Amon Amarth is Going To Tell You to Row: You Should

Amon Amarth, the melodic death metal sensation is returning to the US, opening for Ghost and you better get on that rowing machine at Equinox before you come to the show, because there's going to be work to do in the pit.

The growling long-haired Swedes look like they're en route to a dirty beard convention in Asgaard. And on stage they rock. Drummer Jocke Wallgren seems more impressed with groove than speed. Guitarists Ted Lundström and Olavi Mikkonen can provide the dual six string attack when necessary. But all eyes are on frontman Johan Hegg whose tales of Middle Earth are eclipsed only by his commands. 

Which commands? Well, when they play the title track of 2022's Put Your Back Into The Oar, you will be expected to get your booty on the dirty floor. And when Hegg grunts ROW, you should obey.

The Greeks got the memo. The audience of the Live Release festival get to rowing in Athens on June 28, 2023 during "Put Your Back Into The Oar."

Despite all the Norse imagery and Viking themes, the band would rather not be called Viking metal because they don't want to be lumped in with some of the other bands in that genre who embrace hate groups and extreme politics.

Amon Amarth, after all, is Elvish from a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. They're just Lord of the Rings nerds who know how to shred.

Fans at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA getting their row on in late 2022.

But, beware the rowing phenomen is growing. Even though the tune live debuted less than a year ago, fans in the scene have been captured doing the move without being ordered, and at least once at someone else's show.

British fans of Amon Amarth start rowing during a Motionless show.

The alternative Ohio band Motionless in White was minding its own business trying to rock when a rowing pit broke out at its gig in March in Leeds, UK.

Get your tickets for the US tour at Ghost's website

Tour dates for Ghost + Amon Amarth 2023

Ghost and Amon Amarth come to America this summer.

August 2 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
4 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
5 Airway Heights, WA – BECU Live at Northern Quest
7 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
8 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
11 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
12 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
14 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
15 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
16 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
18 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
19 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
20 Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
22 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
23 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
24 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
25 Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
27 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
29 Simpsonville, SC – CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
30 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
31 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

September 2 - The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
3 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
5 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
8 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
11 Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum

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