The tenth studio effort from Amon Amarth, Jomsviking, was released today to the delight of vikings everywhere.
This album is different from what Amon Amarth fans will expect. No tracks on the album are like “Guardians of Asgaard” or “Cry Of The Blackbirds.”Be prepared for the expansions of their sound, because that’s exactly what Jomsviking delivers.
Jomsviking is a concept album, which is new for Amon Amarth. It tells the story of a viking desperate to win back the love of his crush, after he is sent away for committing murder. Unfortunately, his lady has been promised to someone else – and she seems to want nothing to do with the viking any longer. “First Kill” sets the scene for the story.
“The first man I killed was the earl’s right-hand man
When he came to take her away
I ran his own sword straight through his throat
And then I stood there, watching him fade”
Obviously, Amon Amarth‘s trademark brutal lyrics are still present in Jomsviking, so fans won’t be disappointed. When we hear the female side of the story in “A Dream That Cannot Be” we’re treated to a guest appearance from Doro.
“I feel him near
The boy estranged has now returned
A full grown man, but still I fear that nothing’s changed
He simply does not understand”
How does the saga end? Well, you’ll have to find out!
Overall, this album is a different Amon Amarth, but that shouldn’t scare hardcore fans. They’re still just as brutal. They are expanding their sound with more melodic guitar bits (see the solo in “The Wanderer”), a concept/story, and by adding female vocals. All of that contributes to the perfect cocktail of a modern viking saga.
See the tracklist here:
1. First Kill
3. On A Sea Of Blood
4. One Against All
5. Raise Your Horns
6. The Way Of Vikings
7. At Dawn’s First Light
8. One Thousand Burning Arrows
9. Vengeance Is My Name
10. A Dream That Cannot Be
11. Back On Northern Shores