VIKING METAL WITH BIG BEARDS. That’s why you’re here, right? To see lots of photos of Johan Hegg and the lads from Amon Amarth headbang to their top-notch brand of sub-genre metal. Yes? Our man Mike Burnell was on hand to get lots of photos of just that when the band’s recent UK tour landed in Brighton.
February 23rd, 2014
Didn’t you hear? We all just survived Ragnarok. The latest instalment in the long line of ancient-cultures-predicting-the-end-of-the-world trend passed everyone by on Saturday night, and at no point did Fenrir eat the world, or Odin get into an almighty ruck with the Midgard Serpent. Ho hum.
And what better way to celebrate this ridiculous non-event than by listening to a load of Viking Metal? EXACTLY.
December 16th, 2013
29 November 2013
by Pete Long
It mightn’t be quite as popular as the current wave of atmospheric black metal, but there’s no shortage of bands playing various black and folk metal tributes to Odin and chums. Germany’s Black Messiah have been at that game for two decades now, without ever really placing themselves in the league of heavyweights like Falkenbach and Moonsorrow.
November 18th, 2013
Metal Hammer’s annual Defenders of the Faith tour is usually a bloody good excuse to catch a whole crop of excellent bands all in one place – this year’s line-up was particularly impressive, with headliners Amon Amarth being backed up by the likes of Carcass, Hell, and Bleed From Within. We got our principal photographer, Mr Gary Wolstenholme, to head on down to Manchester to catch one of the last big metal tours of 2013 do its dirty business all over the O2 Academy.
June 26th, 2013
Deceiver of the Gods
25 June 2013
Viking Metal – a scourge of Christendom or just a global ballache to genre purists everywhere? Amon Amarth are foisted with this most divisive tag; for anybody who’s spent five seconds with the music of these Swedish bruisers, it’s apparent that they’re about as likely to fit into a Hammerheart-era Bathory-shaped mould as Falling In Reverse are.
March 18th, 2012
March 8th, 2012
David Keevill studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. That means he knows his stuff when it comes to actual, really-real Vikings. Since both we and he are pedantic sorts, we browbeat him into writing an explanation as to on why anti-Christian imagery in Viking Metal is a horrible anachronism. Yeah, serious intellectual stuff! Bet you weren’t expecting that on Thrash Hits, right?
February 29th, 2012
In the third entry to his four-part feature on how black metal has evolved in the 20 years since Darkthrone’s seminal second album, A Blaze In The Northern Sky, was released, Tom Dare now moves on to look at how bands have incorporated the musical sounds specific to their region of origin into their sound…
October 13th, 2011
Oh, Reykjavik, how we’ve missed you. The rain, the wind, the fizzy, fizzy lager and the inevitable hangover. Obviously we trivialise our awful, globe-trotting, rock-watching lives by focusing on the things people moan about on Twitter every day but Iceland Airwaves 2011 is here. We are there and we’ve already seen some bands and drunk beers. Lots of expensive beers.