Drummer Fredrik Andersson Leaves Amon Amarth

Drummer Fredrik Andersson Leaves Amon Amarth
Viking metal mainstays Amon Amarth are undergoing lineup changes, with the band having announced today (March 19) that longtime drummer Fredrik Andersson has left the band.

The news arrived through the Amon Amarth's Facebook page, where it was explained that the drummer and the band have decided to part ways after having spent the last 17 years together.

"Fredrik has been an important part of Amon Amarth's development since he joined the band in 1998 and we wish him all the best for the future," the act said in a statement, adding of their future plans, "We are currently in the process of writing the new album, but at the moment there is no replacement for him."

Shortly after the band's announcement, Andersson posted a message about his departure on his personal Facebook page. He confirmed that he's no longer a part of Amon Amarth, but didn't add any specifics on why he'd left the project. 

"I will not answer any questions about why or how simply because it's private," he said. "I want to thank everyone that I've met, both fans and business related through Amon Amarth, it's been my pleasure. It's been a long sweet ride but now it's time for something new."

Though he's dropped out of Amon Amarth, the Swedish skinsman will be heard sometime soon on the next LP from This Ending. The metal band recently wrapped up recording sessions for their next album, and Andersson says they "will look into releasing that somehow during this year."

During his 17-year stint with Amon Amarth, Andersson toured the world and recorded eight albums, the last of which being 2013's Deceiver of the Gods.