With the release of their latest album “Surtur Rising“, Sweden’s Amon Amarth embarked on a worldwide tour that saw them play shows without the support of any bands. Appropriately dubbed “An Evening with Amon Amarth” the band set out to play the latest effort in it’s entirety before taking the stage for a second set of classics.
Having successfully completed a US tour with this unique idea along with a handful of Europe’s top festivals the Swedish quintet decided to return to the States for the second time this year to do it again, hitting cities that they missed the first time around. This time the lone local show in the tri-state area was Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom. Having attended the first leg at Best Buy Theatre in the spring, I expected an identical “classics” list but was surprised that the band had no intention of keeping it that way. The band reached far back to their earlier days playing tracks from albums put out more than a decade ago.
While this isn’t exactly rare as most bands try to hit a few classics to appease fans, Amon Amarth played songs I’ve never heard before live and this would be my fifth time seeing them. Below you will find select video’s that I recorded with both my camera and phone, while they have yet to invent ‘death metal’ specific technology the quality is pretty decent, double bass pedal and all.