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Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg Says The Band’s New Album Won’t Be Conceptual


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Revolver recently caught up with Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg after hearing eight of the 12 songs set for the band’s forthcoming new album. Recording sessions for that outing were taking place at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, CA with producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour) at the time of the interview.

A spring release date is being planned for the album through Metal Blade Records with only an undisclosed working title in place as of press time. When asked if this forthcoming record would follow a specific storyline/theme as their past outing “Jomsviking” did, Hegg replied:

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“With the last record, ‘Jomsviking‘, I wrote a complete fucking movie script and we turned it into an album. This time around, I didn’t have any of those ideas but we also didn’t want to do a concept thing, either.

Jomsviking‘ turned out so well, so if you then start working on another concept album and try to top that, it would almost be impossible — unless you have a really great story lined up that you can do that with.

But I didn’t, so it didn’t make sense. I was a bit lazy on this one — I waited for the music to be done so I could see where it would take me.”

For more on some of the lyrical inspirations for a few of the songs and Hegg‘s thoughts on his MMA training, head to Revolver.

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