Karma E. Omowale of FourteenG metal webzine conducted an interview with bassist Ted Lundström of Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH on October 13, 2008 at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. Listen to the chat at this location.
AMON AMARTH's seventh full-length album, "Twilight of the Thunder God", sold more than 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"I think we were all actually kind of surprised we'd reached that high," frontman Johan Hegg told MTV News. "We're happy we did, and I think one of the key elements that contributed to [the high debut], obviously, is building a fanbase. That's what we've been doing all these years as we've steadily grown as a band. The fact that we've had a couple of successful tours in the U.S. has helped, and the fact that this record actually is really good didn't hurt."
"Twilight of the Thunder God" was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden and 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 "Twilight of the Thunder God" 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.