"Jomsviking", the new album from Swedish death metallers AMON AMARTH, is featured in the latest episode of "Overkill Reviews", the weekly look at the latest metal releases from Canadian documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn of Banger Films.
The name "Overkill" comes from Dunn's campus radio show on University of Victoria radio station CFUV way back in the day. So Banger has resurrected it to bring you his take on fresh music every Friday via Banger Films' YouTube channel, Banger TV.
Born in England but raised in Victoria, the 41-year-old Dunn played in a couple of metal bands growing up — including SCRAPE CHAMBER and DEMENTIA — before moving east to attend Toronto's York University, where his interest in filmmaking blossomed.
Banger Films' documentaries include two on heavy metal, 2006's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and 2008's "Global Metal", 2010's "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and 2009's "Iron Maiden: Flight 666", as well as the TV documentary miniseries "Metal Evolution".
In a 2013 interview with Times Colonist, Dunn said about his passion for heavy metal: "Metal music serves many of the same things that people get out of a religious experience. It's about connecting with something that feels bigger and more powerful than yourself. If you've ever been at a metal festival, there's a sense of power, of community, of release, and those are similar things that people have found in religious experiences for a long, long time."
"Jomsviking" was released today (Friday, March 25) via Metal Blade in North America and Sony Music internationally. The first concept record in AMON AMARTH's storied career tells a tragic tale of love and revenge, backed by the Swedes' trademark melodic, anthemic metal, which was produced and mixed once again by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT). The epic original story is set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the legendary order of mercenary Vikings.
AMON AMARTH will tour North America this spring with fellow Swedes ENTOMBED A.D. and young USA metal upstarts EXMORTUS.