New AMON AMARTH Song "Raven's Flight" Is Everything You'd Hoped For; New Album, Berserker Announced
Amon Amarth have made it official. Their highly anticipated new album, Berserker, will be out May 3 via Metal Blade Records. The album was produced by Jay Ruston.
Today, Amon have released their first single, "Raven's Flight" and it is everything you can hope for in an Amon Amarth song. Take a listen:
The Berserker cover art looks pretty awesome too.
Speaking of the album, Johan Hegg commented "The previous album was a concept album, but we didn't want to get into a situation where every album has to be a concept record, so this is different. We wanted to step away from that and look at being a little bit more diverse, with the lyrics and everything else. I got ideas from lots of different things, from history stuff and mythological sources. Sometimes you just get something in your head and there doesn't have to be a bigger meaning behind it — sometimes it's just a great metal lyric that fits with a great metal song. And these are fucking great metal songs.
"For me, this is Amon Amarth 2.0. I think what we've done here is give ourselves the space to explore other parts of our musicality and who we are as a band. If you're content with where you're at, what's the point of continuing? We always want to come up with new ideas and find new ways of doing things and to create bigger and better shows and really try to improve every aspect of what the band is. We want to try to keep growing and to do this for as long as we have the possibility to do so, because this is the best fucking job in the world."
We talked to Johan and Olavi when they sat in on the Metal Injection Livecast a few weeks back, and we hung out for an hour and were all around awesome dudes. They danced around the topic of the new album, their upcoming tours and living in LA while recording. A great listen worth checking out.
Amon Amarth is heading out with Slayer, Lamb of God and Cannibal Corpse on Slayer's final North American run of dates this May and we're giving away a pair of tickets to each stop of the tour. Enter below. Here are the dates:
May 2 Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
May 3 Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
May 5 UTEP/Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX
May 7 Bert Ogden Arena, Edinburg, TX
May 8 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Dallas, TX
May 10 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
May 11 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida
May 13 Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WVa
May 14 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
May 16 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, IN
May 17 Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS
May 19 DTE Energy Mush Center, Clarkston, MI
May 20 Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH
May 22 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON CANADA
May 24 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
May 25 Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA