Amon Amarth – Berserker

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Amon Amarth – Berserker
Metal Blade Records (North America)/Sony Music (International)
Release Date: 03/05/2019
Running Time: 56:35
Review by Tsarina Wilson

Amon Amarth’s eleventh full-length “Berserker” is a non-stop beast of an album with killer riffs, growling vocals and more energy than ten well known energy drinks and if you’re not headbanging by the end, I think you need to look into your choice of musical taste!

The band, which consists of Johan Hegg on vocals, Ted Lundstrom on bass, Johan Soderberg on guitar, Olavi Mikkonen also on guitar and Jocke Wallgren on Drums definitely knows how to pack a punch into an album.

Each track is its own mini story with awesome drumming and guitar riffs. Hegg’s gravel voice is epic, yet, unlike a lot of bands of this genre, you can still understand him which is a blessing as the power that goes into all the tracks would be lost and that would be a shame. These fast and heavy songs have brutal melodies whilst not missing a beat and go into some of the craziest riffs I have heard in a while.

The Swedish band recorded the album in Los Angeles with renowned studio guru Jay Ruston (Anthrax/Stone Sour) manning the controls and it was after recording several rounds for the new songs (initially with fellow Swedish metal icon Peter Tagtgren and later with Ruston himself) the band crossed the Atlantic to make the final recording in LA.

The track “The Berserker At Stamford Bridge” is a visceral but vivid historical tale, recounting the Vikings last stand against the English army in 1066 and with epic lyrics such as “Englishmen, I am waiting here, in my heart I know not one ounce of fear”, it conjures images in your head of a Viking stood tall and strong, wielding a axe not scared of death one bit.

Johan Hegg says that this is Amon Amarth 2.0 and I must agree. This album is so intense and powerful. Why would a band want to just keep going over and over the same things? Fans would soon wander off, so the fact they plan to explore themselves musically is only going to benefit us fans and they certainly are a band who wants to please the fans as well as themselves.

Hegg admits he has (and I quote) “the best fucking job in the word” and you can tell this by the album. They are not a band who just put lyrics to music and bang out album after album. There is a definite vibe in the album, a passion, a dynamic which has the hairs on the back of your neck on edge. It’s like listening to a metal story book and you need to keep listening to find out the next chapter.

Amon Amarth give it 100% and it shows, even the album cover is epic.

What can I say? Impressed? Yes! Love it? Hell yes! These guys give it hell.

01. Fafner’s Gold
02. Crack The Sky
03. Mjolner, Hammer Of Thor
04. Shield Wall
05. Valkyria
06. Ravens Flight
07. Ironside
08. The Berserker At Stamford Bridge
09. When Once Again We Can Set Our Sails
10. Skoll ans Hati
11. Wings Of Eagles
12. Into The Darkness



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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Melodic Death Metal band As I Destruct. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Matthew Marotti, lead guitarist from As I Destruct. Our old band was called Quaero Verum. No one knew how to say it, let alone spell it. So we decided a makeover was in order.

How did you come up with your band name?

Luke liked it and really pushed for it. Also anyone familiar with “Threat Signal” knows that the song kicks major arse!

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from Australia. The metal scene here is diverse, with a lot of young hungry bands really up for the task. The competitive nature and drive to bring metal heads together resonates throughout our lovely, ageing population.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest album is called “From Fear to Oblivion”. We have so far released two singles from the album. The tracks are ‘Redemption’ and ‘A Question of Faith’.
‘A Question of Faith’ has its very own film clip, done by the people at Against the Grain Studios. They did a fantastic job. We highly recommend that you go and check the video out on YouTube. They didn’t even pay me to say that!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mine personally that have shaped the sound for this particular record is Nevermore, Hypocrisy, Old Man’s Child and my dad’s awesome record collection. We are talking growing up on the original vinyl’s of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Dio. That was until my younger brother took all the records out of the sleeves and smooshed them against our old tiled floors! I hate to imagine how much they would be worth today.

What first got you into music?

Growing up in my old house I was always surrounded by music. During the day, my Mum would play stuff from Taylor Dayne, Madonna and Cher while my Dad at night would blast stuff from Richie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi.
I did enjoy Dad’s taste in music a little more. Though Mum’s selection would have helped me more with the ladies…

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

If I didn’t say Jeff Loomis I probably would be lying. The guy’s a total freak.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Download Festival. It is the only heavy metal festival that took a chance on Australia when no one else would, post-Soundwave. It would be a dream to play in front of a big crowd in my hometown.
I guess a girl can dream…

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

My mates bring their partners to shows, so their patience of sitting through our show might be the biggest gift of all? Right?

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks for your support. You don’t realise that every time someone tells me the album is awesome what that does for me. Nothing beats it. It’s a surreal feeling. Honest to God, feel these nipples!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I’d probably die trying to decide between Chuck Schuldiner and Ronnie James Dio.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Writing songs is something that I enjoy the most. Dealing with my crippling fear of failure and self-doubt makes the first point a little more/less enjoyable.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would create a grant for musicians called Matthew Marotti. That person would receive a headline show at the Download Festival plus $1 million spending money. Australian dollars, not Monopoly because that game sucks and I already owe people money!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Defiance of Existence” from Old Man’s Child. That album gets me.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I love collecting CDs. Currently I am at approximately 500 CDs. I wouldn’t say they are like my kids because I am not sure my children will bring me that much happiness.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Playing at HQ in Adelaide. Our friends, family and our amazing fans came in full support and gave us a show. I hope we returned the favour lml lml.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Professional wrestling. Not even kidding. I saw The Undertaker as a kid and thought he was the coolest thing ever. Still do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five of my best mates, provided it’s an open bar. You’re welcome lads.

What’s next for the band?

Touring, writing and not splitting up. We keep this train going now for as long as humanly possible.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

The classics, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pornhub. Basically where we know lots of people go for a good time, not a long time.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The most biscuit-cake there is. Ha ha but seriously, Jaffa is the abortion of all desserts.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

If you love your melodic death metal with extra angst, head over to and pick yourself up a copy of “From Fear to Oblivion”. Thanks again guys for your love, support and letting us crash on your couch!


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The Crawling – Wolves And The Hideous White

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The Crawling – Wolves And The Hideous White
Grindscene Records
Release Date: 16/11/2018
Running Time: 34:13
Review by Sheri Bicheno

I had seen the name of this band pop up many times over the last year or so and after seeing them play Mammothfest 2018, I jumped at the opportunity to review this album.

I was not disappointed.

The Crawling are a three piece Northern Irish Metal band forming in 2014 with the release of debut single “Choking on Concrete” in January 2015. EP “Light of Dark Days” was then released in October 2015, followed by debut album “Anatomy of Loss” in 2017.

Combining elements of Doom and Melodic Death Metal, The Crawling have a perfect balance of absolute chaos within their style.

Upon hearing the first track of this album; title track ‘Wolves And The Hideous White’ – I am immediately hit with the velocity of what this album is about to bring. No going in easy here. Full pelt, mate… and I am drawn in!

The vocals are deep and dark, there is storytelling throughout the album, the riffs are beautifully ever changing – from slow and deep in ‘Drowned In Shallow Water’ to the harsher and more demanding tones in ‘Rancid Harmony’, with the skills behind that growling bass and intense double pedal, I imagine visions of being surrounded by black silk.

Focusing on the lyrics, in this example, particularly in the title track:
“Dragging sunlight across my skin. Glide so soft; seven heart strings on the violin.
Sadness song, for all to hear. A final wish to end it all and make you disappear.
Tell the wolves I’m home.
Drowning in rats.
Tell the wolves I’m home.”

There is a story behind this album – some beautiful song writing flares up as you listen to each track and really pricks your ears up to what you interpret the story to be.

Relatable or not, the pure energy and emotion behind the voice is undeniable.

This is a beautiful, dark and diverse album and one that I am going to be holding on loop for some time.

01. Wolves And The Hideous White
02. Still No Sun
03. Drowned in Shallow Water
04. A Time For Broken Things
05. Rancid Harmony
06 Promises and Parasites

Andy Clarke – Guitar and Vocals
Stuart Rainey – Bass and Vocals
Gary Beattie – Drums



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