Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following update:
"2008 has been one hell of a year for AMON AMARTH. The year has been filled with one exciting event after another.
"We started the year with our first-ever Australia/New Zealand tour — one more continent conquered. It was great to finally meet some of our Australian and New Zealand fans and experience an authentic Aussie barbie.
"Our new album, 'Twilight of the Thunder God', was a tremendous success. Not only debuting #48 on the U.S. Billboard [chart], #10 and #11 in Finland and Sweden as well as an amazing #6 in Germany! But also being part of the top 10 of many albums-of-the-year lists.
"We had a very successful North American tour with ENSIFERUM, BELPHEGOR and THE ABSENCE in early fall. We're looking forward to heading back across the ocean for another tour in 2009.
"It's impossible to talk about 2008 without mentioning 'Unholy Alliance Tour: Chapter III'. It's been a great honor to share the stage with our heroes, SLAYER.
"We ended the year with a bang. 'Bloodshed over Bochum' was more successful than we expected. Four sold-out shows with fans coming from all corners of the world. Four memorable nights and a hell of a way to spend New Year's Eve surrounded by friends and fans, thank you all!
"2009 is already filling up with plans...
"After a well-deserved vacation, we'll be heading out on the road again. Begining with a short tour in Spain and playing for the very first time in Russia. The European tour with OBITUARY, LEGION OF THE DAMNED and KEEP OF KALESSIN is set for March and a number of summer festival appearances have been confirmed. We are going to be busy and we like it that way.
"A huge thank you to our all of our amazing fans. Without your support, we would've never been able to have such a successful year and would've never come this far.
Hope to see you at at least one of our shows or festival appearances."
Fan-filmed video footage of AMON AMARTH performing the song "Pursuit of Vikings" live on December 31, 2008 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany can be viewed below.