AMON AMARTH's seventh full-length album, "Twilight of the Thunder God", has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 6. This marks the highest-ever chart entry for he band as well as its record label, Metal Blade Records.
Commented AMON AMARTH in a statement: "Germans know great beer, high-quality cars, good bratwurst and they have a good taste for music. Germany has become a home away from home for us. All thanks to our amazing fans that have shown us fantastic support and loyalty from the very start of our career. You are truly metal and true Vikings!"
"Twilight of the Thunder God" first-week chart positions so far:
United Kingdom: #126
United Kingdom: #8 (Rock & Metal)
United Kingdom: #11 (Independent)
The band's previous CD, "With Oden on our Side", debuted at No. 21 in Sweden back in 2006.
"Twilight of the Thunder God" was released in North America on September 30. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden and features "10 tracks of AMON AMARTH's menacing battle metal replete with swarming riffs and searing percussion that provides a monolithic backdrop for vocalist Johan Hegg's wracked howls and lyrics rife with Nordic mythology," according to a press release. Known for seamlessly combining the key attributes of death, black and power metal to create "fantasy-fueled sonic mayhem," AMON AMARTH (Elven-speak for "mountain of doom" in Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings") has eclipsed its previous efforts with "Twilight of the Thunder God", creating an album that places the band amongst metal's elite.
"Twilight of the Thunder God" features several high-profile guest appearances including ENTOMBED singer L.G. Petrov (on "Guardians of Asgaard"), CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Roope Latvala (who shreds a fierce solo on the track "Twilight of the Thunder God") and Finnish cello metal band APOCALYPTICA (a guest appearance on "Live For The Kill").
The video for the title track off AMON AMARTH's new album, "Twilight of the Thunder God", can be viewed below. The clip was filmed on the old Viking site, Jomsborg, home of the Jomsvikings in Wolin, Poland, with the Polish team Group 13 and director Dariusz Szermanowicz. The song features a guest appearance by CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Roope Latvala.
Check out the latest Metal Blade podcast with AMON AMARTH singer Johan Hegg at this location.