is about as close as you can get to living, breathing, ax-wielding Vikings. So how did Unleashed start what all of us diehard metalheads know as Viking metal? Is it in their bloodlines? Did it just sound like a good idea? Well, we went all Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey in an interview with drummer Anders Schultz, looking to discover the origins of the subgenre and how it came to be … (more…)
Tags: Amon Amarth, Death Metal, melodeath, melodic death metal, Metal Blade, Odin, Ragnarök, Surtur, Surtur Rising, sweden, Swedish Death Metal, Twilight of the Thundergod, Viking lore, Viking metal, Viking mythology, Vikings
“Surtur rules the flame land of Muspelheim, a realm of fire. This realm is one of the Nine Worlds unified by the world tree, Yggdrasill, and it is home to the Fire Demons, or the Sons of Muspell.
“An ancient prophecy written by Snorri Sturluson in the first book of Prose Edda named Gylfaginning, tells of Ragnarök, a series of events signaling the end of the world. Surtur will ultimately set the world afire with his flaming sword.
“The prophecy reads:
“‘In the midst of this clash and din the heavens are rent in twain, and the sons of Muspel come riding through the opening. Surtur rides first, and before him and after him flames burning fire. He has a very good sword, which shines brighter than the sun.'”
LIVE METAL’s Jeff Maki recently spoke to guitarist Johan Söderberg, answering questions about the legend behind the band’s new album, Surtur Rising, along with the many other stories of Amon Amarth’s to share. (more…)
Tags: As Yggdrasil Trembles, Death Metal, sweden, Unleashed, Viking lore, Viking metal, Vikings
Something happens when a band signs with Nuclear Blast Records, one of the leading heavy metal record labels worldwide. It’s simple; they just get better. The label has a way of extracting the very best out of its bands, especially lately. Almost every album the label has released recently has been above and beyond expectations.
So when Swedish Viking metal band Unleashed signed and initially sat down with the label’s executives for the first time, the one-sided conversation probably went something like this: (more…)
Tags: Candlelight Records, Death Metal, Ensiferum, extreme metal, Victory Songs, Viking metal, Viking mythology
Who doesn’t like Vikings? I mean, they were known to pillage and steal, they wore cool helmets and furs and beards and had names like Erik the Red. Next to being named Mack Strong or Jack Slaughter, how awesome is it to have “the” in your name?
It may be 1000 years too late, but Vikings finally have their own heavy metal genre. Actually, the subgenre of Viking metal started in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and gained more and more of a following over the years. This subgenre is distinguishable by several factors. First, the band is from Scandinavia. It is the home of the Vikings, after all. In addition, the band must include one orchestral instrumental, have lyrics about conquering Norsemen, have some sort of choir-like part and play a fast-paced version of power metal. Victory Songs (it just sounds Viking when you think about it), the new album from Finnish metal band Ensiferum, does all that and then some. (more…)
Tags: Admiral Nobeard, Back to the Noose, Captain Crashride, Caribbean, Commodore RedRum, pirate metal, pirate ship, pirates, plank, scalawag, seven seas, Swashbuckle, Viking metal
OK, I’m not going to completely turn this into a corny pirate review, but I couldn’t resist.
Pirate metal? What will they come up with next? In this day and age, a gimmick, theme or any other such trick that your band can do will only help you in the short term. If your band can do gymnastics, heck, go for it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m getting tired of seeing bands in jeans and T-shirts onstage, jumping around like wounded ducks. I’m all about showmanship, theatrics and great music. With all this stowed away in the cargo hold of its vessel, it seems that under black sail, Swashbuckle has arrived to pillage and plunder clubs (and Red Lobsters, according to the band bio) across U.S shores. (more…)
Tags: battle metal, Death Metal, Ex Deo, extreme metal, history, JF Dagenais, kataklysm, kataklysm side project, Maurizio Iacono, nuclear blast, pagan, Roman Empire, Romulus, symphonic metal, Viking metal
“The Roman Empire will rise again … and with the blood of our enemies, we shall paint the walls of Rome”—that’s the tagline for Romulus, the debut album by Ex Deo, a new death metal metal band conceived by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono. “Battle metal,” anyone?
Completing the band are his Kataklysm bandmates, guitarist J-F Dagenais, bassist Stephane Barbe and drummer Max Duhamel, along with Francois Mongrain (Martyr) and Jonathan Leduc (Blackguard). Also guesting on Romulus are Nile’s Karl Sanders, Behemoth vocalist Nergal and Obsidian C. of Keeps of Kalessin. (more…)
Tags: Amon Amarth, Death Metal, Johan Hegg, Metal Blade, Twilight of the Thundergod, Viking metal, Viking mythology, Vikings
When Unleashed proclaimed that “The Longships are Coming” who knew they had foreseen a future of battle metal warriors, paying tribute to the ancient gods, otherwise known as Viking metal. Who better to wield the bloody battle axe and wave the victory flags than Sweden’s Amon Amarth, leading a musical movement they helped to forge and create.
Twilight of the Thunder God has all of what you’d expect of Amon Amarth. (more…)
Tags: Bavaria, Equilibrium, folk, Germany, Helge Stang, Interviews, mythology, nuclear blast, pagan, polka, Sagas, Viking metal
During the last decade, there has been a rising force in extreme metal, unknown to many. Tapping influences from ancient heritage, mythology and folklore, and combining them with symphonic elements, galloping rhythms and a wide spectrum of musical instruments, a newer crop of bands such as Primordial (Ireland, 1993), Ensiferum (Finland, 1995), Finntroll (Finland, 1997), Turisas (Finland, 1997), Eluveitie (Switzerland, 2002) and Korpiklaani (Finland, 2003) have blazed a fiery trail for the future of extreme metal. The sub-genre has been dubbed pagan or Viking metal by it’s loyal followers, and has even led to the successful Paganfest tour and Pagan Fire, a CD compilation from Nuclear Blast showcasing the strongest of these pagan-warriors.
Enter Equilibrium. Hailing from Bavaria, Germany, the band was put together to play only one show at a church in 2001 (How ironic is that?), but after a great response and a grassroots campaign led by their fans, the band marched on and has released their second album and first for Nuclear Blast, Sagas (review). Though there are many parts of the disc that will have the listener imagining a Viking longship crashing through icy waters on its way to pillage and conquer a foreign land, the epic metal of Equilibrium goes deeper than that. As he explains in this interview with Live-Metal.net’s Jeff Maki, lead vocalist Helge Stang prefers the term “world metal” over Viking, folk, pagan or anything else. Stang gives us in-depth background on the new album, the formation of the band, and above all else, why Equilibrium is about to party down Bavarian style. So raise your drinking horns along with ’em! What else would you expect from a band that hails from the land of Oktoberfest? (more…)
Tags: battle metal, Finland, folk metal, Medieval, mythology, Nordic, The Varangian Way, Turisas, Viking, Viking metal
Ever wonder what Medieval Times would sound like with a heavy metal soundtrack? Well, now we have our answer in Finnish metal band Turisas. With trumpets, violins and more sorcery references than a game of Magic: The Gathering, this a gloriously bombastic and totally ridiculous record. (more…)