Last month Amon Amarth released their new documentary and supporting live album, The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm – which includes a retrospective documentary featuring a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes content and extensive band interviews. This film tells the Swedish quintet’s history, through both their own eyes and those of the fans that have supported them along the way. It is a thrilling collection that pays respect to the faithful, as well as making for a detailed and riveting introduction for those new to their inspiring story. Paired with this documentary is the live video/audio, which contains two different sets at 2017’s Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, capturing the unit at their very best. Now, the band are sharing the live video for latest single, ‘Guardians Of Asgaard’ on their official YouTube channel.
Having played the German festival numerous times over the years, and loving the family vibe they have always experienced there, Amon Amarth leapt at the chance to appear twice in the same year. Playing a secret, smaller scale set that focused primarily on older material, and then headlining the main stage with full production – including their giant sea serpent and lots of fire – allowed them to showcase their songs at their best – though putting together setlists from such a mighty catalogue was not the easiest of tasks. “For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalogue but also keeping it interesting,” explains guitarist Olavi Mikkonen. “But putting the two shows together also made us realise that we have a lot of songs to choose from!”
Members of the band recently took part in a live Q&A at a number of special advance screenings of the release. After watching the documentary, its producer Alexander Milas put questions to the band and the film’s director Phil Wallis before inviting attending fans to add their own.
Watch a round-up clip from the Munich event – including some weapon-bearing Viking guests – here.
The release is available in multiple UK formats via label Music For Nations, including CD/2DVD 8-Panel Digipak, Blu-ray (which includes audio digital download of Main Stage Show), and 2LP black vinyl.