Title: JomsvikingLabel: Metal Blade
albums into a distinguished career, you would think Amon
Amarth would be running out of ways to write around Viking
and Norse sagas with their distinctive brand of melodic
death metal. WRONG!! ‘Jomsviking’ packs more clout
than an axe to the skull and is undoubtedly Amon’s finest
work since ‘Twilight of the Thunder God’.
starters, it is packed with rousing metal anthems with every
track downright kicking arse. The Swede metallers have not
deviated from their trademark sound but have evolved it
adding a mightier dose of melody with a brilliant
storytelling concept. Album opener ‘First Kill’
sets the tone with meaty riffs, catchy melodies and anthemic
choruses. All the remaining tracks follow this
blueprint and are all just as memorable as the last.
Standout songs such as ‘One Against All’ and my favorite
‘The Way of Vikings’ had my head banging at full
speed. Concluding as strong as it started with the
slick ‘Back on Northern Shores’ wrapped up this titanic
‘Jomsviking is classic Amon Amarth and is a must buy for 2016. This behemoth of an album is certainly going to be in my top 10 at the end of the year!
Review by: Rob Herald
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