Jomsviking (album)

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Jomsviking
AmonAmarthJomsviking.jpg
Studio album by Amon Amarth
Released March 25, 2016 (2016-03-25)
Studio Backstage Productions, Derbyshire, England
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 52:08
Label Metal Blade
Producer Andy Sneap
Amon Amarth chronology
Deceiver of the Gods
(2013)Deceiver of the Gods2013
Jomsviking
(2016)

Jomsviking is the tenth studio album from Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth.[1] It was mixed and produced by Andy Sneap and released on March 25, 2016 through Metal Blade Records.[2][3]

Concept[edit]

This is the band's first concept album. Vocalist Johan Hegg described the concept of the album:

The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she's being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee — but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can't let go of the past. He feels that he's been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story.

— Johan Hegg, Blabbermouth

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com3.5/5 stars[5]
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Exclaim!7/10[7]
Metal Hammer3.5/5 stars[8]
PopMatters7/10 stars[9]
Sputnik Music4/5[10]
AntiHero Magazine3/5 stars[11]
Metal Injection9/10[12]

Writing for Exclaim!, Renee Trotier wrote that "while longtime fans might be a bit thrown off by some of the more melodic traditional metal elements throughout Jomsviking, the music is well suited to both the concept's narrative and a natural evolution of Amon Amarth's more well known style."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Amon Amarth.

No.TitleLength
1."First Kill"4:21
2."Wanderer"4:42
3."On a Sea of Blood"4:04
4."One Against All"3:37
5."Raise Your Horns"4:23
6."The Way of Vikings"5:11
7."At Dawn's First Light"3:50
8."One Thousand Burning Arrows"5:49
9."Vengeance Is My Name" (digibook edition bonus track)4:41
10."A Dream That Cannot Be" (featuring Doro Pesch)4:22
11."Back on Northern Shores"7:08
Total length:52:08

Credits[edit]

Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[13]

Personnel[edit]

Amon Amarth[edit]

Session musicians[edit]

  • Tobias Gustafsson − drums

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Doro Pesch − clean female vocals on "A Dream That Cannot Be"

Production[edit]

Visual art[edit]

  • Tom Thiel − cover art
  • Thomas Ewerhard − layout
  • Niclas Mortensen – additional artwork
  • John Lorenzi – additional artwork
  • Sam Didier – additional artwork
  • Christian Sloan Hall – additional artwork
  • Adi Kalingga – additional artwork
  • Thomas Ewerhard – additional artwork
  • Garip Jensen − photos, digital editing

Studios[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 15
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[17] 29
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 35
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[23] 25
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 22
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 30
US Billboard 200[28] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 31, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Amon Amarth Unveil New Album Details, Video + Tour Dates". Loudwire. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Amon Amarth To Release 'Jomsviking' Album In March; Watch 'First Kill' Video Right Now - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jomsviking by Amon Amarth". Metacritic. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Benson, Schuler (March 23, 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking Review About.com". Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Jomsviking Amon Amarth AllMusic review". Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Trotier, Renee (March 23, 2016). "Amon Amarth - Jomsviking". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ Dare, Tom (March 1, 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking - Review - Metal Hammer". Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ Beaudoin, Jedd (March 21, 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking Popmatters". Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ Tharp, Brett (March 29, 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking Sputnik". Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ Shatkowski, Randy (29 March 2016). "Album Review: AMON AMARTH - Jomsviking". antiheromagazine.com. AntiHero Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Amon Amarth Jomsviking Metal Injection". March 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Credits". Jomsviking (booklet). Amon Amarth. Sony Music. 2016. 88875060652. 
  14. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Amon Amarth Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Amon Amarth: Jomsviking" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums - SNEP (Semaine du 25 Mars)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  22. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2016. 13. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  24. ^ "VG-lista - Amon Amarth / Jomsviking". VG-lista. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  25. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Amon Amarth – Jomsviking". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  28. ^ "Amon Amarth Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 April 2016.