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AMON AMARTH Launches "Crack The Sky" Video, Announces North American Headine Dates

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, April 22, 2019 @ 11:26 AM


New Album Beserker Out May 3rd

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On May 3rd, AMON AMARTH will release their 11th full-length, Berserker, via Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)! For a preview of the album, the video for the new single, "Crack the Sky", can be viewed on KNAC.COM HERE.

Directed by Roboshobo, "Crack the Sky" is the second of a trilogy of music videos from Berserker (the first clip being "Raven's Flight") - 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" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Barnett) and Erick Rowan as "Thor" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erick_Rowan), among others.

To pre-order Berserker, please visit amonamarth.lnk.to/berserker - where the album is available in the following formats:

  • 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 bulge with irresistible melodic hooks, bursts of thrilling savagery and moments of spine-tingling dynamic drama, Berserker is the result of the huge surge of creativity and a collective desire to keep moving forward with no compromise. From the disarming melodrama and 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 grim, 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 somehow refined, sonically enhanced and made vastly more potent, both in terms of metal oomph and emotional power. Neatly summing up the spirit behind these exhilarating new songs is the album's semi-title track, "The Berserker At Stamford Bridge": a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and the mind-bending heroics of one axe-wielding warrior.

Showcasing an undeniable and startling 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.

"For me, this is AMON AMARTH 2.0," vocalist Johan Hegg declares. "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 "Crack the Sky" also features Tess Kielhammer as "Demon Boss" (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4178569/), Shanie Rusth as "Shield Maiden" (https://www.herexchange.net/her-story/2018/9/11/shanie-rusth), Erik Arevalo (https://www.instagram.com/theerikhammer/?hl=en), Victor Henry (https://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Victor-Henry-52195), and Canadian WWE legend Viktor as "Demon Henchman" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor), and many more.

Berserker track-listing

  • "Fafner's Gold"
  • "Crack the Sky"
  • "Mjo¨lner, Hammer of Thor"
  • "Shield Wall"
  • "Valkyria"
  • "Raven's Flight"
  • "Ironside"
  • "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. See below for all dates!

SLAYER "Leg Five: North America" tour dates
w/LAMB OF GOD, AMON AMARTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE

  • 5.2 - Ak-Chin Amphitheatre - Phoenix, AZ
  • 5.3 - Isleta Amphitheatre - Albuquerque, NM
  • 5.5 - UTEP/Don Haskins Center - El Paso, TX
  • 5.7 - Bert Ogden Arena - Edinburg, TX
  • 5.8 - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory - Dallas, TX
  • 5.10 - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
  • 5.11 - Coral Sky Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
  • 5.13 - Big Sandy Superstore Arena - Huntington, WV
  • 5.14 - Merriweasther Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
  • 5.16 - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Noblesville, IN
  • 5.17 - Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre - Bonner Springs, KS
  • 5.19 - DTE Energy Music Center - Clarkston, MI
  • 5.20 - Covel Centre - Youngstown, OH
  • 5.22 - Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
  • 5.24 - BB&T Pavilion - Camdel, NJ
  • 5.25 - Xfinity Center - Mansfield, MA
This September heavy metal overlords AMON AMARTH will descend from the land of ice and snow to headline a history-making charge across North America with fellow Swedish warlords and carnage is on the menu.

Berserker World Tour - Raid Of North American Dates
w/ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, and GRAND MAGUS

  • 9.26 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
  • 9.27 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
  • 9.28 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Forum
  • 9.30 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Convention Centre
  • 10.1 - Calgary, AB - Grey Eagle
  • 10.3 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
  • 10.4 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
  • 10.6 - Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
  • 10.7 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theater
  • 10.9 - Toronto, ON - Rebel
  • 10.10 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
  • 10.12 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
  • 10.15 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
  • 10.16 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
  • 10.18 - New Orleans, LA - The Fillmore
  • 10.19 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
  • 10.20 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
  • 10.23 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
  • 10.25 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
  • 10.26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Palladium


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