Amon Amarth launches new video for “The Way of Vikings”, directed by Grupa 13

– July 13th, 2017 –

Set to kick off worldwide summer tour tomorrow (July 14)

After releasing the visually stunning videos for “First Kill” (youtu.be/qw5G6fF-wqQ) and “At Dawn’s First Light” (youtu.be/h6-krHfdmGg) last year, in support of their latest album, Jomsviking, Amon Amarth is now ready to debut a new video from the record: “The Way Of Vikings” – which was once again directed by Grupa 13 (grupa13.com). To watch the video – featuring the full band as Peaky Blinders inspired characters at a brutal underground gambling hall and boxing match – please visit: facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth – where the video will be streaming live at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 8pm CEST. Fans can also view “The Way Of Vikings” now at: youtube.com/watch?v=55OJ17cHeJA

Starting tomorrow (July 14), Amon Amarth will head back out on the road for their worldwide summer tour, which includes an appearance at the renowned Chicago Open Air on July 16. See below for all dates!

Amon Amarth tour dates
July 14 – Gavle, Sweden – Gefle Metal Festival
July 16 – Chicago, USA – Chicago Open Air
July 25 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metaldays Festival
July 27 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Theatre Club
July 29 – Istanbul, Turkey – Rock Off Festival
Aug. 2 – Vienna, Austria – Jolly Roger Festival
Aug. 4 – Kostrzyn nad Odra, Poland – Przystanek Woodstock
Aug. 5 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
Aug. 6 – Colmar, France – Foire Aux Vins
Aug. 7 – Majano (Udine), Italy – City Festival
Aug. 9 – Villena, Spain – Leyendas Del Rock
Aug. 11 – Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
Aug. 12 – Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Into The Grave
Aug. 13 – Kortrijk, Belgium – Alcatraz Festival
Aug. 17 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – Summer Breeze
Aug. 18 – Moravsky Krumlov, Czech Republic – Rock Heart Festival
Aug. 19 – Zvolen, Slovakia – More Than Fest
Aug. 21 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Earshaker Day
Aug. 23 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra Open Air Show
Aug. 25 – Giessen, Germany – Kultursommer
Aug. 26 – Sulingen, Germany – Reload Festival
Aug. 28 – Kiev, Russia – Sentrum
Aug. 29 – Minsk, Russia – Re:Public
Aug. 30 – St. Petersburg, Russia – A2
Aug. 31 – Krasnodar, Russia – Arena Hall
Sept. 2 – Yekaterinburg, Russia – Tele Club
Sept. 4 – Samara, Russia – Zvezda
Sept. 5 – Moscow, Russia – Yotaspace

As the band’s first concept record in their storied career, Jomsviking tells a tragic, original tale of conflict and revenge, backed by the Swedes’ trademark melodic, anthemic metal – which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Accept). For their efforts, Amon Amarth landed on the global charts (including a #11 spot on the USA Current Album Billboard Chart!). To purchase and preview Jomsviking, please visit amonamarth.com

Read on for some reviews of Jomsviking:

“‘Jomsviking‘ is sure to satisfy Amon Amarth fans old and new and sure to rip the face off of any who are not ready.”MetalSucks.net (USA) (4.5/5)

“This latest venture through Norse mythology and barbaric fantasy is likely to go down as an instant fan favorite.”Blabbermouth.net (USA) (8.5/10)

“…the Swedish outfit has returned with a concept record of epic proportions.”PopMatters.com (USA)

“After all the best axes are still being forged by the master!”Metal Hammer (Germany)

“…you are left with no doubt that Amon Amarth are at the top of their game right now. This is splendid.”Powerplay (UK) (9/10)

“…this is killer business as usual…”Metal Hammer (UK)

“This album is a genuinely impressive piece of work. Whether you like Vikings or not, this is a brilliant death metal record from a brilliant death metal band.”Musicology (UK) (8/10)

Amon Amarth line-up:
Johan Hegg – Vocals
Ted Lundstrom – Bass
Johan Soderberg – Guitar
Olavi Mikkonen – Guitar
Jocke Wallgren – Drums

Amon Amarth online:
http://www.amonamarth.com
http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband
https://www.instagram.com/amonamarth
https://youtube.com/AmonAmarthOfficial
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Antigama Working On Album And “Depressant” EP

Antigama just checked in with this update about working on both a new album and an EP release:

“We’ve got a message for you! Antigama is still in the process of making a new album which will be recorded in early 2018. In the meantime we’re going to the studio to make a new EP!

“The session will begin next week at JNS Studio with Pawel ‘Janos’ Grabowski (who else?) on the mixing board. ‘Depressant’ – this is the name of the game. We can’t wait to show you some of our best work we’ve ever done (in our opinion of course).

“The new tracks are wickedly fast, extreme and discordant at the same time. ‘Depressant’ will be available this fall through Selfmadegod Records on CD/Vinyl/Digital formats. The gigs will follow as well. More news/reports/bits of new music in the upcoming days. Stay tuned. End of transmission.”

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Wormholedeath Signs Licensing Deal With Helvetestromb

Wormholedeath Records is proud to announce that Swedish black metal act Helvetestromb has signed a licensing deal for the worldwide release of the album “Demonic Excrements Cursed With Life.”

Helvetestromb was formed in 2010 then under the name Skoll. During a drinking binge, three of the original four members (Sebastian “Überführer ov Sadistik Violations” Messa, Tom “Grym Ejakulator” Ahlqvist and Axel “(Piss and) Shitlord” Sjöberg) contemplated over how awesome it would be to play music similar to what they loved to listen to. The idea was formed to make punk inspired black metal you’d want to bang your head and mosh to. Next day, the soon to be vocalist (Jesper “Anal Desekrator” Tennemo) was informed that he was now in a band and it was time to start rehearsing.

The following years came with a few accomplishments and some setbacks, as drummer Hjalmar “Lord Necrofleshcunt” Klitse Kyrö was in the band, but let go sometime later. After some serious issues within the band, rhythm guitarist Axel left the band in the summer of 2014. This allowed the remaining members to step up the game. In addition, the band’s sound evolved more and more adding thrash and heavy metal power surges. By the summer of 2014, the first professionally recorded tracks came out as an EP released on cassette entitled “Helvetestromb” (“Hell Tornado”).

During the recording of the first full-length album in 2016, Skoll finally changed name to Helvetestromb. The band had crystallized into a solid power-trio with a united ambition to create a shitstorm of fast, raw and punkish metal in opposition to the modern metal scene, mixing everything they love about metal into one unrelenting, leather-clad creation of blasphemy.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Tempesta di Merda (A legion of Jesus Christs)
2. Restless Satan
3. Skitberget
4. Holy Christian Airstrike
5. The Demon Bell
6. Kloakerna under Hel
7. Bog of Eternal Stench
8. Warmongo
9. Tormentive Retribution
10. Sifting Excrements (Through the Teeth)
11. Morningstar:Whore crusher

Check out the album preview clip here:

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Wormholedeath Signs Licensing Deal With Helvetestromb

Wormholedeath Records is proud to announce that Swedish black metal act Helvetestromb has signed a licensing deal for the worldwide release of the album “Demonic Excrements Cursed With Life.”

Helvetestromb was formed in 2010 then under the name Skoll. During a drinking binge, three of the original four members (Sebastian “Überführer ov Sadistik Violations” Messa, Tom “Grym Ejakulator” Ahlqvist and Axel “(Piss and) Shitlord” Sjöberg) contemplated over how awesome it would be to play music similar to what they loved to listen to. The idea was formed to make punk inspired black metal you’d want to bang your head and mosh to. Next day, the soon to be vocalist (Jesper “Anal Desekrator” Tennemo) was informed that he was now in a band and it was time to start rehearsing.

The following years came with a few accomplishments and some setbacks, as drummer Hjalmar “Lord Necrofleshcunt” Klitse Kyrö was in the band, but let go sometime later. After some serious issues within the band, rhythm guitarist Axel left the band in the summer of 2014. This allowed the remaining members to step up the game. In addition, the band’s sound evolved more and more adding thrash and heavy metal power surges. By the summer of 2014, the first professionally recorded tracks came out as an EP released on cassette entitled “Helvetestromb” (“Hell Tornado”).

During the recording of the first full-length album in 2016, Skoll finally changed name to Helvetestromb. The band had crystallized into a solid power-trio with a united ambition to create a shitstorm of fast, raw and punkish metal in opposition to the modern metal scene, mixing everything they love about metal into one unrelenting, leather-clad creation of blasphemy.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Tempesta di Merda (A legion of Jesus Christs)
2. Restless Satan
3. Skitberget
4. Holy Christian Airstrike
5. The Demon Bell
6. Kloakerna under Hel
7. Bog of Eternal Stench
8. Warmongo
9. Tormentive Retribution
10. Sifting Excrements (Through the Teeth)
11. Morningstar:Whore crusher

Check out the album preview clip here:

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Bison Machine Signs With Small Stone Records

Michigan heavy rockers Bison Machine just signed to Small Stone Records. The Hamtramck-based volume dealers have been on a this-time-it’s-personal quest to hand-deliver riffs across the country since the 2015 release of debut album, “Hoarfrost.”

Now this hungry group is ready to take the game to the next level, preparing a new album for release later this year. Bison Machine will enter Rustbelt Studios (Five Horse Johnson, Halfway to Gone, Novadriver) later this summer to record.

“It’s amazing,” enthuses Bison Machine bassist Anthony Franchina about the signing. “Small Stone has released some of my favorite records, from Sasquatch to Greenleaf to Lo-Pan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Scott [Hamilton] on our next record, which is going to completely blow away everything we’ve done before. We’ll be hitting the road too, so keep an eye out!”

“I can’t wait to hear what Bison Machine brings to this next record,” says Scott Hamilton of Small Stone Records. “They’ve been unstoppable on tour for the last couple years and I’m thrilled to welcome them into the Small Stone fold representing the next generation of great American heavy rock and roll.”

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Iron Maiden Adds “Book Of Souls” Arena To Mobile Game

Iron Maiden embarks on the final leg of “The Book of Souls” world tour this weekend, simultaneously launching a synergistic player-vs-player battle arena for the band’s mobile game, “Legacy of the Beast” (reivewed here).

The game offers players a unique way to interact with Iron Maiden’s real world activities by introducing not only a replica of one of the tour stage productions, but also the debut of “The Book of Souls” version of Shaman Eddie into the game, in his Mayan themed incarnation as featured on the band’s most recent studio album. Other characters from “The Book of Souls” are set to follow.

“Legacy of the Beast” is a definitive experience in the mobile RPG space – taking players on an unparalleled, epic, ever-expanding, strategic gaming journey via their smartphones & tablets. Iron Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood says:

“With ‘Legacy of the Beast’ we wanted to create something that appealed both to fans of Maiden music and gamers alike, wherever they are in the world, and I think we are well on our way to accomplishing that. The game has kept true to the band’s history and development not only through their music but with Eddie too. This latest feature focused around our current tour is only the start of many new and exciting innovations we have planned to keep Legacy evolving and becoming even more addictive!”

Adds Llexi Leon, Interactive Creative Director of Phantom Music Management “The towering Mayan set piece of ‘The Book of Souls’ world tour presented an ideal opportunity to expand the game and create a virtual event space to complement the band’s live show – whether you’re seeing Iron Maiden on the road or playing Legacy of the Beast on your mobile, we’ve crafted a gaming experience that explores the Mayan world of The Book of Souls record and marks the first of many timed in-game events that will enrich the band’s touring activity, engaging fans old and new across the globe in a way never before possible.”

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“Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods” Gets Revamp Update

Heavy metal bullet hell game “Metal Tales: Fury Of The Guitar Gods” (originally reviewed here) just got a major revamp update today fixing several bugs and offering some balance tweaks.

In celebration, the game is now 50% off at Steam this week, and a new teaser trailer has come online – check it out below. If you missed it, “Metal Tales” was previously covered in our ongoing look at video games with heavy metal soundtracks here.

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Accept Announces New Album, Special Wacken Show

The heavy metal pioneers from Accept just finished an extensive European tour and have announced that they are immediately back in the game with a new studio album. This record, entitled “The Rise Of Chaos,” will be unleashed on August 4th, 2017.

The band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast will continue the tradition of its three predecessors – “Blood Of The Nations,” “Stalingrad,” and “Blind Rage” – with grandeur and precision.

And if this wasn’t enough, Accept will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band’s creative power:

– Part 1 will bring fans a classic Accept set, packed with new and old hits.

– Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album “Headbangers Symphony” released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise.

– Part 3 features all elements seen and heard together: Accept will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.

Wolf Hoffmann stated: “It’s always impressive to see how bands take this evening seriously and how much love the artists and the organising team put into their work to get a varied result. It’s a great tradition which underlines and documents the top-notch level of the international rock community like nothing else. We also want to present something that Accept has never done before, we hope we can give something really special to the fans.”

Thomas Jensen, organizer of Wacken Open Air, comments: “Accept have been and are still a very important part of Germany’s heavy metal scene. We’re really looking forward to having them with us once more. With this epic concept, the Thursday evening will be one to remember for sure.”

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Megadeth Launches Browser Game For Chance To Win Prize Pack

Megadeth today unleashes “Megadeth Invasion,” a browser video game for Cyber Army fans to fight the invasion for a chance to win a “Dystopia” prize pack, including a Kiko Signature KIKOSP2 Ibanez Guitar.

Head over here to play the game (Megadeth Cyber Army fan club login required).

Made in partnership with Songkick, the Cyber Army can battle space monsters for the opportunity to win additional prizes including a “Dystopia” Deluxe VR bundle, a poster signed by Dave Mustaine, and a vinyl record. Songkick and Megadeth will choose the winner May 1st, 2017.

In other news, David Ellefson also recently opened his own brick and mortar coffee shop in Jackson, MN.

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“Quake Champions” To Enter Closed Beta This Month

Way, way back in ’96 before even “Unreal Tournament,” id Software released “Quake,” a game that put multiplayer FPS death matches on the map and featured a soundtrack by none other than Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

Now that classic FPS “Doom” received an updated version last year with a heavy metal soundtrack, “Quake” is also slated for a reboot to be titled “Quake Champions.” Based on the trailers released so far, it sounds like we can look forward to another heavy industrial soundtrack and some fast-paced fragging of friends and family!

There’s no official release date yet, but a closed Beta is set to begin April 6th, so its a good bet we’ll see the game this year and likely sooner rather than later.

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