Praise the allfather! We have received a blessing in the name of Amon Amarth's ninth album. I'll be honest, they are getting to the point of you've heard one album, you've heard them all. It's not a bad thing though since they've all been consistently good. It shows why they're not only one of the biggest metal bands right now, but also why they're leading the Viking metal charge.
Both the instruments and vocals here are top notch with anthemic choruses and catchy riffs. Plus former Candlemass frontman Messiah Marcolin appears on the song "Hel". It's an odd combo but it works extremely well.
While you would think that the Viking metal scene as a whole would run out of ideas, these guys continue to keep their songs interesting. From the brutal "Blood Eagle" to the epic closer "Warriors Of The North" there is enough diversity and melody to make each track stand out. It is actually to the point of if someone asked me to tell them what song they should check out I'd have to tell them the whole album.
The only drawback is the fact that it does sound much like their past few albums. If you don't mind that though, this is definitely an album that needs to be heard.
Rating: 8 out of 10
"Warriors Of The North"