ARTIST:

AMON AMARTH

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

THE GREAT HEATHEN ARMY

(2022)
LABEL:

METAL BLADE RECORDS

GENRE:

DEATH METAL

TAGS:
Epic, Old School, Rasping vocals
"With "The Great Heathen Army", Amon Amarth returns to a more classic sound with a good balance between brute force and epic melodies."
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"Berserker" had changed Amon Amarth's habits, proposing with the help of a new producer a less direct and more progressive record. Although correct, the result had surprised and disconcerted some fans, especially because of a rougher sound. Three years have passed and the Vikings are back with "The Great Heathen Army". Andy Sneap is at the helm for an album evoking the great Danish army that wreaked havoc in England and Europe in the 9th century.

Endowed with a federative cover with the members of the band in front of an army ready to give the assault, the disc gives the impression of a will of a return to the sources. What is striking is the emphasis on a more death metal sound in the first part of the album. Amon Amarth is mean and rough. Johan offers a very guttural vocal that seems to come straight from the underworld. The music is snarling and old school, leaving room for melody only on some soli.

Then, as the album progresses, Amon Amarth spreads its melodic panoply. He finds the tone of albums like "Surtur Rising" or "Deceiver Of The Gods". 'Heidrun', 'Find A Way Or Male One' and 'Skagul Rides With Me' are carved in an efficient melodic mold through heavy riffs and stunning soli. It emerges from them a great epic force, the one which gives desire to go to war, the fist raised, thanks to federative choruses. Finally, the meeting on 'Saxons And Vikings' between Johan the Nordic and Biff Byford (who logically plays the Saxon) gives place to an intense vocal fight on a background of warlike and epic melody giving the shiver.

With "The Great Heaten Army", Amon Amarth finds a more classic sound but avoids the simple repetition. He offers a rich record in the form of a beautiful anthology of his career between raw strength and epic melodies.


More informations on http://www.amonamarth.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Get In the Ring
02. The Great Heathen Army
03. Heidrun
04. Oden Owns You All
05. Find a Way or Make One
06. Dawn of Norsemen
07. Saxons And Vikings
08. Skagul Rides With Me
09. The Serpent's Trail

LINEUP:
Fredrik Andersson: Batterie
Johan Hegg: Chant
Johan Söderberg: Guitares
Olavi Mikkonen: Guitares
Ted Lundström: Basse
Biff Byford: Chant / Invité
   
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