Vocalist Johan Hegg of Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH was the featured guest on the October 19, 2008 edition of Indie 103.1 FM's specialty metal program "Chaos with Full Metal Jackie". The interview is now available for streaming at this location.
AMON AMARTH will embark on a full European headlining tour in March. Support on the "Full Of Hate 2009" trek will come from OBITUARY, LEGION OF THE DAMNED and KEEP OF KALESSIN.
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.
"I think we were all actually kind of surprised we'd reached that high," Johan Hegg told MTV News. "We're happy we did, and I think one of the key elements that contributed to [the high debut], obviously, is building a fanbase. That's what we've been doing all these years as we've steadily grown as a band. The fact that we've had a couple of successful tours in the U.S. has helped, and the fact that this record actually is really good didn't hurt."
"Twilight of the Thunder God" was recorded at Fascination Street Studio in Örebro, Sweden 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").
Fan-filmed video footage of AMON AMARTH performing the song "Pursuit of Vikings" live on December 31, 2008 at Zeche in Bochum, Germany can be viewed below.