“The Pursuit of Vikings”

The mighty Vikings themselves, Amon Amarth.

In April of this year, I made a discovery, one comparable to the Viking discovery of North America—nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus—in its magnitude: I found the wickedly awesome metal of Amon Amarth, a Norse-inspired, Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, Sweden. How did I find them, you ask? Well, I receive constant emails listing bands coming through my little burg. One such email advertised these guys, and displayed the image you see to the right of this text. I thought, “They look mean and cool simultaneously. I wonder what they sound like.” So, I checked out a couple of songs. Wow! I couldn’t believe the powerful music to which I was listening. It was as if Thor repackaged his lightning bolts as songs and sent them to my waiting eardrums.

On top of their masterful metal, they also appealed to my geek sensibilities: Amon Amarth is an alternative name for Mount Doom, Mordor’s mountain of fire from Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Amon Amarth is, without a doubt, one of the best bands I’ve come across since Iron Maiden. I love so many of their heavy melodies—to the point where I listened exclusively to them every day for several consecutive months—but if I had to pick a fave, it’d unquestionably be The Pursuit of Vikings. And without further ado…

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