The Press Release:
Batten down the hatches and prepare for battle as the undisputed kings of Viking heavy metal, Amon Amarth, have announced they will be setting sail for US shores this Fall for what is set to be the death metal raid of the year. The Great Heathen Tour, produced by Live Nation, will pillage its way across North America this coming November/December, razing 27 cities to the ground in its wake. The tour concludes with a special show at the Kia Forum, Los Angeles where Amon Amarth will bring their full European production and become the first death metal band to headline the famous venue. No Sleep Til………..Los Angeles!!
Joining Amon Amarth on their epic quest will be Carcass, Obituary and Cattle Decapitation making this *the* must-see tour for fans of death metal. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, July 15th, 2022 at 10am local from www.amonamarth.com (linked below)
Citi is the official card of The Great Heathen Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00 AM ET until Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 PM local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.
Speaking on today’s announcement, Amon Amarth share:
“North America, the Great Heathen Army is coming for you this Fall! We have been away for a long time and now we return to raid with the death metal event of the year! We will be sacking cities across the continent with our good friends Carcass, Obituary and Cattle Decapitation. We intend to bring a big show and give you a night that you won’t easily forget. Miss this at your own peril…”
Jeff Walker of Carcass adds:
“Carcass is looking forward to its first proper US Tour for…six years??? Can It really be that long??? We can’t think of a stronger tour or killer line up for us to be part of..….it’s gonna be a RAGER!”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this tour! When we got word that our good friends Amon Amarth asked for Obituary to join them here in North America, there was no hesitation, just an immediate yes! We are honored to share the stage and some cold beers with them again along with our longtime friends Carcass and San Diego brothers Cattle Decapitation! If this lineup doesn’t get you excited, check your pulse cause you may be dead!”
And Cattle Decapitation add:
“We are thrilled to get back out on the road in the US and especially with such a stacked lineup! It’s going to be a killer run and an honor to perform every night alongside these legends.”
The Tour Dates:
November 11: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl*
November 12: Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Financial Theatre
November 14: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
November 15: Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
November 16: Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
November 18: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
November 19: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
November 20: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
November 22: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
November 23: Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway
November 25: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
November 26: Chicago, IL @ The Aragon Ballroom
November 27: Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
November 30: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE**
December 01: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
December 02: Toronto, ON @ History
December 03: Laval, QC @ Place Bell
December 05: Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
December 06: Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
December 07- Kansas City, MO @ Uptown
December 09: Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
December 10: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
December 12: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
December 13: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
December 15: Wheatland, CA @ Hard Rock Live
December 16: San Diego, CA @ SOMA
December 17: Los Angeles, CA @ Kia Forum
** Non-Live Nation date
Armed with their 12th and arguably finest album to date, Amon Amarth are poised to return to full action with a bloody, broadsword-wielding vengeance. The release of the new album ‘The Great Heathen Army ‘ will kick-start another relentless global campaign, commencing with a co-headlining tour of Europe alongside Machine Head and fellow countrymen The Halo Effect before they set sail across the Atlantic with their sights firmly set on North American shores. Still ruthlessly devoted to the ways of the warrior, Amon Amarth have Odin’s wind in their sails like never before.
Set for release on Friday, August 5th, 2022 via Metal Blade Records, the 9-track aural assault that is “The Great Heathen Army” is available for pre-order now HERE. The band have released two singles thus far: “Get In The Ring”, which is is the official entrance music for AEW pro-wrestling star Erick Redbeard who also stars in the music video and “The Great Heathen Army” which was released last week and came accompanied by an incredible Stranger Things inspired music video shot in Latvia by Pavel Trebukhin.
About Amon Amarth:
From pole to pole and sea to sea, Amon Amarth are undisputed kings of Viking heavy metal. Formed in Tumba, Sweden, in 1992, they have forged an extraordinary legacy over three Decemberades of thunderous, anthemic metal, all rich in the magical imagery of Viking history, folklore and culture.
From their underground smash debut ‘Once Sent From The Golden Hall’ (1998) onwards, Amon Amarth have been an unstoppable creative force. With a unique and unmistakable sound that combines the best of several epic strains of metal, the quintet have become renowned for their ageless anthems and explosive, theatrical live shows. Albums like 2008’s widely acclaimed ‘Twilight Of The Thunder God ‘ and 2016’s conceptual triumph ‘Jomsviking’, the Swedes have been consistent standard bearers for heavy metal as a life-affirming and communal experience, armed with a seemingly endless stream of instant classic songs.
Now reaping the rewards of all those years of hard work, Amon Amarth are now regarded as one of the metal world’s most vital and imperious live acts. From headlining festivals across Europe to claiming a place on Slayer’s final tour of the US in 2019, they have honored the adventurous ethos of their Viking forebears by taking their music anywhere and everywhere.
Unfortunately, as the world ground to a halt early in 2020, Amon Amarth were in the midst of a wildly successful world tour in support of their most recent album, ‘Berserker’. Disappointed but unbowed, the band Decemberided instead to forge a new creative path, resulting in their most crushing and heroic full-length album to date, “The Great Heathen Army”.
One of the best-loved metal bands in the world, Amon Amarth are firmly dedicated to aiming high when they hit the studio. Recorded with esteemed studio guru Andy Sneap at the controls, ‘The Great Heathen Army’ represents another bold leap forward for the band, as their trademark sound undergoes yet another skilful, evolutionary overhaul, both lyrically and musically. From the noisily rabble-rousing “Find A Way Or Make One” and the pummelling, pugilistic “Get In The Ring”, to the evocative fury of “Saxons & Vikings ” and the cinematic squall of the title track, ‘The Great Heathen Army’ encapsulates the essence of this legendary band, while still allowing acres of space for new ideas.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: While I think that the first time that I caught Amon Amarth might have been as one of the many openers for a Soilwork show and if they played six songs that was saying something. Since that time they have grown to be one of the most imposing of the Death Metal acts in the world with a bombastic and unforgettable live performance that needs to be experienced to get the proper effect. I am excited for when this run makes a stop in NYC because I haven’t seen any of the supporting acts since before the pandemic began. Metal fans of all different demographics are going to want to be on point for this one and join the Heathan Army as it lays waste to city after city. Closing up I wonder what you legions of the Metal forces think about this announcement. Chime in down below with how many times you’ve seen the band and what you hope for in the tour. See you next time, please stay safe out there.