After several newer records we can conclude that Twilight of the Thunder God (2008) and With Oden on Our Side (2006) are still standing as one of the best records when it comes to Amon Amarth. They have become classics. As the time has passed by the band has become more and more popular, very big, so today these Vikings stand as one of the most prominent bands at the metal scene.
Their latest effort Jomsviking stands as a sequel to their previous records, especially Deceiver of the Gods (2014). One could notice that the songs have become even more melodic, with a sort of traditional heavy metal vibe, some even remain on good-old Iron Maiden’s vibes. Perhaps a brand new album is better than previous one but the problem remains: Amon Amarth are unable to escape or to depart from once established style. Jomsviking has some good moments and songs like At the Dawns First Light where bands has successfully crafted and integrated new forms, but, however most of the songs contains material that we have already heard on many albums before. Everything stands ”perfect” from song-writing to well-polished production but, perhaps, this is the main problem since most of the songs has still predictable elements.
As a matter of fact Amon Amarth will continue to conquer us with amazing shows, but somehow, the band has lost some creativity though time and this has become quite noticeable with a brand new offering. Actually the most interesting thing now is how the next album will sound since they really need to do something fresh and new.
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