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Editors’ Notes

The ninth studio album from Amon Amarth is a full-on aural assault featuring ten new songs from the Swedish melodic death metal veterans. The follow-up to 2011's critically-acclaimed Surtur Rising brings in veteran British producer Andy Sneap, whose extensive credits include Megadeth and Killswitch Engage. Sneap's pristine production brings out the band’s melodic songwriting while still delivering a sonic punch to the gut. Lyrically, the band stays in familiar territory, focusing on Norse and Viking mythology in songs like “As Loke Falls” and “Warriors of the North.” Former Candelmass singer Messiah Marcolin adds vocals to “Hel.”

Customer Reviews

Different, yet good

I can definitely see how this would alienate those who prefer their traditional sound. It sounds like they're moving towards a more melodic death metal sound with less of the deep doom-metal style vocals of their older stuff. I personally prefer this path they're taking, but I see why it would push some away. I hope the rest of the album is good!

let the gods destroy all those unworthy in the face of amon amarth

these guys are sick and this one track alone makes this one of my top 5 albums of the year along side the new killswitch engage album. i have loved these guys been to several concerts and cannot wait, the last show i went to was in lawerence ks, children of bodom didnt show up and these guys at the time played in full thier new album surtur rising then all of thier other songs best metal show ever!


Amon Amarth is getting better with age. They have been around for a long time honing their craft, and it has payed off. This album is full of incredibly catchy viking death metal! The lyrics are thought provoking, as usual, dealing with viking mythology, and every song has a story to tell. The dual guitar attacks are as melodic and memorable as ever. The guitar solo's shred, the drumming is incredible, and there is really nothing not to like if you like Amon Amarth or melodic death metal in general. These songs will be stuck in your head after the first listen because the lead guitar lines are catchy and beautiful, and the backing riffs are crushing and brutal. It's a great contrast. The vocals are consistent with the last 2 albums, brutal and crisp. The production is absolutely terrific on this album, better than ever as far as I can hear. These guys have outdone themselves on this album, and it is going to play continuously in my car, my office (the look on peoples faces when they walk in and hear the growling vocals is priceless), and at home. Buy this album, support these guys. Amon Amarth!


Formed: 1992 in Tumba, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth originally formed in 1988 under the name Scum; by the time the new moniker was adopted four years later, the lineup consisted of vocalist Johan Hegg, guitarists Olavi Mikkonen and Anders Hansson, bassist Ted Lundstrom, and drummer Niko Kaukinen. In 1993, the quintet recorded their first demo Thor Arise, which went unreleased due to sound problems; a second demo, Arrival of the Fimbul Winter, followed in 1994, quickly selling out all 1000 copies. Signing to the...
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