On May 3rd, Amon Amarth will release their 11th full-length album, Berserker, via Metal Blade Records (North America) / Sony Music (International).
Frontman Johan Hegg, together with Dr Chris Tuckley from the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, England, explains the legend of the Berserker in this short clip.
For a preview of the album, the video for the first single, “Raven’s Flight”, can be viewed below.
Directed by Roboshobo, “Raven’s Flight” will be the first of a trilogy of music videos from Berserker, each one increasingly epic in its scope, further immersing the viewer in the world of Amon Amarth. Much like the songs on Berserker, the videos present Amon Amarth to its fullest. The cast features Josh Barnett as the Berserker and Erick Rowan as Thor, among others (more details below).
- Digipak CD
- Deluxe box set [digipak CD, shield (~12″x12″), patch (~4″x4″) – limited to 500 copies in US]
- Opaque white w/ black splatter vinyl (limited to 1200 copies)
- Opaque white w/ silver haze vinyl (retail exclusive – limited to 1300 copies)
- Clear w/ red splatter vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies)
- Black w/ red haze vinyl (webstore exclusive – limited to 750 copies)
Comprising 12 monstrous heavy metal anthems that burst with melodic hooks, thrilling savagery, and spine-tingling drama, Berserker is the result of a huge surge of creativity and a collective desire to keep moving forward without compromise. From the explosive riffing of opener “Fafner’s Gold” and the brutish simplicity of the rampaging “Crack The Sky” to the epic fury of “Raven’s Flight” and the gritty storytelling of “Ironside” and “Skoll and Hati”, Berserker is an album full of trademark Amon Amarth bluster and bite but with every aspect of the band’s sound refined, sonically enhanced, and more potent – both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power. Capturing the spirit behind these new songs is the album’s semi-title track, “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge”: a visceral, vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and the mind-bending heroics of one axe-wielding warrior.
Fans have been getting involved already deciphering a runic alphabet to read messages and choosing sides between the King and the Vikings.
Showcasing an undeniable upgrade for every aspect of Amon Amarth’s iconic sound, Berserker was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls. After recording several rounds of professional demos for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tägtgren and then later with Ruston himself), the band crossed the Atlantic to make final the recordings in LA, eager to take a fresh approach to the album-making process.
Vocalist Johan Hegg delcares:
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.
The cast for “Raven’s Flight” also features Tess Kielhammer as Demon Boss, Shanie Rusth as Shield Maiden, Erik Arevalo, Victor Henry, and Canadian WWE legend Viktor as Demon Henchmen, and many more.
- Fafner’s Gold
- Crack The Sky
- Mjölner, Hammer Of Thor
- Shield Wall
- Raven’s Flight
- The Berserker At Stamford Bridge
- When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails
- Skoll And Hati
- Wings Of Eagles
- Into The Dark
In support of Berserker, Amon Amarth will head out on the road with Slayer, Lamb of God, and Cannibal Corpse in North America, starting May 2nd. Formerly Bloodstock Open Air headliners, Amon Amarth return to the UK to play Download Festival in June, performing on the main stage on Sunday.