Review by Adam M on June 26, 2019.
Amon Amarth have been churning out their epic blend of melodic death metal for a while now. They had started to be falling into a rut of putting out uninteresting albums compared to their best work. This album, Beserker I believe is somewhat of a return to form for the band. The albums With Oden On Our Side and Twilight of the Thunder Gods had this sort of heroic aspect that was mixed with melody to craft a really memorable experience. I believe this album emulates this style more than their last few albums which have come up a bit short in my opinion.
Songs like Raven’s Flight have the proper amount of catchiness and impact to become ingrained in your mind and these aspects are more omnipresent than on their previous few releases. The band performs viking influenced melodic death metal and they have the more traditional aspects of their music in fine form here. The songs bleed a viking trait that is very welcoming and adds to the music. It still doesn’t equal their two fine works previously mentioned in this review, but it’s a nice kick back to good times. You will feel good listening to Amon Amarth’s music and this is a trait that I feel was missing in recent releases. The passion is back and Amon Amarth is churning out quality melodic death metal again.
What could be improved upon? If the band wants to succeed in the future they could mix things up and attempt to be more progressive. This will prevent them from becoming stale. I was satisfied with this disc, but it’s not as good as the best melodic death metal releases I’ve heard this year by Bloodred Hourglass and Black Therapy. Berserker is still a postive step in the right direction for the band.
Rating: 7.4 out of 1089