It’s been three long years since Viking metal icons Amon Amarth unleashed their album Berserker unto the world, and in that time we’ve lived inside for a couple of years, waiting to see what they’d do next – and here we are with a brand new album announcement from the lads!
The band’s 12th studio outing is titled The Great Heathen Army and is set for release on August 5th via Metal Blade Records. Lead single (and opening track) ‘Get In The Ring‘ kicks off slowly, easing us into a fight for our lives with a killer drum and riff introduction before frontman Johan Hegg‘s growls return to your ears and you’re instantly captivated. This is a song for the old school metalheads among us. There’s plenty of solos, power metal instrumentals and death metal growls that’ll send chills up your spine if listened to at full volume.
On the new album, Johan adds:
“Overall ‘The Great Heathen Army’ is one of the heavier albums we’ve made. There are some dark and heavy songs that are really powerful and in-your-face, but we obviously have some trademark melodic Amon Amarth songs on there as well, and a few surprises too. It’s a really well-balanced album. It sounds great. Andy Sneap is awesome. It was great to be able to work with him again.”
Welcome back to our fav Vikings!
Words by Paul ‘Browny’ Brown (@brownypaul)
Stream ‘Get in The Ring‘ here
Pre-order The Great Heathen Army here
Amon Amarth – The Great Heathen Army tracklisting
1. Get In the Ring
2. The Great Heathen Army
4. Oden Owns You All
5. Find a Way or Make One
6. Dawn of Norsemen
7. Saxons and Vikings
8. Skagul Rides With Me
9. The Serpent’s Trail
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