Amon Amarth Premiere “Get In The Ring” Music Video

Amon Amarth have premiered a new video for their new song “Get In The Ring.” The track was written for AEW’s Erick Redbeard, who also stars in the clip. The song will also appear on the band’s new album, “The Great Heathen Army,” which is set to be released on August 5.

Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen said the following about the song:

“I really like “Get In The Ring” which was written for our friend Erick Redbeard the pro wrestler as an “entrance” song for him. The lyrics are obviously written to fit both Viking and wrestling themes, and you can also see Erick as the lead character in the new video for the song. We shot the video in Wroclaw, Poland with our friends Grupa 13 and they helped us create this dark and epic Mad Max meets Viking underground super brutal fight club for the video clip.”

Vocalist Johan Hegg also commented on the album:

“Overall ‘The Great Heathen Army’ is one of the heavier albums we’ve made. There are some dark and heavy songs that are really powerful and in-your-face, but we obviously have some trademark melodic Amon Amarth songs on there as well, and a few surprises too. It’s a really well-balanced album. It sounds great. Andy Sneap is awesome. It was great to be able to work with him again.”

Mikkonen added:

“We’ve been away making new music and we’re back with new darker, more death-metal sounding album. If “Berserker” was our “heavy metal” album, then The Great Heathen Army is our “death metal” album. But with that said, it’s still very much contemporary Amon Amarth, but perhaps style-wise we have gone back to our roots a little bit.”

“The Great Heathen Army” Track Listing:

01. “Get In The Ring”
02. “The Great Heathen Army”
03. “Heidrun”
04. “Oden Owns You All”
05. “Find A Way Or Make One”
06. “Dawn Of Norsemen”
07. “Saxons And Vikings”
08. “Skagul Rides With Me”
09. “The Serpent’s Trail”

Amon Amarth Tease New Song

Amon Amarth will be releasing a new song on June 2. You can find a teaser for the track below. This news follows rumors that seem to suggest that the band will be releasing a new album, titled “The Great Heathen Army,” on August 5.

Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg And His Wife Take In Ukrainian Refugees

Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg and his wife Maria have welcomed some Ukrainian refugees to stay with them amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. On top of that, the frontman and his bandmates have also launched an auction to help raise money for other refugees.

Hegg said the about taking in refugees during an appearance on Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn’s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast:

“Obviously what’s happening in Ukraine is horrible. We have two Ukrainian women and their children living with us. A lot of people in Sweden are doing that. It needs to be done. Over 10 million people in Ukraine are refugees, and almost four million of them are refugees in Europe now. So, obviously, they need somewhere to stay.”

He continued:

“Fortunately for us, and for them — mostly for them, but also for us — because there are stories where people are very traumatized who come to live with people, and it is difficult. But fortunately for the people living here, they didn’t experience too much on that; apparently, they got out in time. They’re from Kyiv. But they have both a place outside Kyiv, in the countryside, and an apartment in Kyiv. So, at the moment, it’s the mother and grandmother of two children that are here, but the husband of the mother of the children is still in Ukraine, which, obviously, is difficult for them. I think he’s a farmer, so I think actually he’s trying to farm the land so that they can produce food, which is also important, obviously. But every once in a while, you can tell that the mood is going down and they’re affected by it. But they’re doing a good job of trying to keep a positive attitude, which I’m really impressed about.”

He added that him and his wife just want to do what they can to help:

“We just imagine what it would be like to have to leave everything behind yourself — live from a suitcase, basically, and depend on other people to help you. It must be horrible.”

Hegg also commented on the auction:

“Obviously, it’s terrible. It’s the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. But we also feel that it’s important not to forget that there are other warzones in the world with loads of refugees. So we decided that we would donate the proceeds [from the auction] to the UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees], which is the UN refugee program, and then Doctors Without Borders [which brings desperately needed medical care to crises around the globe and pioneers modern-day humanitarian aid]. But also since my wife especially, but also me, we’re big animal lovers, we decided to donate to the international fund for animal welfare. Especially for the situation in Ukraine, where a lot of pets and farm animals are suffering right now and they also need our help. Because have pets, and they’re family members to us. It must be devastating to have to leave your pets behind. So hopefully that money can help someone be reunited with a dog or a cat. It’s just stuff lying, collecting dust right here. So if we can make someone happy and we can collect some money to give away to charity, that’s awesome.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Amon Amarth Premiere “Put Your Back Into The Oar” Music Video

Amon Amarth have premiered a new video for their new song “Put Your Back Into The Oar.” You can check that out below and purchase a limited edition 12″ picture disc HERE. The band commented:

“We’ve been quiet over the last 2 years, but we’ve been at home in Sweden hard at work behind the scenes. Much has been said about fans coming to our shows to have fun and doing the ‘epic Viking row’. Well we thought it was a good idea to write a song about it! This one is for you, the fans, wherever you are – and may Odin guide you as you row to your destiny in uncharted seas! Enjoy the song and video while we continue to work on a new album. We can’t wait to see all you heathens soon.”

Amon Amarth & Machine Head Announce Co-Headlining European/UK Tour

Amon Amarth and Machine Head have booked a co-headlining European/UK tour for next year. The Halo Effect (ex-In Flames) will open.

Tour Dates:

09/08 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
09/09 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
09/10 London, UK – The SSE Arena
09/12 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
09/13 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
09/16 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
09/17 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
09/18 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
09/20 Tallinn, EST – Saku Arena
09/21 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
09/23 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
09/24 Stockholm, SWE – Hovet
09/26 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum Black Box
09/27 Hamburg, GER – Barclays Arena
09/28 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
09/30 Oberhausen, GER – Konig Pilsener Arena
10/01 Berlin, GER – Velodrom
10/02 Amsterdam, NET – Afas Live
10/04 Milan, ITA – Lorenzini District
10/06 Barcelona, SPA – Sant Jordi
10/07 Madrid, SPA – Vistalegre
10/08 La Coruna, SPA – Coliseum
10/09 Lisbon, POR – Campo Pequeno
10/12 Paris, FRA – Zenith
10/14 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
10/15 Leipzig, GER – Arena
10/16 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
10/18 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
10/20 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
10/21 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
10/22 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle

Amon Amarth’s Johgan Hegg commented:

“Vikings, we are called to raid again! They said it couldn’t be done, but epic measures must be taken in these turbulent times. Amon Amarth is joining forces with our long-time lion-hearted friends in the almighty Machine Head to carve a path of destruction across Europe next Autumn. Your heathen souls must witness the full display of production by both bands for what will be the most monumental metal event of the year. Joining the plunder will be Sweden’s The Halo Effect who absolutely embody the spirit of the legendary Gothenburg sound. Keep an eye out for more news from us, as it’s almost time to grab your oars and row to victory. Stay safe, stay strong and raise your horns!”

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn added:

“Head Cases and Lionhearts rejoice! It is with great pleasure we announce our triumphant return to your land to crush skulls, pummel circle pits, and deplete your beer supply!! Only this time we will not be alone. That’s right. For the first time in nearly a decade Machine Head will be forgoing our usual “evenings with…” to join forces with our battle-hardened brothers in the all-powerful Amon Amarth, plus their fellow countrymen, The Halo Effect. This absolute monster of a tour will kick off Autumn 2022 and will be the most devastating night of your metal lives. So get ready to raise your fists, raise your glasses, and bang your heads with us at the heaviest tour of the year! No one can resist the pure power of this epic alliance. We are coming for you!”

Amon Amarth Release Re-Recorded Version Of “Masters Of War”

Amon Amarth have released a re-recorded version of their song “Masters Of War.” You can check that out below and purchase some new merch HERE. Johan Hegg commented:

“Celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘The Crusher’ album, we felt we wanted to re-record one of the main songs from the album and put a bit of a modern Amon Amarth touch on it. Enjoy!”

Marvel’s “Thor” Wears Amon Amarth Shirt In New Comic

Marvel‘s “Thor” can be seen wearing an Amon Amarth shirt in issue #1 of the “Heroes Reborn” series. The band posted the below photos from the comic on Twitter:

[via The PRP]

Amon Amarth Invade Iron Maiden’s “Legacy Of The Beast” Mobile Game

Amon Amarth have invaded Iron Maiden’s “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game as part of a new in-game event called “Viking Invasion.” The event kicked off today (April 13) and it will run for one month.

A press release offered more details:

“Entitled the “Viking Invasion”, the month-long event takes its broad themes from Iron Maiden‘s song, “Invaders“, from 1982’s The Number of the Beast album. Taking a page out of its own (comic) book, Legacy of the Beast created a new character and storyline borrowing from Amon Amarth‘s latest album, The Berserker.

After a spate of murderous attacks on his village, a lone Berserker vows revenge on the culprits who slaughtered his family. No stranger to battle, retribution or revenge, Eddie, Iron Maiden’s infamous mascot, leads not only the Berserker but also Norse Goddess, Freya, into battle against unrelenting waves of enemies to seek vengeance for the Berserker’s fallen kin. Are these random attacks, or is something more sinister afoot?

Find out when you meet The Berserker in the Viking Invasion Dungeon launching April 13th, 2021 at 5pm PT in Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast mobile game.

“Legacy of the Beast was built on a foundation of Iron Maiden songs, art and history, but has also always been about introducing and developing creative ideas that extended beyond Maiden,” band Manager Rod Smallwood comments, “and, just as we’ve always invited bands out to tour with us, we are delighted to invite some friends to become part of our game and to provide another dimension to the fun, dexterity and excitement of it.”

In Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, metal and RPG gaming fans take on the role of the band’s iconic mascot, Eddie, who travels through time, across a spectacularly diverse array of worlds in captivating 3D environments. Eddie appears in many forms, each a part of Iron Maiden‘s rich history, and each with a set of special powers and abilities.

Amon Amarth‘s lead vocalist & Viking-in-chief Johan Hegg explains, “To have our own character in the Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast game is just insanely cool! And such an honor. We hope everyone will enjoy our humble contribution to this awesome game!”

Players can earn the Berserker character for free From April 13th – May 12th, 2021.”

Ex-Amon Amarth Drummer Fredrik Andersson Issues Public Apology To His Former Bandmates

Fredrik Andersson has shared what is said to be his “final post” regarding his departure from Amon Amarth. The statement finds the drummer apologizing to his former bandmates and fans “for the grievance [he has] caused fighting a lost case.”

Andersson said the following:

“This will be my final post on the Amon Amarth issue, and it’s a positive one for me as I have come to a realization. I wrote to the members (got no reply) but want to close the book also publicly.

As Einstein said, if you expect a different result you have to try a different approach.

And for the longest time I expected the guys would change their minds or regret their decision. I have now come to terms that they won’t.

They already made up their minds that they are right and are hell-bent on their position. It’s pointless to try to change their minds.

Backstory: After ”The Avenger” we had a deal that we would share everything equally. We shared all money equally so that it would never be a fight about who would have their songs on the album (on the avenger the split was 100% music to Olli and 100% lyrics to Hegg)

The idea was that the best material would always end up on the albums no matter who wrote it. Unfortunately most (not all) of my riffs and ideas were rejected, but with this deal it didn’t matter so much to me, and they were obviously rejected cause they were not good enough.

Five years ago, after a year of fighting about royalty shares, publishing, rights and them asking for a non-disclosure, we sat down with our lawyers trying to come to an agreement. I tried to claim my 20%, but I could not prove which songs I had actually written – the drums are not legally part of the music -hence I lost my share of the rights and had my name removed as songwriter.

They did offer me to keep my share of the songs I had written riffs for but being so few I told them to keep them too. I don’t regret that, but I have to confess I never expected them to actually go through with removing me. They did.

Why I felt entitled to my share: I was never ”hired”, I was asked to join the band when there was no income. There was no business. In fact the first five or so years in the band there was no income. The years 1999-2008 my average yearly income was $15000/year due to low income and lost income from my day-job because of time off for tours etc. No one in the band made big cash. This was the reason we could not record fate of norns together as a band; no one of us could afford to take three weeks off from work if we wanted to also tour on the album.

In 2007 we registerred our business, and started ”making it” around 2008. (With an average $30.000 yearly income) The band progressively got bigger from there on bit we kept a rather low payout and invested alot of our earnings back into the band. One could argue that the shares I claimed would be compensation for lost income/lost pension during the early years. And one could argue that my share from those albums are pretty small compared to what the band makes now. But me and the other members obviously have different opinions about this.

Their standpoint is that we never actually said that any member would get to keep their shares of the music rights if they are no longer in the band. This is true, we never did.
We also never said we WOULDN’T get to keep the shares after a departure. This is something I assumed.

Both these facts are true, but they can’t co-exist. So, I will back down now.

At one point I will know for sure as they will have to adjust their shares too if anyone else of the four members leaves the band or when they collectively retire.

-If they don’t it will be obvious that they just wanted to rip me off of my share. But time will tell if they will get to keep their 25% each -for life- (and 70 years after death). Being the youngest I guess I’ll outlive them 🥳.

Until then, I give them the benefit of the doubt.

So, with all that being said and my final airing of the issues; I apologize to the members and to the fans for the grievance I have caused fighting a lost case. It was wrong of me to assume I should get to keep my share.

I’m now closing the book and I wish the band a continued great success.

Please remember that my anger was never about losing my spot in the band, that has never been the case. I’m glad to not be in the band anymore, and I will gladly never be a part of it again. (Sorry to any fans wanting otherwise, but I think Jocke deserves all the attention he gets and I wish him all the best!)

I’m only disappointed it ended the way it did, and realize it could have ended differently if I had admitted being wrong earlier. Albeit that would’ve been to an even greater economic loss for me.

I will not, however, apologize for calling Johan Hegg a liar. The things he said about me in Sweden Rock Magazine are not true, and he has yet to apologize to me about it.

Peace out”