As many of you know, I went to see Amon Amarth live for the first time this past Monday at The Ritz in Ybor City (Tampa, FL). And what an amazing show this was!
I want to back up a moment before I get into the details of the show. I just discovered Amon Amarth within the past couple of years. I started out with their ‘Deceiver of the Gods’ album from 2013 and ‘Twilight of the Thunder God’ album from 2008.
Now, I’ve never been known to liking most death metal bands. But Amon Amarth has a lot of qualities that differentiate them and it puts them in a genre of their own. They’re a super right band, extremely talented and they’re melodic yet without losing any edge. And Johan Hegg’s monstrous vocals have set a new standard for this style of metal.
I had bought the tickets for this show around the same time I purchased their latest album ‘Jomsviking,’ which is a killer album. And of course they played several tunes off that album.
There were two opening acts: Exmortus and Entombed A.D. After seeing Exmortus, I can say they’ve gained a new fan. This band is nothing short of awesome with wicked guitar riffs and solos.
Here’s a few pics of the bands:
Exmortus – The Ritz, Ybor City, Tampa – 2016
Entombed A.D. – The Ritz, Ybor City, Tampa – 2016
Amon Amarth – The Ritz, Ybor City, Tampa – 2016
Naturally, I was listening to a lot of Amon Amarth prior to the show. I want to be familiar with some of their earlier albums. I’ll admit that this latest album ‘Jomsviking’ is probably my favorite though. There are some powerful tracks on there.
The day after the Amon Amarth show I started digging more into Exmortus, especially their latest two albums ‘Ride Forth’ and ‘Slave to the Sword.’ Their guitar work is our the top and I’m liking the vocals more every time I listen to them. They have a classic thrash metal style with the musicianship of progressive metal.
I’ve got an in-depth write up of this show on Jason’s Metal. Click the link below to check that out:
Keep it Metal,