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AMON AMARTH plays surprise set at Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR festival


Swedish melodic death metallers AMON AMARTH played a surprise set at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival on Thursday, August 4 in Wacken, Germany.

After the performance, the band took to its social media to share a short video of the concert, along with the following message: “Heathens! Thank you for joining us today on the glorious battle ground of @Wacken for a surprise set. Until next time!”

Watch film-filmed footage of the show at Wacken 2022 below.

Earlier this week, AMON AMARTH teased the show as an appearance from a band called GUARDIANS OF ASGAARD, which, they said, would make “a brief appearance at Wacken on Thursday to play some of your favorite AMON AMARTH hits.”

Wacken Open Air takes place annually in the village of Wacken, which has a population of just about 2,000.

Up to 85,000 people attend the event, which is 32 years old.

200 bands are scheduled to perform at this year’s Wacken Open Air, including headliners SLIPKNOTPOWERWOLF and JUDAS PRIEST.

Wacken Open Air was forced to take a break for two years due to coronavirus restrictions.

AMON AMARTH has just released its twelfth studio album, “The Great Heathen Army”, via Metal Blade Records. The LP was recorded with acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap, who previously worked with the band on 2013’s “Deceiver Of The Gods” and 2016’s “Jomsviking” albums.

This past February, AMON AMARTH released a standalone single, “Put Your Back Into The Oar”, an ode to the epic Viking row. The track was recorded and mixed in January 2021 at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden with producer Jens Bogren and was made available via the band’s own label Victorious Music.

The “Put Your Back Into The Oar” video was shot in England over three days in October 2021. The atmospheric, cinematic clip was produced by Twin V and directed by Ryan MackFall at Crashburn Media.

AMON AMARTH will team up with MACHINE HEAD for the “Vikings And Lionhearts” co-headlining European arena tour in September and October. A North American tour with CARCASSOBITUARY and CATTLE DECAPITATION will follow in November and December.

AMON AMARTHThe Great Heathen ArmyTrack Listing1. Get In the Ring2. The Great Heathen Army3. Heidrun4. Oden Owns You All5. Find a Way or Make One6. Dawn of Norsemen7. Saxons and Vikings8. Skagul Rides With Me9. The Serpent’s TrailAlbum pre-orders are available now from metalblade.com/amonamarth and feature a host of exclusive vinyl variants.

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 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. Still ruthlessly devoted to the ways of the warrior, AMON AMARTH have Odin’s wind in their sails like never before. For tickets and further information head to AmonAmarth.com. Full dates listed below.

SEPTEMBERThursday 8 – NOTTINGHAM, UK, Motorpoint ArenaFriday 9 – CARDIFF, UK, Motorpoint ArenaSaturday 10 – LONDON, UK, The SSE Arena, WembleyMonday 12 – MANCHESTER, Uk AO ArenaTuesday 13 – DUBLIN, Ireland, 3ArenaFriday 16 – ZURICH, Switzerland, HallenstadionSaturday 17 – VIENNA, Austria, StadthalleSunday 18 – KRAKOW, Poland, Tauron ArenaTuesday 20 – TALLINN, Estonia, Saku ArenaWednesday 21 – HELSINKI, Finland, Ice HallFriday 23 – OSLO, Norway, SpektrumSaturday 24 – STOCKHOLM, Sweden, HovetMonday 26 – COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Forum Black BoxTuesday 27 – HAMBURG, Germany, Barclays ArenaWednesday 28 – FRANKFURT, Germany, FesthalleFriday 30 – OBERHAUSEN, Germany, König Pilsener Arena

OCTOBERSaturday 01 – BERLIN, Germany VelodromeSunday 02 – AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Afas LiveTuesday 04 – MILAN, Italy, Lorenzini DistrictThursday 06 – BARCELONA, Spain, Sant JordiFriday 07 – MADRID, Spain, VistalegreSaturday 08 – LA CORUNA, Spain, ColiseumSunday 09 – LISBON, Portugal, Campo PequenoWednesday 12 – PARIS, France, ZenithFriday 14 – MUNICH, Germany, OlympiahalleSaturday 15 – LEIPZIG, Germany, ArenaSunday 16 – PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Tipsport ArenaTuesday 18 – BUDAPEST, Hungary, Barba NegraThursday 20 – ESCH SUR ALZETTE, Luxembourg, RockhalFriday 21 – BRUSSELS, Belgium, Forest NationalSaturday 22 – STUTTGART, Germant, Schleyerhalle

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