AMON AMARTH Guitarist JONAS SODERBERG On The Band's Sound - "We Want To Have The AC/DC Style And Not Change"
July 12, 2019, 9 days ago
Amon Amarth guitarist Johan Soderberg recently spoke with Metal Covenant about the band's new album, Berserker, and their trademark sound. Following is an excerpt from the interview.
MC: Amon Amarth music is heavy, fast and melodic. How many albums can a band make with this kind of style without having to change more than you have done on the last couple of albums?
Johan: "I think we could go on forever. Just look at AC/DC, you know. They've been doing their style since forever. They're not changing anything. And nor does Slayer, really. I think it's good to have your own style, so people recognize it, like, 'This is Amon Amarth and they sound like this.' If you look at a blues artist, blues is always the same chords; it's just different sounds, you know."
MC: Over the years you have added more regular heavy metal to your music, although intense heavy metal, but you started out as a death metal band, so where do you think Amon Amarth's music will end up in the end?
Johan: "I don't know, really. The thing with heavy metal influences is that that's the kind of music we like to listen to ourselves. Like I said, we used to think like 'We can't use this because it sounds too similar to Iron Maiden or Judas Priest,' but in the last couple of years when we stopped caring about that our music sounds more heavy metal. But, you know, Skägget can't sing heavy metal vocals. He's number one in the world when it comes to growl vocals, but he will never be able to sing like Bruce Dickinson. I think we can't change so much more, really. Maybe a little bit more towards heavy metal. I think the last 3 albums are in the same kind of style and I think we will keep that for a couple of albums more and we won't go back closer towards raging death metal."
Read the complete interview here.
The 2019 Download festival took place June 14 - 16 at Donington Park, UK. Amon Amarth performed on Sunday (June 16) and have since released this recap video:
Amon Amarth are set to crash onto European shores this November and December to raid the continent with their biggest and most ambitious, must-see full production tour to date. This epic tour comes on the heels of the victorious worldwide release of the band’s 11th studio album, Berserker.
Berserker smashed into the top echelons of sales charts around the world, including debuting at #1 in Germany and Switzerland, and #2 in Austria, earning the band some of their highest chart positions to date, including in the UK.
Joining Amon Amarth for the three show UK rampage will be special guests Arch Enemy, touring in support of their 2017 critically acclaimed album Will To Power, and legendary Swedish death metal squad Hypocrisy. Additional guests in other countries are to be announced at a later date.
Amon Amarth: “We cannot wait to return to Europe and tour the UK with our fellow Swedish Berserkers Arch Enemy and Hypocrisy. We will be bringing our biggest headlining show yet and this truly is going to be an epic heavy metal party that is not to be missed!”
Arch Enemy's Michael Amott: “I can’t think of a better way to wrap up an intense and exciting 2019 Arch Enemy touring year than heading back to the UK with our Swedish friends Amon Amarth and Hypocrisy! This will be a celebration of everything that is awesome about Heavy Metal, the Scandinavian way! Skål!”
Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren: "Hypocrisy are very much looking forward to this UK run and to share the stage with Amon Amarth and Arch Enemy. This will be epic!”
The confirmed UK dates are as follows:
28- Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
29- Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
30- London, UK - O2 Brixton Academy
Check out the band's complete tour schedule here.