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"Battle-ready anthems bustling with riffs weightier than a busload of sumo wrestlers."
We're getting 'loaded.
"Everyone's favourite Nordic bards have delivered their first ever concept album that tells the tale of a Viking mercenary and his quest for revenge."
"He joins up with a group of mercenary warriors called the Jomsvikings and eventually comes back home to get his revenge."
Amon Amarth could well be the most consistent band in metal today, with a career spanning nearly 20 years and a catalogue of quality death metal since delivered. Before their upcoming tenth release, 'Jomsviking', is released, vocalist Johan Hegg took the time to discuss the new record and the story behind the material.
Overall Deceiver Of The Gods proves that Surtur Rising was an aberration – Amon Amarth continue to deliver the goods.
Few modern metal acts balance aggression, sheer visceral thrills and memorable hooks more effectively than the Swedish quintet.
“In these myths the fire giant Surtr helps to bring about Ragnarok – the events that lead to the end of the world."
It's a testament to a band's ability when even after 20 years and eight studio albums, they are still converting new fans with every new release. Amon Amarth's last two albums have been some of the most important metal releases in the last decade, powerful, melodic and insanely aggressive, continually exploring the theme of Norse mythology and Vikings in lyrics and imagery. Now, with just-released Surtur Rising, they have bettered themselves again and have received unanimous praise from fans and critics alike. Vocalist and long-time member Johan Hegg sat down with us to tell us all about it.