Amon Amarth (Ted Lundstrom)
The Swedish Vikings are back with the new effort "Surtur Rising" and still strikes the hammer of Thor against all eternal enemies of the Aesir. Ted Lundstrom, tattooed bassist of the band, has revealed us all the secrets behind the scenes of the new platter made ​​in Amon Amarth. Happy reading!
Article by Davide Panzeri - Publish on: 01/04/11

Hello Ted!  First of all, how are you? Are you nervous for the upcoming new release?

Hello Davide! you know, you are always a little bit nervous when you have an album coming up, especially since the expectations are high after the success of our previous album “Twilight Of The Thunder God”. But it feels good right now and it seems like people like it.

Would you like to tell us what were the changes from the previous album? (if something changed)

It is a classic Amon Amarth album, but we tried to make it a bit wider this time by making the fast songs a bit more aggressive and the epic songs a bit more epic. Soundwise, we aimed for a more raw sound with more guitars and bass in the mix and also more natural sounding drums.

 

For those who do not know: who is Surtur and why he’s rising?

Surtur is a fire giant in Norse mythology, there are not too much information about him, but he is around in the beginning of time, when the world was created and he was also a big part of destroying the world in the end at Ragnarök/Armageddon. I guess the rising refers to him coming to the final battle to fight the gods.

I admit, I'm a huge fan of yours, and now I have graciously accepted the new direction taken by the band. But "Surtur Rising" seemed slightly subdued than its  predecessors. Maybe it's the lack of the surprise element? In short, you are entitled to continue on your way, but something missed in my opinion..

 

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We'll we had a lot of surprises in our last album and we knew people would expect us to do something on this album too, so we decided to skip any guests or other things and just do a straight forward metal album. We might try some new stuff for the next album, but we are very pleased with this recording.

What has changed since 1992 for you? Did you expect to reach such a successful world-class? Do you remember anything about that period?

The biggest change has been the fact that we can live of the music now, this is something we always dreamed of, but never really thought would happen since we play a quite extreme form of metal. But the music scene always evolves, and something that was impossible ten years ago, might be totally possible today.
I have many good memories from our career and I wouldn't dream of get rid of any of them, they are what formed us as a band.

I noticed unfortunately that during your live show you’re giving less and less space to old tracks. Why don’t you play more songs from i.e. "Once Sent From The Golden Hall"? Why not a nice "Ride for Vengeance" instead of "Victorious March"?


The problem is that a majority of our fans today have started to listen to us at later time so when we play old songs most people don't know them. We always try to make everybody happy but it is difficult, this is one of the reasons we releasing our “Bochum shows”, to give something to fans that enjoy the older material and to get newer fans into the songs.

Honestly, are you tired playing "Death in Fire"?

Sometimes it can feel a bit boring, but most of the time you are in a stage mood and the energy and reaction from the audience makes it fun to play. I don't play for myself, but all the fans that come to the shows. Think about Lemmy and the guys in Motorhead playing “Ace Of Spades” all the time :)

Which was the best and worst gig you've done?


I have many gigs on my best-list, but a few gigs worth mentioning are, the shows we did at Wacken, our “boat shows” at Summerbreeze. The worst might have been a gig we did in Detroit a few years back when everything that could go wrong went wrong. It was a horrible gig but we learned a few things from that show that we have had use for later.

 

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Now you have passed the status of a great band, how has it changed the relationship you have with the Internet? Now social networking sites are a great way to promote yourself and piracy is always lurking around the corner. What about you?

Internet is both good and bad in my opinion, we have had great help from the net but we also have the backside as you mention. We have a reality where the record label don't dare to send promos to the press just because of the risk that the album will leak. The album will leak sooner or later anyhow, it is just a battle to keep it from the net as long as possible.

Ok, that's all, thank you for your time. Want to greet Italian fans and our readers? Jag Hälsar er, Vikingar! Skål!

Thank you very much and hope to see all you crazy Italian vikings next time we're in town. Skål




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