Swedish Viking metalles AMON AMARTH will release their eighth studio album, “Surtur Rising”, in North America on March 29 via Metal Blade Records. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record, which was listed among Decibel magazine’s most anticipated albums of 2011, features 10 tracks of sword-wielding, fist-pumping, hyper climactic battle anthems.
The follow-up to 2008’s monolithic “Twilight Of The Thunder God” full-length was recorded again at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and features strikingly brutal cover art by Tom Thiel.
“Surtur Rising” track listing:
01. War of the Gods
02. Töck’s Taunt – Loke’s Treachery Part II
03. Destroyer of the Universe
04. Slaves of Fear
05. Live Without Regrets
06. The Last Stand of Frej
07. For Victory or Death
08. Wrath of the Norsemen
09. A Beast Am I
10. Doom Over Dead Man
AMON AMARTH’s seventh full-length album, “Twilight of the Thunder God”, sold more than 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart.
“Twilight of the Thunder God” was recorded at Fascination Street and features several high-profile guest appearances including ENTOMBED singer L.G. Petrov (on “Guardians of Asgaard”), CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Roope Latvala (who shreds a fierce solo on the track “Twilight of the Thunder God”) and Finnish cello metal band APOCALYPTICA (a guest appearance on “Live For The Kill”).