After two decades of unstoppable success, Amon Amarth
has become synonymous with both melodeath and Vikings. That's a position of notoriety anyone would love to find themselves in, but Amon Amarth
isn't content to stop trying; the band took a risk and introduced Jomsviking
, a concept album, and one that incorporates some new stylistic approaches. Follow the titular Jomsviking in his journey into manhood, through bloodshed, through despair, through love, and eventually into death while the mighty Amon Amarth
thunders volcanically through song after song. This album may not sound entirely like the others, but "At Dawn's First Light" and "One Thousand Burning Arrows" are instant classics, and the earth-shattering "Back On Northern Shores" might just be the best finisher Amon Amarth
has ever had. ›› Full review...