Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH are spending a week in "a cabin in the woods" writing and rehearsing material for their next album, tentatively due in early 2016.
AMON AMARTH has not yet announced a replacement for drummer Fredrik Andersson, who left the band in March after 17 years.
Asked if recording new albums has become less important for AMON AMARTH than touring, bassist Ted Lundström told Metal Rules: "No. I mean, you need to make albums to be able to tour. 'Cause if you don't come out with new albums, you can't go on tour that much. But today, with the business, the music industry, basically, you really have to tour to keep the band running financially. And we love to tour. We don't mind touring a lot. As soon as we're done with an album, we're looking forward to a year and a half, two years of touring."
He continued: "When we have time off, we have real time off, since we don't have any normal 9-to-5 jobs anymore. So when you're actually home, you can relax more. But we're on the road pretty much all the time."
AMON AMARTH's latest album, 2013's "Deceiver Of The Gods", sold around 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, United Kingdom, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (OPETH, MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE).
Going to a cabin in the woods w the guys this week to write and rehearse. Could be very productive or very frustrating! :-) @AmonAmarthBand— Johan Hegg (@AmonJohan) August 17, 2015