Jomsviking (album)

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Jomsviking
AmonAmarthJomsviking.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
StudioBackstage Productions, Derbyshire, England
GenreMelodic death metal
Length52:08
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerAndy Sneap
Amon Amarth chronology
Deceiver of the Gods
(2013)
Jomsviking
(2016)
Berserker
(2019)

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 25 March 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]
Sputnikmusic4/5[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 are 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
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
12."Death in Fire 2016"4:55
13."Death in Fire" (live)5:05
Total length:62:08

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]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Amon Amarth To Release 'Jomsviking' Album In March; Watch 'First Kill' Video Right Now - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
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  5. ^ Benson, Schuler (23 March 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking Review About.com". Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Jomsviking Amon Amarth AllMusic review". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b Trotier, Renee (23 March 2016). "Amon Amarth - Jomsviking". Exclaim!. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  8. ^ Dare, Tom (1 March 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking - Review - Metal Hammer". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  9. ^ Beaudoin, Jedd (21 March 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking Popmatters". Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  10. ^ Tharp, Brett (29 March 2016). "Amon Amarth Jomsviking Sputnik". Retrieved 29 March 2016.
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