[ALBUM REVIEW] Amon Amarth – Berserker

Berserker tracklist:

Fafner’s Gold
Crack the Sky
Mjolner, Hammer of Thor
Shield Wall
Valkyria
Raven’s Flight
Ironside
The Berserker at Stamford Bridge
We Can Set Our Sails
When Once Again
Wings of Eagles
Into the Dark

 Reviewed by Mitch Charlton

Grab your sword and shield and meet me in the shield wall! Amon Amarth are back with another raid across the seven seas with a brand-new album, Berserker!

Berserker doesn’t let down at all, it has a crystal-clear mix so you can take in all melodies and riffs being played. Amon Amarth includes a fair amount of twin guitar work in their songwriting like the tracks Mjolner, Hammer of Thor, Raven’s Flight and Ironside and you would need to make sure that they come out perfectly to get their full effect. Their albums have a distinct sound to them that as soon as you hear the first notes of a riff, you instantly know who you are listening to, you can either put that down to the guitar tones that they use or the mix of the albums, it’s always the Amon Amarth sound.

With an Amon Amarth album, there aren’t many surprises anymore, it’s like Slayer, you don’t mess with the recipe. They have their target audience; they know what their fans like and what they want from their music. Berserker is a great album from start to finish, I wanted to go out and search for Fafner’s Gold with them but this album won’t be for you if you’re expecting the band to go in another direction or trying something different.

In classic Amon Amarth fashion, the lyrics are tales of Dragons, the Gods, battles and the mighty halls of Valhalla, which makes these songs perfect to be sung around a fire while drinking (which most of us have done at some point to their previous albums anyway) like the times of old. This band has that air of authenticity about them, coming from the country whose past created these tales, it just wouldn’t have the same effect on people if these types of lyrics were sung by an Australian or American band.

Mjolner, Hammer of Thor would have to be one of my favourite tracks from the band now, it’s up there with Twilight of the Thunder God or Guardians of Asgard. It has everything you would want, killer riffs, solid drums behind, catchy chorus and a wicked solo. This is song had me headbanging from the get-go and singing along by the end. The singles released for this album Raven’s Flight and Crack the Sky had a creative delivery with an overlying story for both clips. Make sure to go check them out after reading.

This album has plenty of chances for crowd chants and will be great for the live circuit. Amon Amarth always have the stage in mind when writing and it definitely shows when you see them live and in action.

VIKINGS RAISE THE SHIELDWALL, HOLD THE FRONT LINE, FIGHT TILL DEATH!

On May 3rd, Amon Amarth will release their 11th full-length, Berserker, via Sony Music Australia. 

PRE-ORDER BERSERKER HERE