Amon Amarth Setlist
Amon Amarth recently released their tenth studio album Jomsviking and proved why they are at the top of the "viking metal" game. What makes "viking metal" stand out from all of the other various subgenres of metal music is that the lyrics are about vikings. Another difference I have noticed from going to so many "viking metal" shows is that the music has this feeling of being royal. Maybe "royal" isn't the right word to use but I truly can't think of a better one. The music has this sense of power and confidence behind it. No band displays this power and confidence better than Amon Amarth.
Jomsviking is the band's first concept record in their career. It tells the tragic tale of love and revenge but don't let that have you thinking this band has lost their heavy metal edge. Even with the beautiful storytelling, the music is still just as heavy as it has been for the past albums.
The music Amon Amarth plays is heavier than heavy. The guitars are enough to overpower any vocalist but somehow Johan Hegg (the singer) is able to rise above them. His voice powers through the sweeping guitars and driving drum beats but that doesn't help you understand any of the words he's saying. Although he's singing in English majority of the time, it all kind of ends up sounding like gibberish just like majority of the death metal music out there. Johan cracked a little joke when he asked the audience to sing along. He said that even if we didn't know the lyrics, it didn't matter... you can't understand them anyway... it's death metal!
The crowd loved every single song that Amon Amarth played. It didn't matter if it was just a few months old and from their new album, or a classic that has been around since the band's inception in the late 90's, (the band actually started in the early 90's but under a different name) the audience was going crazy to see this Swedish metal band in such an intimate venue. The crowd's aggression matched the fury of the music. There was shoving and pushing but in the most polite way possible. Nobody was out there trying to hurt anyone else and when a drink was spilled, there were a thousand apologizes to make up for the spilt drink.
Remaining US tour dates:
5/16/2016 The Commodore - Vancouver, BC
5/17/2016 Showbox Market - Seattle, WA
5/18/2016 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
5/20/2016 The Warfield - San Francisco, CA
5/21/2016 The Wiltern Theater - Los Angeles, CA
Amon Amarth at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (10 May 2016)