Amon Amarth: Drummer split felt like divorce

Amon Amarth guitarist Olavi Mikkonen says splitting with drummer Fredrik Andersson was like going through a divorce.

The sticksman split with the band after 17 years in March last year for “private reasons.

Mikkonen tells Wikimetal: “I don’t really want to go into details regarding Fredrik, but basically, we just separated. It’s kind of like a marriage that doesn’t work, and you get divorced. And that’s kind of what happened to our band.

“But we’re going to take it quite easy. We’ve been together for so many years, and it’s really difficult to find this new guy to come in and be part of the band. But, whoever it’s going to be, it’s going to be good. So I have no worries.”

Frontman Johan Hegg said earlier this month that the band were still hunting for Andersson’s permanent replacement – despite calling in Vomitory drummer Tobias Gustafsson to record their latest album Jomsviking. It’s out on March 25 and is available to pre-order.

They’ll trial an unnamed drummer on their 2016 tour dates, which includes an appearance at the Download festival on June 12.

Amon Amarth feature in the latest edition of Metal Hammer magazine, out now in print, digital and via TeamRock+.


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