The Swedish band Amon Amarth started in 1988 with the name Scum. In 1992 they changed their name to Amon Amarth. The name was taken from Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings. The band recorded a couple demos that received positive response and got their first record deal with a label from Singapore. Their debut EP Sorrow Throughout The Nine Worlds was released in 1996.
Amon Amarth signed with Metal Blade Records and released their full-length debut Once Sent From The Golden Hall. The band's brand of melodic death metal quickly attracted a lot of fans and they toured the world. Their next CDs were 1999's The Avenger, 2001's The Crusher and 2002's Versus The World.
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Amon Amarth has always used Viking mythology and imagery in their lyrics and artwork, which has caused some misunderstandings over the years. The band maintains it's just an expression of pride in their ancestry, not some type of political or other beliefs. The band's success continued with the release of 2004's Fate Of Norns and 2006's With Oden On Our Side.
Current Band Members:
Johan Hegg - Vocals
Johan Söderberg - Guitar
Olavi Mikkonen - Guitars
Ted Lundström Bass (Eternal Oath)
Fredrik Andersson - Drums (A Canorous Quintet, Curriculum Mortis, The Dead, Guidance Of Sin)
Anders Hansson - Guitar (1988-1998)
Nico Mehra - Drums (1988-1996)
Martín López - Drums (1996-1998)
Amon Amarth Discography:
1998 Once Sent From The Golden Hall (Metal Blade)
1999 The Avenger (Metal Blade)
2001 The Crusher (Metal Blade)
2002 Versus The World (Metal Blade)
2004 Fate Of Norns (Metal Blade)
2006 With Oden On Our Side (Metal Blade)
2008 Twilight Of The Thunder God (Metal Blade)
2011 Surtur Rising (Metal Blade)
2013 Deceiver Of The Gods (Metal Blade)