We follow with three bands this week to see how their latest releases strike us. Do they hold our attention and have us defending them? Or do we want to break free and move on with our lives?
Amon Amarth – Berserker (Metal Blade)
Grand Magus – Wolf God (Nuclear Blast)
October Tide – In Splendor Below (Agonia)
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October Tide – In Splendor Below
Congrats, Brian! I guess it’s better to be one week early for your wedding instead of being a week late.
I’ve been enjoying Berserker by Amon Amarth. I pretty much agree with everything you said about it. There are a few things to nitpick about Berserker, and not much that makes it better than the top Amon Amarth albums. I don’t have a problem with their lyrical content not evolving, but to add to Nick’s point about the lyrics, the chorus of song “Crack the Sky” has the lyrics “Thor, let your hammer fly”. The very next song on the album is called “Mjölner, Hammer of Thor”. They could have at least tracked the album so those two songs don’t happen next to each other. But beyond that, it’s still a 4 of an album and one that I want to listen to right now.
Thanks Bob! I was to everything on time, btw.
I have to agree about the tracking note you pointed out. The first time hearing it, it really confused because I thought I had the song name wrong (in my head). And now every other time, I wonder why they didn’t track it differently.