Viking Karaoke??? I kid you not!
Veteran Nordic metal masters, Amon Amarth are set to release their 8th studio album later this month, with a spring tour across the U.S. to follow. In honor of their new album, Surtur Rising, Amon Amarth will play two complete sets each night. One will feature the entire Surtur Rising disc, and the second, classic AA material, and as guitarist Olavi Mikkonen promises us, a few wild cards from their extensive catalog thrown in as well. This is the year for American fans to see them. You may never again get so much Amon Amarth in one show, and who knows when the boys will get stateside again. Read more about the tour and dates here.
After the U.S. tour the band plans to do dates around the globe this spring and fall, taking the summer off before hitting the road again. The band has chosen to skip the usual slate of summer festival dates this year, but their summer 2012 will see them once again making those rounds.
The new record draws it’s theme and name from Norse mythology and Surtur, the leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim, and the oldest being in the nine worlds. Surtur battles his mythological foe, Frej. The band has previously done album’s in tribute to Odin and Thor.
Surtur Rising sees the band continue to move away from their death metal roots and become more of a traditional metal band; though still downtuned and growling all the way. The record is the band’s most brutal to date, and U.S. fans can get their ears on it March 29th on Metal Blade Records. Various special editions include bonus track covers from KISS, Accept or System of a Down.
This afternoon, Metalholic had the opportunity to chat with founding member and guitarist Olavi Mikkonen. Olavi filled us in on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, the new album, the upcoming U.S. tour, doing metal karaoke in Japan, and the difference in various fans and concert goers around the world.