A track-by-track review of “Surtur Rising”, the eighth studio album from Swedish melodic death metal tyrants AMON AMARTH, can be found at RadioMetal.com. 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 is due in North America on March 29 via Metal Blade Records, 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.
The official album landing page can be acccessed at this location. The new web site, dedicated exclusively to “Surtur Rising”, includes album pre-orders for North America and Europe as well as up-to-the-minute news updates, tour announcements, videos and singles leading up to the record’s release.
“Slaves Of Fear”, a brand new song from Swedish melodic death metal tyrants AMON AMARTH, is available for streaming at DecibelMagazine.com.
Commented AMON AMARTH drummer Fredrik Andersson: “‘Slaves Of Fear’ is not the all-typical AMON AMARTH song. It was one of the last songs we finished for the album and what makes this song a little bit different is the collaboration between me and [guitarist] Olavi [Mikkonen] as songwriters. Usually, most songs are written by Olavi and [guitarist] Johan [Söderberg]. It’s definitely one of the darkest songs we’ve ever written and the main/intro riff is my personal tribute to the passing of Ronnie James Dio as the riff came to me after listening to ‘Holy Diver’. Lyrically, it’s about how religions keep people under its control and from thinking for themselves. It includes some of the most angry lyrics [vocalist] Johan [Hegg] has written and they kind of remind me of ‘The Sound Of Eight Hooves’ [off 2001’s ‘The Crusher’ full-length] in a way. It works exceptionally well with the melancholic feel of the riffs.”