Oh Hell Yes!!!!! It’s always great news to find out that the mighty Amon Amarth will be heading to the states and doing a lengthy tour and making it a point to stop in our neck of the woods. Imagine the distress across the Metal Legions that my own city would face at such news. Not only are they bringing along Entombed A.D.and Exxmortus but they will be supporting a sure to be crushing new album entitled “Jomsviking” as well. I’ve copied the full on press release for your edification and will return with some closing thoughts at the end. Check it out.
The Press Release:
Swedish metal kings, AMON AMARTH, today confirm the details of their North American headlining tour this Spring. Set to run from April 7th through May 21st, the lengthy trek will find the band joined by fellow Swedes Entombed A.D and young USA metal upstarts Exmortus! Presale tickets are available now at AmonAmarth.com. Tickets go on sale on Friday, January 29th at 10AM local time at AmonAmarth.com.
The tour will follow the release of AMON AMARTH’s tenth studio album, Jomsviking, set for unveiling in North America via Metal Blade Records on March 25th. Jomsviking – the band’s first concept record in their storied career – tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept) and also features special guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson (Vomitory). The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings.
By far their most ambitious project to date, Jomsviking is available for preorder in various formats now at AmonAmarth.com where fans can also view the video for the album’s first single, “First Kill.” Produced by Grupa 13 and directed by Darek Szermanowicz (Behemoth), “First Kill” was filmed in Gohrweide, Germany and Warsaw, Poland and features a cinematic depiction of the violent, brutal lyrics, along with powerful live footage of the band performing with their full dragon head and pyro stage-set.
Johan Hegg will be spinning “First Kill” and his own playlist at two public appearances in New York City and Los Angeles: the NYC event will be held at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn on February 2nd at 9:00PM, while the LA event will be held at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra on February 9th at 5:00PM.
AMON AMARTH w/ Entombed A.D., Exmortus Tour Dates:
4/07/2016: House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
4/08/2016: The Pressroom – Phoenix, AZ
4/09/2016: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
4/10/2016: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
4/12/2016: House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
4/13/2016: The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
4/15/2016: House Of Blues – Houston, TX
4/16/2016: House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
4/17/2016: Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
4/18/2016: The Ritz – Tampa, FL
4/20/2016: The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
4/21/2016: The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
4/22/2016: Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY
4/23/2016: House Of Blues – Boston, MA
4/25/2016: Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/26/2016: Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
4/28/2016: Imperial – Quebec City, QC
4/29/2016: Metropolis – Montreal, QC
4/30/2016: The Danforth – Toronto, ON
5/01/2016: House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
5/02/2016: St. Andrews – Detroit, MI
5/04/2016: The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
5/05/2016: The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
5/06/2016: The Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
5/07/2016: The Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
5/09/2016: Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
5/10/2016: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
5/12/2016: The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
5/13/2016: O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
5/14/2016: MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB
5/16/2016: The Commodore – Vancouver, BC
5/17/2016: Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
5/18/2016: Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
5/20/2016: The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
5/21/2016: The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Johan Hegg – Vocals; Ted Lundström – Bass; Johan Söderberg – Guitar; Olavi Mikkonen – Guitar
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: “Oh Hell Yes!” Ooops, my apologies as I started out with that exclamation way up above. I’m sorry but I always love an Amon Amarth show since it’s so driving and heavy and provides a concert atmosphere that is rarely duplicated and once you have seen Johan taking command of the Metal hordes from up on the stage you are a fan for life and eager to catch another performance. I’ve made it a point to catch them whenever they come here to the Big Metal Apple and I look forward to seeing them destroy the stage of the Playstation Theater once more. Of course the place was called the Best Buy Theater on that last go round but I digress. I’m also looking forward to the spinning of the new “Jomsviking” album at Saint Vitus Bar because that is one cool place for sure. I don’t recall ever seeing Entombed A.D. before but have watched Exmortus smoke up the stage with riffs and I am very happy to find them as the lead off band on this package. So tell me my friends, what do you think of this tour? Fill me in down in those comments because this is one I would love to hear from you on.