Amon Amarth Wrath of the Norsemen

Arguably the most epic hair whip spectacle ever released, Wrath of the Norsemen is over seven hours of live footage featuring Amon Amarth’s infamous and unrivalled synchronised mane manoeuvring and triumphant Viking metal. The three DVDs compiling five shows is a complete package, giving viewers a taste of AA through 2004 and 2005. Though known for performing at the top of their game, not every show is perfect, most notably Ludwigsburg, but instead of being disheartening these weak points are endearing, showcasing a human side that isn’t usually touted. Cologne and Wacken are the most memorable of the five, more than making up for any fallibility with top-notch live recordings. The shows were shot extremely professionally, often times edited to look like music videos, and though the vocals are slightly too loud for the mix, the whole band deliver solid performances that demonstrate exactly why they’re so beloved by metal’s devout. There isn’t much in the way of extras but the shows make it worth the purchase. (Metal Blade)