| Megarock Records | Release Date: 25th Mar 2016
Critic score distribution:
I doubt we’ll ever see a day where Amon does a tender ballad, at least I hope not, but the fact they’re stepping up their melodic game is a nice touch.
This is the most mature and inspired album Amon Amarth has released – I implore you to buy a copy and I dare you not to fall in love with it.
With tons of brilliant headbanging moments and superbly catchy riffs, Amon Amarth has managed to release an album that is both 100% Amon Amarth and at the same time a bit different to keep the listeners fully engaged and interested.
Jomsviking is fierce in pretty much every sense of the word, and if you don’t give it its due respect, it will crush you.
“Jomsviking” is a definite return to classic form while expanding their ideas and sound in the process.
With Jomsviking, the Viking invasion marches proudly on into new territories.
It is both aggressive and greatly celebratory. And celebrate they should, as ‘Jomsviking’ stands among their best “in death, in glory,” and in the band’s rich legacy.
There are beards. There’s brutality. But there are also a lot of surprises from a band who are often unfairly pegged as a meat and potatoes death metal act.
With ten albums bobbing in the red wake behind them, there's little reason to think that Amon Amarth will ever change their stripes -- and why should they?
Amon Amarth are never going to make Jazz fusion record or hugely surprise us; but what they do offer is continuous refinement and subtle evolution, and Jomsviking if further evidence that Amon Amarth are still a huge and creative entity.
Amon Amarth has been steadily succumbing to softer production and less inventive songwriting, each successive album lacking something more. I can't say that Jomsviking reverses this trend, but Amon Amarth has pulled out some new tricks so as to at least slow its descent and plateau into tepid stability.
Amon Amarth is one of the best in the business and they’ve got an album with eleven new songs to prove that to you.
The Swedish outfit has returned with a concept record of epic proportions.
It's still a heavy, sweaty, battle-filled outing, but with the higher production values, there's a little less blood this time around.
Jomsviking may be AMON AMARTH's most adventurous album, but it's still very much an AMON AMARTH album. And that means plenty of bludgeon, bombast and mayhem, no matter how you slice it.
Unfortunately, the story which its protagonists have sought to recount has lost a lot of its original passion and pathos in its retelling, with the result being like erasing the Mona Lisa’s smile: a potential masterpiece despoiled.