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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

The Vikings Are Back For Victory!!!

Bone crushing, helmet smashing, axe grinding, steel on steel metal! The Swedish warriors Amon Amarth are back with Surtur Rising, and I am giddy as a young Norse lad who has just slayed his first enemy! Every song on this album is "killer". A few absolutely brilliant gems that stand out are Slaves of Fear, Tock's Taunt - Loke's Treachery, Pt. 2, The Last Stand of Frej, and War of the Gods. The use of orchestral strings on Doom Over a Dead Man only adds to the intensity of the track. Overall, in my humble opinion, another masterpiece from a band who seems to only get better with time. If you are a fan, this is a must have! Stay strong and rock on my Pagan brothers and sisters.

WOOOHOOO

First Review. And I do not think I have to even explain a review about this album because we all know it is amazing.

10/10

This is by far my favorite album by them. Everything from the music to the lyrics is written insanely well and the whole album had me pumped. I highly recommend adding this one to your collection.

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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