Berserker is the eleventh studio album by the Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth. It was released on 3 May 2019. The album was produced by Jay Ruston and marks the first album by the band to feature drummer Jocke Wallgren, who joined the band in 2016.
Let’s start with a few confessions about Amon Amarth, before we present to you their brand new work. They are one of the best bands of our time. They’ve managed to become successful, even by using brutal vocals. You always know what to expect every time they release something new. They kick ass live as well. From all those, I will specifically mention the fact that they have established their sound, which is also a fact in their brand new album. I can think of a lot of favorite bands, yet rip offs of AC/DC and Running Wild that have written history without presenting something particularly new. The thing in those cases is of course, the quality of their songs – while it exists, they will get a lot more recognition. In “Berserker”, this course is completed. There are of course some good and bad moments during the one-hour length of the album, between those twelve tracks.They still manage to write songs that can create pure panic in their concerts, though, combining melody and a warlike mood. Those are the things that catch your ear in the first place and make you play the songs on repeat. This tension grows bigger here, since they try to embrace heavy and power elements a little more, in contrast to death metal, which only the vocals have still remained from in some harsh moments. Berserker is natural consequence of Jomsviking, which I think is quite weak in some places. I don’t need to specially mention the lyrical part, since their themes along with their unique sound is what makes the band’s DNA. Despite of Berseker’s undoubted value, it’s important to mention that every new Amon Amarth record is a high-class chance for a show in Greece.
Below you hear it in its entirety via Metal Blade Records official YouTube Channel: