Swedish viking metallers AMON AMARTH have issued the following update:
“The long-awaited European tour has finally come and we can’t wait to play a full set featuring songs from ‘Twilight Of The Thunder God’ for our European fans. We’re really looking forward to being part of the ‘Full Of Hate’ festival tour with so many great bands — OBITUARY, LEGION OF THE DAMNED and KEEP OF KALESSIN plus special guests at selected shows.
“We’ve got a bit of a different setlist planned for this tour so we’re looking forward playing some songs we haven’t done live very often. Obviously, some songs from the latest album, but also some older ones!
“The upcoming months we’ve got a pretty busy schedule. Following the European tour, we’ll be heading back to the U.S. to play in most of the states we didn’t get to do last year. We’ll also be performing for the first time in South America. Afterwards we have a number of festival appearances throughout Europe and after that we’ll most likely have a break for a while and if we do any shows it will be in places we don’t get to play very often.
“This year’s goal is to finally be able to perform in these places we have yet to perform at. If we don’t see you at the shows already arranged, hopefully we’ll see you at the shows that are in the process of planning.”
AMON AMARTH is having its first four albums reissued in 2009. The series kicked off with “Once Sent From A Golden Hall”, which was released on February 27 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and March 2 in the rest of Europe as a double-popup-digipak featuring two discs. Disc one features the entire “Once Sent From A Golden Hall” album remastered plus the bonus track “Siegreicher Marsch” (German version of “Victorious March”). Disc two features the live recording of the show AMON AMARTH played on December 28, 2008 in Bochum, Germany where they played the album in its entirety. The order of songs is the same as on disc one (excluding “Siegreicher Marsch”). This reissue (and all the other ones that will follow later in the year) was released as an eight-sided double-figipak with individual pop-up. All four pop-ups attached to each other show a special three-dimensional pic. The reissue also features liner notes by the band and was released for the price of a regular CD.