AMON AMARTH to Reissue The Avenger as a 2-Disc Set

Following the successful reissue of Once Sent from the Golden Hall, AMON AMARTH will be reissuing The Avenger as a 2-disc, deluxe, digipak set on May 26.  Disc one features the entire The Avenger album, re-mastered, plus the bonus track “Thor Arise.” Disc two features the live recording of the show AMON AMARTH played on December 29, 2008 in Bochum, Germany where they played the album in its entirety. The order of songs is the same as on disc one (excluding “Thor Arise“). This re-issue also features new liner notes by singer Johan Hegg and tons of photos.

The Avenger track listing:

Disc 01
1. “Bleed For Ancient Gods
2. “The Last With Pagan Blood
3. “North Sea Storm
4. “Avenger
5. “God, His Son And Holy Whore
6. “Metalwrath
7. “Legend Of A Banished Man
8. “Thor Arise” (bonus track)

Disc 02 (Live)
1. “Bleed For Ancient Gods
2. “The Last With Pagan Blood
3. “North Sea Storm
4. “Avenger
5. “God, His Son And Holy Whore
6. “Metalwrath
7. “Legend Of A Banished Man

SPV Sign UNLEASHED to Worldwide Record Deal

SPV Records has announced the signing of Swedish death metal masters, UNLEASHED, to a worldwide deal.

Known for their skillfully penned, Viking-themed songs and explosive live performances, UNLEASHED are poised to make a major impact this fall with the release of their eighth full-length album, titled Midvinterblot.

“We have more qualified songs to choose from than ever before, and I am very confident that this will be the best UNLEASHED album ever,” frontman Johnny Hedlund had previously stated about the CD. “Our mission is to create one of the most memorable records in the history of death metal!!! This one will be slightly faster than Sworn Allegiance. The songs will be anthems in the true traditional UNLEASHED way and will have you screaming along with the choruses. The guitar sound will be taking a step towards brutality and grind. The drums are the closest we have ever come to recording a ‘live’ kind of intensity. The vocals? Well, not far away from Sworn Allegiance… just add a little harshness and a slightly deep aggression to that sound and you’ll get the picture right there. Expect nothing but one of the most memorable records in the history of death metal.”

UNLEASHED utilized the services of stand-in drummer Jonas Tyskhagen (INCARDINE, PELLE & THE POORBOYS) for their appearance at the Metalmania Festival in Katowice, Poland in early March after the group’s regular skinsman, Anders Schultz, was hospitalized following a lung-collapse.