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Album Review

Amon Amarth's eighth full-length album is an important one in their discography, because it follows their breakthrough disc, 2008's Twilight of the Thunder God. That album, laden with guest appearances (Children of Bodom's Roopi Latvala, Entombed's LG Petrov, the cellists of Apocalyptica), was the Swedish band's most elaborate and powerful statement to date. Shockingly, on Surtur Rising they haven't fallen short of the mark they set for themselves three years earlier. The album's ten songs are typical anthemic Amon Amarth tracks, built for headbanging and chanting along with the powerful, warrior's-code choruses. Some, like "Destroyers of the Universe" and "War of the Gods," but particularly "A Beast Am I," are among the fastest songs the group has ever recorded, while others, like "Töck's Taunt: Loke's Treachery, Pt. II" and "The Last Stand of Frej," are slow, even brooding. The production has a bit more aggression than Twilight had, but the songs are arguably even catchier this time out, with some surprisingly clean guitar leads and atmospheric melodies emerging from the hair-spinning roar. A few subtle production flourishes — the sounds of clashing swords on "War of the Gods" and crying ravens on "Töck's Taunt," plus some strings on "For Victory or Death" and the album-closing "Doom Over Dead Man" — bolster the sound somewhat, but other than that it's up to the five members of Amon Amarth to keep the listener happy with nothing but guitars, bass, drums, and Johan Hegg's barrel-chested roars, and they do that with admirable skill. They're one of the most consistent bands in metal, and this is a terrific example of them playing to their strengths.

Customer Reviews

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Under my expectations.... War of the Gods and Slaves of fear are freaking amazing though

More of the same

Let me start by saying I really like Amon Amarth and have been a fan for years. When I first heard this was coming out I was really excited, but after hearing it realized it really offers nothing new. They are a great band and have become synonymous with Melodic Death Metal that has viking themes. When I first heard them I loved them. I enjoyed their first few albums, but after getting used to the sound, I started wanting to see thm break out and do something different. As a whole the CD is what you'd expect. Tight music, melodic, viking themes, growled vocals, and it actually very good. But to me at least, the whole viking metal theme is starting to wear thin, and they he made better CDs (With Oden By Our Side). I'd really like to see them try something slightly different lyrically (keep it epic, but try something other than viking mythology and themes). On the other hand I'll give them credit for staying true to their fanbase for so long. That shows a lot of character.

SURTUR RISING!

J'aurai cru qu'Amon Amarth aurait manqué d'idées pour produire un huitième album. J'aurai pensé que le groupe ou les fans auraient fait le tour. Mais cet album prouve définitivement le contraire. Amon Amarth est toujours bien vivant et ils nous ont produit un album solide (mais à un niveau moindre que son prédécesseur Twilight Of Thunder God). Surtur Rising se situe dans la continuité du style de Amon Amarth et se voit être une bonne réussite.

Biography

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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