Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMART have just released their twelfth studio album, “The Great Pagan Army”via Metal Blade Records. Official music video for the song “Find a way or make one” can be seen below.
AMON AMART says, “Gentiles! The time has come for the arrival of the ‘Great Gentile Army’! This record has many elements that make AMON AMART 2022, from dark and brutal death metal ‘Oden owns all of you’ to singing ‘Heidrun’ to the Biff Byford‘s incredible guest vocals ‘Saxons and Vikings’ and much more. We are ready to take this record around the world in a two-year raid and see you soon at the shows.”
Developing a video for “Find a way or make one”the band says, “We shot this video with the director Mikis Fontagnier in Frankfurt, Germany and we wanted to try something different with him. This video is our take on the style of some of our favorite videos we grew up watching as kids TWISTED SISTER‘s ‘We won’t take it’ and MOTORHEAD‘s ‘Killed by Death’. We had fun making this and it was definitely fun breaking up a stale old business office!”
In a unique partnership with Drops AR, AMON AMART has hidden five virtual trading cards in an augmented reality scavenger hunt. Each card represents a member of the band and contains an exclusive preview of a song from the new album.
Hunting takes place in WebAR, which means no app needs to be downloaded and anyone can participate. Go on a scavenger hunt here, where fans will also have the chance to enter to win an exclusive package that includes AMON AMART box set, blood red marble vinyl and music cassette.
Speaking with “phantasm” a podcast about the writing and recording process for “The Great Pagan Army”, AMON AMART guitarist Olavi Mikkonen said: “We really didn’t plan to make an album. We kind of felt we had to. But whenever we started writing, it was normal [writing session] for us. And then we shot in England — we shot with Andy Snape. Obviously there were still some problems with the pandemic, but that didn’t affect it… He has a studio on the farm, and we all lived on the farm as well. So we kind of isolated ourselves there. Because we didn’t really want to have a virus there. If someone wins, we have to postpone the shoot for a month or whatever. So we kind of stuck to ourselves. And that was cool, because it’s really creative.”
Olavi he continued to say that Snap “did a monster job” at “The Great Pagan Army”. “He worked around the clock,” he said. “Because we all changed in different ways.” [recording]. I am the morning [person]. I worked morning shifts, so to speak, and then Ted [Lundström, bass] or Johan Soderbergh [guitar] worked the day shift. And in the evening Johann Hegg [vocals] he sang. Yeah, it was really cool.”
Elaborating further AMON AMARTis in a working relationship with Snap, Mikkonen he said: “What really helps is that we really like him as a person and he likes us. And he actually likes our band. He’s not usually into death metal stuff, but for some reason he really likes us. And that makes a huge difference. When you genuinely like something… Obviously, money can buy you any producer you want, but if you actually do it because you really believe, that makes a huge difference. And that’s the amazing thing about Andy. But he’s also an amazing engineer and producer when it comes to sounds. He knows everything with amps or pedals or whatever — he’s just amazing at it. But he is a great musician himself. So that really helps too.”
Last February, AMON AMART released a solo single, “Put your back in the oar”, an ode to the epic Viking order. The song was recorded and mixed in January 2021 Fascination Street Studios in Sweden at the manufacturer Jens Bogren and was available through the band’s own label Victorious Music.
The “Put your back in the oar” the video was shot in England over three days in October 2021. The atmospheric, cinematic footage was produced by Twin V and in directing Ryan McFall at Crashburn Media.
AMON AMART will team up with MACHINE HEAD For “Vikings and Lionhearts” co-headlining a European arena tour in September and October. North American tour with CARCASS, OBITUARIES and DECAPITATION OF THE YEAR will follow in November and December.
AMON AMARTlast album “berserker”was published in May 2019 via Metal Blade Records. The disc is recorded on Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with the producer Jay Rustonwho previously worked with ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, URIAH HEEP and STONE SOUR.
AMON AMART hired a session drummer, Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITING, CUT UP), during the filming for 2016 “Jomsviking”after the departure of the longtime drummer Fredrik Andersson. The band tapped OCTOBER TIDE drummer Jocke Wallgren like Anderssonpermanent replacement six years ago.
AMON AMART stands tall and unassailable: 30 years into a career that has seen them evolve from humble origins in the dark, dank rehearsal rooms of their native Tumba to their current status as explosive festival headliners and one of the world’s most beloved metal bands.
Founded in 1992. AMON AMART became modern metal giants the hard way. Relentlessly dedicated to creating new music and taking it out on the road, the Swedes have steadily built a formidable reputation as a fierce live band and, as the years have passed, have been increasingly recognized for their recorded achievements as well. Since the dawn of the millennium, AMON AMART was unstoppable.
Revolutionary editions like 2006 “With Auden on our side” and its now legendary sequel, 2008 “Twilight of the God of Thunder” further solidified their popularity throughout the metal world, while the band’s stage performance evolved with each successive tour, turning into one of the truly great spectacles of modern metal. “berserker” he brought with him an epic, historic journey through North America with fellow Swedes ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES and GRAND MAGUS and video multiple sales.