Label: Metal Blade Records – 3984-15199-2
Released: June 24, 2014
Style: Death Metal
Amon Amarth’s 9th studio album. One that sees them diving headlong into their most melodic aspects. The music has become a touch formulaic, but extremely well honed. Rather than being melodic death metal, Amon Amarth is death metal, which happens to be melodic. Hegg’s brutal growls leave no wiggle room in defining this as anything but death metal, along with the deep, crushing guitar tone, and double-bass filled drum beats. What has always been Amon Amarth’s strength and signature, is their poignant melodic guitar melodies that are as heroic as they are sorrowful, and leave the band’s overall sound as melodic as it is brutal. What the band has done here is add a flavor of classic heavy metal in the spirit of Judas Priest with tremendous results, and refined the blending of vicious and bittersweet to virtual perfection.
Recommended for fans of Manegarm, King Of Asgard, Kalmah, Arch Enemy, Insomnium.