As previously announced, today Amon Amarth unveils the first of their special three-part mini documentary titled 'Forging Mjölnir'. Filmed and directed by Luke Daley, the up-close-and-personal clip - which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork - celebrates the imminent release of the band's ninth studio offering, 'Deceiver Of The Gods'.
Watch the six-and-a-half minute segment where vocalist Johan Hegg and bassist Ted Lundström elaborate on the mythological themes found within their latest epic at the bottom of this page.
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Not many bands can claim their ninth album as the most powerful, dynamic, and plainly aggressive of their career, but then Amon Amarth have consistently upped their game with every successive release. Having exploded onto the Swedish melodic death Metal scene with 1998s 'Once Sent From The Golden Hall', every album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology.
'Deceiver Of The Gods' captures the quintet at the peak of their powers. "Every time we start working on new music we begin with the idea that we're going to write the best album ever," Hegg states. "We knew we wanted a more aggressive, live feeling to this record but there's no formula behind what we do. We just try to write something that takes us a step further than the last record, and is something that will excite us and our fans. 'Deceiver Of The Gods' is the result."
For proof, sample fourth track, "Shape Shifter" now streaming here.
'Deceiver Of The Gods' was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The follow-up to the band's critically adored 2011 'Surtur Rising' full-length offers up ten maniacally heavy battle hymns rife with the band's absorbing harmonies and Hegg's commanding Viking roar.
'Deceiver Of The Gods' comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki ad Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, 'Hel'.
For special 'Deceiver Of The Gods' preorder packages as well as a stream of the title track, go to http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth. 'Deceiver Of The Gods' will be released in North America via Metal Blade in the UK on June 24th.
AMON AMARTH Summer 2013 European Festival Tour:
06/01 Forta Rock Festival ˆ Nijmegen, NL
06/06 Sweden Rock Festival ˆ Solvesborg, SE
06/07 Rock Am Ring ˆ Nurburgring, DE
06/08 Sonisphere ˆ Sonisphere, FR
06/09 Rock Im Park ˆ Nurenberg, DE
06/11 MeetFactory ˆ Prauge, CZ
06/12 Eter Club ˆ Wroclaw, PL
06/14 Copenhell ˆ Copenhagen, DK
06/15 Noval Rock ˆ Nickelsdorf, AT
06/16 Download Festival ˆ Donington, UK
06/21 Nummirock ˆ Nummijarvi, FI