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Amon Amarth

October 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Lead singer of Amon Amarth singing on stage with a fireball behind him

Amon Amarth: Berserker, w/:

  • Arch Enemy
  • At the Gates
  • Grand magus

@Riviera Theatre
Monday, October 7
Doors = 6:00 pm
Show = 7:00 pm
Ages = 18+
Tickets starting price = $40

Amon Amarth

Heavy metal isn’t just music: it’s a way of life. No current band embodies the spirit of metal’s immersive culture with more fervour and might than Amon Amarth: Sweden’s celebrated Viking overlords and undisputed modern masters of epic heavy metal.

Today, Amon Amarth stand tall and unassailable: over 25 years into a career that has seen them evolve from humble origins in the dark, dank rehearsal rooms of their native Tumba to their current status as explosive festival headliners and one of the metal world’s most widely adored bands. Their most recent album, 2015’s Jomsviking, hit the #1 spot in Germany’s official album chart and swiftly became their most successful worldwide release to date. As a result, Amon Amarth are very much at the height of their powers as they prepare to return to action in 2019, with their biggest, boldest and most bombastic musical statement to date.

Formed in 1992, Amon Amarth became modern metal greats the hard way. Ruthlessly dedicated to creating new music and taking it out on the road, the Swedes steadily built a formidable reputation as a ferocious live band and, as the years passed, were increasingly recognised for their recorded achievements too. Since the dawn of the millennium, Amon Amarth have been unstoppable. Breakthrough releases like 2006’s With Oden On Our Side and its now legendary follow-up, 2008’s Twilight Of The Thunder God, further cemented their popularity throughout the metal world, while the band’s stage show evolved with each successive tour, transforming into one of modern metal’s truly great spectacles. All of this and more has been captured in the band’s recent live DVD and documentary, The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm, which put a stylish seal on one of modern music’s most unlikely success stories. (Source)

Arch Enemy

Formed by ex-Carnage, Carcass, and Candlemass guitarist Michael Amott (also of Spiritual Beggars) with his brother Christopher (Armageddon), Arch Enemy took a straight-ahead approach to death metal reminiscent of Entombed or late-period Carcass, blending catchy, classic-style metal riffs with crushing grooves for an intense yet accessible sound. The group’s charter lineup was rounded out by bassist/vocalist Johan Liiva (Carnage, Furbowl) and drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Eucharist, session work for In Flames); they released their debut album, Black Earth, in 1996. For their second album, 1998’s Stigmata, Armageddon bassist Martin Bengtsson took over those duties from vocalist Liiva, while Armageddondrummer Peter Wildoer sat in for Erlandsson. More personnel turnover ensued, as Mercyful Fatereunion bassist Sharlee D’Angelo (also formerly of Witchery and Dismember) joined up for 1999’s Burning Bridges, which also featured the return of Erlandsson. Wages of Sin from 2001 found Johan Liiva departing and replaced by Angela Gossow.

After touring extensively across Europe and Japan, the band returned to the studio and released Anthems of Rebellion in 2003. The EP Dead Eyes See No Future was released by the end of the year and featured a mix of cover versions and live tracks. The album Doomsday Machine landed in July of 2005 just as guitarist Christopher Amott announced he was leaving the band. Former Tiamat member Fredrik Åkesson replaced him, though the two would switch places again two years later, with Åkesson leaving the band to join Opeth, and Amott taking back his spot on guitar. The band then released its seventh album, Rise of the Tyrant, in 2007. The album would be Arch Enemy’s most successful to date, and they followed up the release by heading out on tours with Swedish metal giants Opeth and Dark Tranquillity. In 2009, the band looked back to its older material with The Root of All Evil. The album featured tracks from the band’s first three albums that were re-recorded with current singer Angela Gossow. 2011’s Khaos Legions, the band’s eighth studio long player, marked a return to new original material, and proved to be the band’s highest-charting album to date. It would also be the last outing for Gossow and founding guitarist Christopher Amott, both of whom left the band the following year. 2014’s War Eternal saw the additions of ex-Agonistvocalist Alissa White-Gluz and ex-Arsis guitarist Nick Cordle (who left shortly before the band’s European tour and was replaced by former Nevermore axe-slinger Jeff Loomis). In 2017, the band released the concert LP/video As the Stages Burn, which captured their 2016 performance at Wacken Open Air in its entirety, along with a 2015 performance in Tokyo. 2017 saw the band drop their tenth studio long-player, Will to Power, which marked the first Arch Enemy release to feature clean vocals. The covers album, Covered in Blood, arrived in early 2019, and featured the band’s take on songs by Judas Priest, Tears For Fears, Queensrÿche, and more. (Source)

At the Gates

A highly influential death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Often considered as the pioneers of “Gothenburg metal”, or melodic death metal style.

Musicwise At The Gates’ first two albums were very progressive and complex death metal, mainly due to guitarist Alf Svensson’s very original and unorthodox composition style. Since Svensson left the group in 1993, the primary musical responsibility was on the Björler twins, which led to considerable streamlining of the music and the excessive “prog” or “art” elements of their earlier works were cut down. The focus was now more on writing good and catchy songs, which then culminated on the massively effective deaththrash attack of “Slaughter Of The Soul”. The comeback album “At War With Reality” continued very much in the vein of their “Terminal/Slaughter” style, whereas “To Drink From The Night Itself” showed somewhat clearer departure from this and brought back some of the more progressive elements and incorporated darker moods overall. (Source)

Grand Magus

A riff-producing, bottom-heavy trio based out of Stockholm, Sweden, Grand Magus emerged in the late 1990s with a punitive yet melody-driven blend of hard rock, heavy metal, blues, and doom built from the sonic imprint of bands like Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Manowar, and Rainbow. After issuing a string of well-received yet commercially inert LPs, the band went widescreen in 2008 with the release of Iron Will, which topped numerous critics’ year-end lists. Subsequent outings like Hammer of the North(2010), Triumph and Power (2014), and Wolf God (2019) continued to pair seismic stoner rock with anthemic, Norse-fueled power metal.

The seeds for Grand Magus were sewn when Janne “J.B.” Christoffersson (guitar/vocals), Mats “Fox” Skinner (bass), and Iggy (drums) began playing together as Smack in their native Stockholm circa 1996. By 1999, new drummer Fredrik “Trisse” Liefvendahl had joined up and a couple of praiseworthy three-song demos convinced the band to go pro and adopt a new name. Their choice, Grand Magus, was actually much more fitting with their sonic identity, which consisted of both ’70s hard rock and stoner rock influences and drew the attention of Rise Above label boss Lee Dorrian.

At the beginning of 2001, they entered the local Das Boot Studios with Dismember drummer Fred Estby acting as producer, emerging a few weeks later with a self-titled debut. The following year saw “J.B.” begin fronting fellow Swedish stoner metal enthusiasts Spiritual Beggars, while continuing to make Grand Magus a top priority — he would stay with the Beggars until 2010, when he was usurped by Greek vocalist Apostolos “Apollo” Papathanasio. Monument (2003) and Wolf’s Return (2005) saw Grand Magus moving toward a more traditional heavy metal approach while retaining the groove-laden attack of their debut. Trisse left the fold the following year, making space for new drummer Sebastian “Seb” Sippola, who made his studio debut on 2008’s acclaimed Iron Will. Having crystallized their signature “doom blues” sound, the band inked a deal with Roadrunner Records and issued their fifth long-player, the punishing Hammer of the North, in 2010. Sippola departed in 2012 to focus on family life and was replaced by Spiritual Beggars kit man Ludwig “Ludde” Witt. That same year saw the band move to Nuclear Blast and release The Hunt, followed by the majestic Triumph and Power in 2014. 2016’s Sword Songs, while still steeped in Norse fantasy metal, adopted a more muscular tone, as did 2019’s Wolf God. (Source)