“The Great Heathen Army”the twelfth studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal bands AMON AMARTHwill arrive on August 5 via metal blade. The LP was recorded with the famous British producer Andy Snapwho has already worked with the group on 2013 “He who betrayed the gods” and 2016 “Jomsviking” scrapbooks.
Addressing the “Fantasy” podcast about the writing and recording process for “The Great Heathen Army”, AMON AMARTH guitarist Olavi Mikkonen said, “We really had no plans to make an album. We kind of felt like we had to. But every time we started writing, it was like a normal [writing session] for us. And then we recorded in England — we recorded with Andy Snap. Obviously there were still pandemic issues, but it didn’t really affect… He has a studio on a farm, and we all lived on the farm as well. So we sort of isolated ourselves there. Because we didn’t really want to have the virus there. If someone gets it, we have to postpone the registration for a month or whatever. So we stayed a little stuck between us. And that was pretty cool, because it’s really creative.”
Olavi went on to say that Snap “did a monster job” on “The Great Heathen Army”. “He was kind of working around the clock,” he said. “Because we’ve all taken different turns [recording]. i am a morning [person]. I did the morning shifts, so to speak, and then Ted [Lundström, bass] Where Johan Soderberg [guitar] did the day shift. And in the evening John Hegg [vocals] was singing. Yeah, that was really cool.”
Elaborate on AMON AMARTHworking relationship with Snap, Mikkonen said: “What really helps is that we really like him as a person, and he really likes us too. And he likes our band too. He’s not really into death metal usually , but for some reason he really likes us. And that makes a huge difference. When you honestly like something… Obviously with money you can buy whatever producer you want, but if you do really because you really believe in it, that’s a huge difference. And that’s what’s amazing with Andy. But he’s also an incredible engineer and producer when it comes to sounds. He knows everything about amps or pedals or whatever – he’s just amazing at it. But he is also a great musician himself. So that really helps too.”
Last February, AMON AMARTH released a standalone single, “Put Your Back in Rowing”, an ode to the Vikings. The track was recorded and mixed in January 2021 at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden with the producer Jens Bogren and was made available through the band’s own label Victorious Music.
The “Put Your Back in Rowing” the video was shot in England over three days in October 2021. The atmospheric and cinematic clip was produced by V twin and led by Ryan MackFall at Crashburn Media.
AMON AMARTH will team up with MACHINE HEAD for the “Vikings and Lionhearts” co-headlining the European Arena Tour in September and October. A North American tour with CARCASS, OBITUARY and LIVESTOCK DECAPITATION will follow in November and December.
AMON AMARTHthe last album of, “Berserker”was released in May 2019 via Metal blade discs. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with the producer Jay Rustonwho has worked with ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, URIAH HEEP and ACID STONE.
AMON AMARTH enlisted a studio drummer, Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY, CUT), during the recording sessions of the 2016s “Jomsviking”following the departure of longtime drummer Frederic Andersson. The group tapped OCTOBER TIDE drummer Jocke Wallgren as Anderssonhis permanent replacement six years ago.
AMON AMARTH stand tall and unassailable: 30 years into a career that has seen them evolve from humble beginnings in the dark, damp rehearsal rooms of their native Tumba to their current status as explosive festival headliners and one of the bands the most adored in the metal world.
Established in 1992, AMON AMARTH became modern metal greats the hard way. Ruthlessly dedicated to creating new music and releasing it on the road, the Swedes gradually built up a formidable reputation as a fierce live band, and over the years they also gained more and more recognition for their recorded accomplishments. Since the dawn of the millennium, AMON AMARTH was unstoppable.
Revolutionary releases like those of 2006 “With Oden on our side” and its now legendary sequel, 2008 “Twilight of the Thunder God” further cemented their popularity in the metal world, as the band’s stage spectacle evolved with each successive tour, morphing into one of modern metal’s truly great shows. “Berserker” brought with him an epic and historic trek across North America with fellow Swedes SWORN ENEMY, TO DOORS and GREAT MAGE and has seen several sales.