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Amon Amarth Live Photo Review

November 27, 2022

The Andrew J Brady Music Center

25 Race Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Photos and Review by ~James Urban

Viking Metal made it to the shores of the Ohio river on a cold November night in the year of our Lord 2022. Landing in the village of Cincinnati at the Andrew J Brady Music Center for a metal show of epic proportions featuring Cattle Decapitation, Obituary, Carcass and head liners Amon Amarth.

As the crowd prepared for the onslaught, a curtain covered the stage building the suspense of what was to come. The lights dimmed as Viking runes began to appear and dance across the covering joining together in the center resulting in a flash of light and flames. As the curtain fell to the ground, a huge horned helmet drum riser seemed to rise out of the stage with flaming eyes to the rhythmic beat of an army. The musical battle began with the anthem “Guardians of Asgaard” blowing the crowd back on its heels. Statues of ancient warriors, stood guard at the back of the stage watching over the crowd in menacing fashion as to intimidate all in attendance.

Smoke began to rise from the stage as a dew-covered battlefield awakens by the sun, the band wielded their instruments like seasoned Warriors over powering their enemies. Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg took a shredding guitar attack while Ted Lundström and Jocke Wallgren added the thundering rhythm section of bass and drums playing the first song off the new album, “Oden Owns You All”.

The crowd did something that I have never seen before with a mosh pit. It formed and had been active in full metal fashion, but changed with the song “Put Your Back into the Oar”. The “Mosh Pit” turned into an “Oar Pit” and the crowd began to row in unison as Hegg sang on. He called out to them to put their backs into the oar and they went wild as the song came to an end.

The show was like an epic quest from beginning to end with songs off the new album, “The Great Heathen Army”, and “Get in the Ring” to fan favorites “Raven’s Flight” and “Raise Your Horns”. If the adventure lands on your shores, do not hesitate to join in to the Viking celebration. You will not be disappointed.

SETLIST: Guardians of Asgaard

Raven's Flight

Deceiver of the Gods

Oden Owns You All*

The Pursuit of Vikings

The Great Heathen Army*

Get in the Ring*

Destroyer of the Universe

Put Your Back Into the Oar

Cry of the Black Birds

The Way of Vikings

First Kill

Shield Wall

Raise Your Horns


Twilight of the Thunder God

Favorite 'FMR' Moments: \m/ \m/

During “Put Your Back Into the Oar” the crowd created a rowing pit and the whole floor seemed to be moving like the oarsmen on a Viking ship as the song told them to “Put Your Back Into the Oar”!

Amon Amarth is:

Olavi Mikkonen − lead guitar

Johan Hegg − vocals

Ted Lundström − bass

Johan Söderberg − rhythm guitar

Jocke Wallgren − drums

Opening Act(s):

Cattle Decapitation



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