The music really fits the theme. Even if they bemoan times long past and a mythology long out of fashion – the holy Roman church having taken over for some time now with some bloody vengeance too, by Loki. We are talking about Vikings and their doings, famous for invasions, violence and rape. This was a gore-laden time, but promising a lot of profit, if victorious. And they have been everywhere that could be reached on their little dragon boats. Perhaps the most famous actions being the invasions of the British isles back when the years were still counted in the hundreds and not the thousands.
The Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have been a stable brand in the Viking Metal genre, delivering a steady, if not somewhat repetitive, but always reliable mix of Death Metal infused Viking tales. And now with their 10th full length, they grace us with a first theme album called Jomsviking. What strikes me straight away is the more melodic approach to their music and – indeed – some clear voice passages. Johan Hegg impersonating multiple characters in this record. Sometimes this whole new style smacks off Insomnium with an edge. And Jomsviking delivers this stellar Melodic Death Metal brand that just keeps you fueled throughout the record and wanting more, gory as the story may indeed be. [...]