The final segment of Amon Amarth's 'Forging Mjölnir' mini documentary has premiered! The intimate three-part account comes in celebration of their forthcoming new studio offering,Deceiver of the Gods, set for worldwide release later this month. Directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com), the striking black and white film offers candid commentary with each member on a host of subjects.
Watch the concluding clip where the Amon Amarth collective discuss the struggles of tour life, recording and their hopes for the future via their microsite at the bottom of this page.
Having blasted onto the Swedish melodic death Metal scene with 1998's 'Once Sent From The Golden Hall', every Amon Amarth album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. 'Deceiver Of The Gods' captures the quintet at the peak of their powers.
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Their ninth epic was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap, a man whose resumé includes seminal albums from the likes of Cathedral, Arch Enemy, and Cradle Of Filth. Vocalist Johan Hegg explains, "We wanted more of a live feeling to the recording and we felt that Andy's style of producing could definitely help us with that. At the same time, knowing the records he worked on previously we felt he could probably help develop our sound so it became a little bit more angry and dangerous, without that polished sheen of our recent records."
Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen concurs, and credits Sneap with playing a pivotal role in just how aggressive the finished product is. "It's rougher, and like a punch in the face, which is what we wanted it to be. Though adding more thrash elements into a few of the songs helps the whole album sound more hostile, it's ultimately the production that makes them sound more aggressive. On the last few records it didn't matter how aggressive the riffs we wrote were, whenever we went into the studio at the end they just didn't sound as intense." In tracking the record at Sneap's UK studio, as much as possible the band recorded long takes rather than clinically piecing things together, determined to give the album as much life as they could. "Fredrik [Andersson] recorded all the drums live, with the guys playing guitars and bass along with him to get the groove of it, and that makes for the energy that you don't get when everyone records separately, and I think that really comes across," Hegg states. "I think that was a very good way to record for us, it gave everyone a better feel of each song, and it was a good time being in the studio and laying it all down."
'Deceiver of the Gods' boasts another exceptional Tom Thiel-created cover depicting a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor. As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, 'Hel'.
For special Deceiver of the Gods preorder packages as well as a stream of the title track, go to http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth. Additionally, you can still check out 'Shape Shifter' currently streaming at https://soundcloud.com/stereogum/amon-amarth-shape-shifter.
'Deceiver of the Gods' will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 24th.
Following a run of European festival dates already underway, Amon Amarth will be opening the main stage of this year's edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29 in San Bernardino.