AMON AMARTH Extends Contract With METAL BLADE RECORDS

AMON AMARTH, the Swedish metal band that has taken the world by storm with their brand of intense and melodic Viking-influenced music, has just renewed their contract with Metal Blade Records. The three-album, worldwide deal will kick off with the band's follow-up release to 2006's highly praised "With Oden on Our Side", which the band is currently hard at work writing. "The plan is to return to Fascination Street Studios in May to record the new album, once again working with Jens Bogren as engineer and producer," states the band. There will be more details to come in the following weeks and months so stay tuned for more updates from the band.

Here is what the band has to say in regards to extending their contact with Metal Blade Records: "After 11 years with the same label we have grown into a relationship that easily could go by the term 'family.' We had their support, confidence and commitment from the start and it has only got stronger for each year that passed. We are proud and happy to continue this amazing journey together with Metal Blade for many years to come, this has just begun."

Metal Blade Records owner and CEO Brian Slagel comments: "We are very happy to continue our great relationship with AMON AMARTH. They have been part of the Metal Blade family for a long time and we look forward to many more years with them."

AMON AMARTH has recently returned home from an extensive world tour including their first-ever headlining U.S. tour, where the band played several shows to sellout crowds. AMON AMARTH also achieved gold record sales awards in both the U.S. and Canada for their three-disc DVD "Wrath of the Norsemen", which features footage from a show in Cologne from 2005 filmed with 11 cameras, professionally filmed shows from Summer Breeze 2005, the Metal Blade Rrroooaaarrr 2005, Wacken Open Air 2004 and the release show for Fates Of Norns in Ludwigsburg (Germany) in 2004.

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