AMON AMARTH are set to release their twelfth studio album, “The Great Heathen Army“, on August 5 via Metal Blade. You can check out the official music video for the record’s title track, directed by Pavel Trebukhin below.
AMON AMARTH comments: “The armada of ‘The Great Heathen Army‘ is at sea on the way to raid, but before we land at distant shores on August 5th, we have a new single and video for you to feast on. This is the title track from the new album with a video we shot with the talented Pavel Trebukhin in Riga, Latvia. Who will you choose to fight with? The Vikings or the Saxons? Choose well and the Gods will decide your fate.”
Recorded with esteemed studio guru Andy Sneap at the controls, “The Great Heathen Army” represents another bold leap forward for AMON AMARTH, as their trademark sound undergoes yet another skillful, evolutionary overhaul, both lyrically and musically. From the noisily rabble-rousing “Find A Way Or Make One” and the pummeling, pugilistic “Get In The Ring” to the evocative fury of “Saxons & Vikings” and the cinematic squall of the title track, “The Great Heathen Army” encapsulates the essence of this legendary band, while still allowing acres of space for new ideas.
AMON AMARTH vocalist Johan Hegg comments: “Overall ‘The Great Heathen Army‘ is one of the heavier albums we’ve made. There are some dark and heavy songs that are really powerful and in your face, but we obviously have some trademark melodic AMON AMARTH songs on there as well and a few surprises too. It’s a really well-balanced album. It sounds great. Andy Sneap is awesome. It was great to be able to work with him again.”
Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen adds: “We’ve been away making new music and we’re back with new darker, more death metal-sounding album. If ‘Berserker’ was our ‘heavy metal’ album, then ‘The Great Heathen Army‘ is our ‘death metal’ album. But with that said, it’s still very much contemporary AMON AMARTH, but perhaps style-wise we have gone back to our roots a little bit.”
AMON AMARTH “The Great Heathen Army” track listing:
01. Get In The Ring
02. The Great Heathen Army
04. Oden Owns You All
05. Find A Way Or Make One
06. Dawn Of Norsemen
07. Saxons And Vikings
08. Skagul Rides With Me
09. The Serpent’s Trail