ARTIST:

AMON AMARTH

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

BERSERKER

(2019)
LABEL:

METAL BLADE RECORDS

GENRE:

DEATH METAL

TAGS:
Concept-album, Epic, Hovering, Low vocals, Melancholic
"Amon Amarth signs a conceptual disc that takes the listener on a journey with a certain epic force to the heart of the Berserker's adventures."
NOISE (08.05.2019)  
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The drakkar continues on its way and Amon Amarth remains solid against the wind. "Jomsviking" was a great album that allowed him to further increase his popularity, going far beyond the fans of melodic death metal to conquer a very large audience. His new baby was expected, the band is over 25 years old and we wondered if he was still able to move forward. This eleventh album is called "Berserker". The name is not unknown to the fans, Johan often wearing a t-shirt to the glory of the fawn warrior of the Nordic mythology. The cover features him in close-up and ready to fight.

The record can be listened to and discovered like a novel of epic adventures. Rougher and less direct than its predecessors, it forms a homogeneous block that requires a few listenings to soak it up, delivering an exciting journey to the heart of Viking life. There is often a dark and melancholic side to the songs, which combines well with their epic character. 'Crack The Sky', 'Raven's Flight' and 'Valkyria' are songs that make you want to fight, even if it is a losing battle. The titles are taken from the best of melodic death metal and carried by Johan's deep voice.

"Berserker" is an album full of panache, but also anger and despair. 'Mjoner', 'Hammer Of Thor' and 'Shield Wall' are gripping and dark with their old-fashioned death side that hurts. This panache is also part of 'Ironside' with its sweet intro melody, its classic direct side, its choruses and a well brought calm break. In this adventure novel idea there are also some chapters that stand out: 'Faner's Gold' and 'Into The Dark' are two perfect opening and closing tracks. The first one takes us into the story with a beautiful epic force while the second one is melancholic, full of violence and sadness. Finally 'The Berserker At Stamford Bridge' is a cinematic song that makes us follow the warrior with a strong epic side and unstoppable death power.

"'Berserker' is a dense and exciting album that shows a strong Amon Amarth, making us feel powerfully the pleasure he takes in telling the stories of the North, and the dive we take there is delicious.


More informations on http://www.amonamarth.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Fafner's Gold
02. Crack the Sky
03. Mjo?lner, Hammer of Thor
04. Shield Wall
05. Valkyria
06. Raven's Flight
07. Ironside
08. The Berserker at Stamford Bridge
09. When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails
10. Skoll and Hati
11. Wings of Eagles
12. Into the Dark

LINEUP:
Fredrik Andersson: Batterie
Johan Hegg: Chant
Johan Söderberg: Guitares
Olavi Mikkonen: Guitares
Ted Lundström: Basse
   
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NICO.
09/05/2019
 
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album sans saveur pour moi, c'est vraiment dommage.
aucune prise de risque, ils font ce qu'ils savent faire, mais là c'est vachement moins bien que sur les autres albums!!!!
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