With their music and imagery based on Viking mythology, and their name, Sindarin for Mount Doom which was taken from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings, Amon Amarth landed at the Showbox SoDo for their second Seattle evening of the Beserker North American Tour.
Judging by the amount of buses and transportation vehicles outside of the venue, it was pretty evident that sold out crowd was going to witness a very big production. Sure enough, as the stage hands were setting up the large Viking helmet drum riser with glowing eyes, along with various steps and fog machines around the stage, that this was going to be an awesome show.
Jocke Wallgren (drums), Olavi Mikkonen (lead guitar), Ted Lundstrom (bass), Johan Soderberg (rhythm guitar), and finally Johan Hegg (vocals) made their way to the stage and the fist pumping, head banging, and crowd surfing erupted as the band kicked started their set with “Raven’s Flight,” followed by “Runes to My Memory” and “Deceiver of the Gods.”
The band always wears black when performing on stage, with only Hegg’s drinking horn and brown leather arm gauntlets contrasting against the black shirts, pants and instruments of each member of the band.
The members of the audience, many adorned in Viking attire, were rabid and they ate up everything that Amon Amarth threw their way. Though the band focused most their set on their latest release, they also played many fan favorites off of Jomsvking, Twilight of the Thundergod, With Oden on Our Side, Deceiver of the Gods, and Fate of Norns.
With massive amounts of lights, flames illuminating the eyes of the Viking helmet drum riser, a Viking warrior – with chainmail, a skull helmet, huge horns and a spear – and Hegg raising his Mjolnir during “Guardians of Asgard,” Amon Amarth, as expected, put on a solid show that did not disappoint.
Out on tour with Amon Amarth are fellow Swedish metal bands Arch Enemy, At The Gates and Grand Magus.
Runes to My Memory
Deceiver of the Gods
Crack the Sky
Mjölner, Hammer of Thor
The Way of Vikings
Prediction of Warfare
Guardians of Asgaard
Raise Your Horns
The Pursuit of Vikings
Twilight of the Thunder God
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