Hear Amon Amarth’s New Viking-Metal War Anthem “Raven’s Flight”

Amon Amarth's Johan Hegg; photo by Katja Ogrin/Redferns
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It doesn’t get much heavier or more badass than Amon Amarth, those hirsute Swedish Viking-metal warmongers who specialize in mead-swilling, battle-axe–raising anthems and have delivered in spades over the past quarter century. The militant horde celebrated their long, illustrious career late last year with the release of the in-depth documentary The Pursuit of Vikings: 25 Years in the Eye of the Storm, and now they’re kicking off their next chapter with the skull-crushing ripper “Raven’s Flight,” the lead single off Amon Amarth’s forthcoming album Berserker. How it took the band 11 studio full-length to use that title we’ll never know, but better late than never, and judging from the hard-charging riffs and epic lyrics of “Raven’s Flight,” the LP will more than live up to its name.

Frontman Johan Hegg roars on the song: “We’re heading west to distant shores/To avenge our father and to win the throne/They think their god will save their skin/But all resistance will be in vain/We stare at death with crimson grins/With odin’s help we cannot fail/We hold our heads up to the sky/And know that we will never die/As long as we stand side by side/As long as we can see the ravens fly!”

Berserker is scheduled for release May 3rd via Metal Blade Records. See the album’s full track listing below.

Berserker track list:
01. Fafner’s Gold
02. Crack the Sky
03. Mjolner, Hammer of Thor
04. Shield Wall
05. Valkyria
06. Raven’s Flight
07. Ironside
08. The Berserker at Stamford Bridge
09. We Can Set Our Sails
10. When Once Again
11. Wings of Eagles
12. Into the Dark