Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH have released a brand new music video for their stomping, anthemic call to arms "Shield Wall". The rabble-rousing clip chronicles the plight of an enemy ship come to invade a viking village. But, as Johan Hegg's gutteral growl chants "Vikings, Raise The Shield Wall, Hold the Front Line, Fight Till Death", the fate of the enemy becomes uncertain. Who will emerge victorious from battle? Watch the video to find out.
Directed by Phil Wallis and produced by Alexander Milas/Twin V Ltd — the same team behind AMON AMARTH's 2018 feature-length documentary "The Pursuit Of Vikings" — the aim of "Shield Wall" was to produce a historically accurate portrayal of the battlefield tactics that Vikings were known and also notorious for. Working closely with noted Viking scholar and battle re-enactor Igor Górewicz of the Triglav and Jomsborg vikings, the video was shot on location in Wolin, Poland — site of the world-renowned annual Festival Of Slavs And Vikings — and featured extras from the world's foremost Viking reenactment groups, including Triglav, Maximas von Bracey's Ulflag and Germany's Blóðvítnir, longtime friends of AMON AMARTH, whose longtime member Sana portrays the story's raiding party commander.
Hegg stated about the lyrical inspiration for "Shield Wall": "It's about the fighting technique that Vikings used in battle where they would form a wall with their shield to let the enemies beat themselves tired, basically, until they open up and cut them to pieces."
"Shield Wall" is taken from AMON AMARTH's latest album, "Berserker", which was released in May via Metal Blade Records. The disc was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, California with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, URIAH HEEP and STONE SOUR.