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Fate of Norns

Amon Amarth

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Album Review

Amon Amarth's fifth full-length isn't so different than its 2002 predecessor, The Crusher. Musically, Fate of Norns is Spartan death metal built on epic, anthemic melodies, a perfect example of the Iron Maiden/death metal fusion tagged the "New Wave of Swedish Heavy Metal." And lyrically it's still full of Viking imagery, as songs like "Valkyries Ride" and "The Pursuit of Vikings" attest. It's the same theme that these guys have been hammering at since their 1996 debut mini-album, Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds. It's also a theme that literally hundreds of other Scandinavian bands have hammered at too, most of them leaving it a hackneyed corpse ready for the pyre. Which is where Amon Amarth have set themselves apart. These aren't just songs written about Vikings, they are written by Vikings. They're ready for death in "Arson" where one of five left to burn survives and comes back for revenge in that tracks' sequel, "Once Sealed in Blood." Blood lust themes aren't unusual, but Amon Amarth tackle them with a depth often lacking from their contemporaries. Which brings up the most intriguing track, "Fate of Norns": "No man should have to bury his child/Yet this has been my share/The tears I shed run bitter and wild/It's a heavy burden to bear." A knotty subject for a band and a style more given to crushing skulls than tears, but that kind of depth is what Amon Amarth have brought to Fate of Norns and what makes it stand out in a sea of barbarian pretenders.

Customer Reviews

Thor calls it "Easy-listening"

Fate of Norns was my introduction to Amon Amarth. A random grab at a local CD shop that quickly turned into a favorite. Amon Amarth has a generally melo-death sound (or is it melodic death?) similar to bands like Arch Enemy or the gutteral power sound of CoB. But where these bands dance around on topics, Amon Amarth has concreted itself to the Norse lyrical theme; similar to many black metal bands. Fate of Norns is an amazing work by them. Heavy and powerful. My particular favorites are the title-track and the linked pair 'Arson' and 'Once Sealed in Blood'. 'The Fate of Norns' is a remarkably emotional piece in my opinion. A father lamenting the death of his child. Oozing pain and anger it drives right into the listener's own emotions. The pair at the end tell a story, an attack on a group that leaves the story tellers comerades charred to death, leading to a thundering call for revenge. The album is fantastic, whether it's your first Amon Amarth, or a new member of your growing collection, you're sure to enjoy it.

Utter Chaos!!

This is easily my favorite Amon Amarth album (with Vs The World in a close second), and why not? This is epic metal at its peak. I don't understand why Amon Amarth is not popular among metalheads. These guys are fast and brutal. Songs like "The Fate of Norns" and "Once Sealed in Blood" are unbelieveable. Do yourself a favor...if you claim to listen to metal, then put Amon Amarth into your ears. This album is a good place to start, but don't end here. These guys are the Vikings of Metal!

One Of The Best Live Shows!!!!

Just like those three other reviews, I saw them open for Children Of Bodom also. And man did they put on a show. The music is super heavy, yet progressive. The pits were absolutely insane too. The concert was so intense that I had to get six stitches in my eyebrow after the show. That was hardcore.

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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