Amon Amarth’s new film is half movie, half music video
Although admittedly not overly familiar with Amon Amarth’s music – stylistic disinterest the main reason – it’s hard to ignore their importance to Viking metal; they pretty much embody it. I am into Nordic mythology in a big way though, so the have a certain amount of respect regardless.
That respect just increased over the weekend with the release of their music video-cum-short film for the track “Father Of The Wolf“, from last year’s Deceiver Of The Gods (which we reviewed here). It’s damn impressive.
The first five or so minutes of the ten-minute run time concern themselves with setting up the story of the song. The titular wolf-daddy is of course Loki, the again-titular deceiver of the gods. The Norse god of mischief and trickery fathered several children, amongst whom is Fenrir, the fearsome wolf destined to slay Odin the All-father during Ragnarok, the end of the world.
It’s typically over the top stuff, and is played as such – lots of hooded, bearded Norse-types, misty scenery and mythic artifacts. Check it out:
The production values are insane. It’s clear there’s been a lot of work put in, with a credit title sequence and everything – not something you see for your common or garden music videos.
Musically, you have to admit it’s not particularly boundary-pushing, but I suppose that’s viking metal for you – it’s more about being METAL and having a beard. Which I do not. It’s certainly very good at that though, and vocalist
Amon Amarth have just kicked off their North American tour with the mighty Enslaved and Skeletonwitch. Promises to be a rolicking good time it does. That’s running for about a month until the middle of February, and then they’re playing Soundwave in Australia, followed by dares in Europe and a South American tour in April/May. In fact, they’re solid with festivals over the summer (including Wacken, Brutal Assault and Bloodstock) too, so you’re going to be hard pressed to miss them unless you really want to.