Dear Daily Miltonian,
I saw them Monday and it was the best thing I ever did in my
stupid life. They always had something to say between songs and
sometimes it was silly (“I can’t hear you New York!”) but most
times it was a gem like “It’s been one thousand years…one
thousand years of oppression! NOW WE RIDE TO GLORY!” That’s
the way I prefer to start off a song. The lead singer is a 7
foot tall bearded Swedish man wearing a horn filled with beer.
The band would drink from their horns between songs and toast us
in the crowd (“Fellow Vikings”). Performance was great.
For the encore, I felt stirred to battle!, and I pushed up to
the front of the audience but it smelled really bad up there.
Plus it was a melee up in the front. In the bathroom after the
show there were two poor dudes who were bleeding into the sinks
from busted noses – surely Odin has saved a steed and a helm in
Valhalla for these fallen warriors. I bought an Amon Amarth
t-shirt but now I realize it looks like a shirt for a roller
coaster or maybe Disneyland “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
I still think the lyrics on their new album are incredible. I’m
convinced now that Viking imagery is a very effective way to
convey somber and heroic themes.
Our pal Art Andrews does a great, great show with our other pal, Julia Factorial, on our favorite radio station on the planet, WPRB Princeton. Find out more and listen to it here.