Reviewed by : Sean "The Asian Invasion" Harris
Amon Amarth is a band that really needs no introduction. They have been one of the forefront bands of melodic death for years and they don't show signs of slowing down any time soon.
"Jomsviking" is now upon us and it's definitely a different angle for the band. It's their very first attempt at a concept album and a great one at that. It's a tragic and dramatic look at a story of the history of Jomsvikings.
Says Johan Hegg, lead vocalist of Amarth, " It's a pretty simple story where a young man is in love with a girl but unfortunately she's being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee," … "But he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can't let go of the past. He feels that he's been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The story of the Jomsviking is the background – it's the way he finds to go back and claim his revenge. The way the story evolves is not a happy story… it's a tragedy, I guess! But I like sad endings, because they're the ones that affect you the most."
Now because I knew the story going in, it allowed me to enjoy the album even more. The music is on par with pretty much everything they've done in the past. Johan's growling vocals are as fierce as ever, the guitars are ripping and the overall sound is very pleasing to the listeners ears.
Doro Pesch makes an appearance in the track 'A Dream That Cannot Be.' She portrays the woman that this whole story is about and she adds yet another amazing layer to the product. Her beautiful sounds mixed with Hegg's piercing vocals make for an auditory experience that is unmatched.
'First Kill', the opening track, paints a very violent picture on how that original murder takes place. It's my favorite song on the release and lays the groundwork for the rest of this masterpiece.
This is absolutely one of Amon Amarth's finest hours and you have to make it a priority to grab this album a soon as you can. A sure fire hit.
A very solid 4.5 / 5.
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