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Fate of Norns

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Like a rubber band snapped back into place, Amon Amarth return to their gritty, battle-obsessed brew of fierce-but-melodic Viking metal on this fifth full length, following the more expansive Versus the World. Returning to their favorite historical era with "The Pursuit of Vikings" and "Valkyries Ride," their lethal tales of epic battles are delivered via furious double-pedal drums, wailing guitars, and guttural growls. These brutal tales from the front lines of mythical battlegrounds solidify Amon Amarth's stance as the Nordic warriors of melodic death metal.

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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: Metal

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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