Amon Amarth's newest album Jomsviking seemed like it was a break from the mold of what Amon Amarth usually did, and now we've got a reason why.
According to guitarist Olavi Mikkonen in an interview with KAAOS TV, Jomsviking was originally a movie script written by frontman Johan Hegg, which was then set to music and became solely an album.
"I don't know if the listener is really gonna hear it too much, but we had a different approach on the album. Johan [Hegg], the singer, he wrote a movie script. So we saw the whole thing as a movie. So we basically took the movie script and cut it into ten pieces. And then we [were], like, 'All right, this is one song. This is one song.' And then we started to work against that. We had already ideas for, let's say, five or six songs that we easy to match in where they fit musically. But then we had a lot of gaps where we had a really aggressive lyric but we didn't have any aggressive [musical] ideas. So we just had to work towards making aggressive ideas. That's something we'd never done in the past. In the past, we always [used] whatever [musical ideas] we had and then we made lyrics that fit the song. So now we had to fit the lyrics. And that was really cool; I think it was exciting. And I think that's the album that we've been bouncing ideas back and forth the most as a band unit."
Alright, now we're either going to need to read this script, or have it turn into an actual movie. Surely Johan Hegg can pull some strings, right?