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Amon Amarth new album 'Jomsviking' smashes charts around the world; set to kick off victorious North American headlining tour tomorrow
Sweden's Amon Amarth have been steadily gathering strength and fans over the years, culminating with the stunning performance of the new album Jomsviking on global sales charts this week:
USA Current Album Chart: #11
USA Billboard Top 200: #19
Jomsviking - the band's first concept record in their storied career - tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit amonamarth.com, where the record is available in various formats, and the videos for "At Dawn's First Light" and "First Kill" can be viewed.
Read on for some reviews of Amon Amarth's acclaimed new album:
"'Jomsviking' is sure to satisfy Amon Amarth fans old and new and sure to rip the face off of any who are not ready." - MetalSucks.net (USA) (4.5/5)
"This latest venture through Norse mythology and barbaric fantasy is likely to go down as an instant fan favorite." - Blabbermouth.net (USA) (8.5/10)
"...the Swedish outfit has returned with a concept record of epic proportions." - PopMatters.com (USA)
"After all the best axes are still being forged by the master!" - Metal Hammer (Germany)
"...you are left with no doubt that Amon Amarth are at the top of their game right now. This is splendid." - Powerplay (UK) (9/10)
"...this is killer business as usual..." - Metal Hammer (UK)
"This album is a genuinely impressive piece of work. Whether you like Vikings or not, this is a brilliant death metal record from a brilliant death metal band." - Musicology (UK) (8/10)
Tomorrow (April 7th), Amon Amarth will kick off their headlining North American tour with fellow Swedes Entombed A.D. and young USA metal upstarts Exmortus. Tickets are available now at amonamarth.com; see below for all dates.
Amon Amarth tour dates w/ Entombed A.D., Exmortus Apr. 7 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues Apr. 8 - Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom Apr. 9 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls Apr. 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater Apr. 12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues Apr. 13 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater Apr. 15 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Apr. 16 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues Apr. 17 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Apr. 18 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Apr. 20 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Apr. 21 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Apr. 22 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre Apr. 23 - Boston, MA - House of Blues Apr. 25 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall Apr. 26 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Apr. 28 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Apr. 29 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis Apr. 30 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth May 1 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues May 2 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews May 4 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant May 5 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre May 6 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theater May 7 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theater May 9 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium May 10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater May 12 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick May 13 - Saskatoon, SK - O'Brian's Event Centre May 14 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom May 16 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore May 17 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market May 18 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater May 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield May 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Theater
Amon Amarth line-up: Johan Hegg - Vocals Ted Lundstrom - Bass Johan Soderberg - Guitar Olavi Mikkonen - Guitar
CRY OF THE WOLF MAGAZINE Interview With FRANKIE BANALI Of QUIET RIOT
QUIET RIOT was not the first band that got me into heavy metal. I was already well entrenched in the power and the glory of bands like Sabbath, Saxon, and Dio. But for an impressionable youth the constant nagging from the "cool" kids at school about how lame metal was became very bothersome. Cliched white sneaker wearing future lawyers were constantly picking on me and my metal head friends. QUIET RIOT one day came on the radio and changed all that. Like an asteroid hitting the dinosaurs they wiped away all the so called un coolness about metal and made it mainstream. Suddenly all the jocks were "banging" their heads to songs like "Metal Health", And "slick Black Cadillac". So years later after the heavy smoke has cleared I got the chance to speak with one of the key architects of QUIET RIOT, Mr. Frankie Banali. They are about to release ROAD RAGE on Frontiers Records and it so…
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
KATATONIA, HammerFall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, Circuit Of Suns, And MANY MORE TBA!!!
Sat, April 22, 2017Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
$45.00 - $50.00Tickets
This event is all agesNew England Metal & Hardcore Festival ***2-DAY PASS** Available Here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1394330http://www.thepalladium.net/event/1394344/
Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
As a young proto-metalhead living in the hard streets of Riverside, Rhode Island we would all gather at whoever had the latest vinyl release and rock out for hours. Discussing techniques, listening to lyrics, guitar solos. The best albums offered up energy at its purest form. It transmitted from the vinyl grooves right into our little teenage brains. You could literally feel what the band or artist was trying to convey.
Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
Another great sign of a good, solid album is that you can list…