Amon Amarth, Surtur Rising (VIA Loud, AV Club)

Amon Amarth play the Beacham, Saturday, April 29th.

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After 2008’s high-reaching, guest-star-packed Twilight Of The Thunder God, Swedish Viking-metal masters Amon Amarth were left with a lot of expectations to deliver a worthy follow-up. Leaner, harsher, edgier, and even less compromising, the group’s new full-length, Surtur Rising, is every inch a victory. From the pitted shields and raised fists of “War Of The Gods” to the creeping, elemental plod of “Doom Over Dead Man,” the album is simply mythic in scope and merciless in execution. Insert all the overused Valhalla analogies you want—Surtur Rising is one more bloody-bladed conquest in Amon Amarth’s steady march toward immortality.