8 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The debut album by Viking metal's golden gods fires out of the gates with a full speed, ax-in-hand sprint toward enemy lines. Infusing the distinct Swedish melodic death metal sound with lyrics drawing directly from Nordic folklore and Tolkienesque tales of epic combat, Amon Amarth forge their first battle cry with pummeling attacks like the galloping "Ride For Vengeance" and the ominous drone of "The Dragons' Flight Across the Waves." The climactic "Amon Amarth" literally features battle sounds of clashing swords over soaring guitars.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The debut album by Viking metal's golden gods fires out of the gates with a full speed, ax-in-hand sprint toward enemy lines. Infusing the distinct Swedish melodic death metal sound with lyrics drawing directly from Nordic folklore and Tolkienesque tales of epic combat, Amon Amarth forge their first battle cry with pummeling attacks like the galloping "Ride For Vengeance" and the ominous drone of "The Dragons' Flight Across the Waves." The climactic "Amon Amarth" literally features battle sounds of clashing swords over soaring guitars.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

MasTer oF PupPetZ ,

ATTACK!!!

Amon Amarth is becoming one of my favorite bands, and this early album is awesome. They are fierce, brutal, and fast. If you want the best Viking Metal in the world, Amon Amarth is where to look. Songs like "Dragons' Flight Across the Waves" and "Friends of the Suncross" are just amazing. Pick this album up. It is unreal.

VikingSF ,

Pure Viking Glory

Don't let the iTunes description put you off. Amon Amarth has forged a genre all their own that borrows from Gothenburg Death Metal but then charges into a new realm of pure Viking glory. Their first full album, Once Sent From the Golden Hall, is a brutal, aggressive, and awe inspiring ode to the Viking gods and warriors of old. But this is no gimmick. The Swedish Vikings of Amon Amarth believe in their vision and have stayed consistent through their entire career. They believe in what they are doing and you will too.

IaconPoint ,

Amazing and fierce!

Growing tired of the influx of so called "metalcore" and "kid bands" like Avenged Sevenfold and that ilk? Need some straight on, aggressive in-your-face, grinding metal? Look no further than the mighty Amon Amarth. Their debut album on Metal Blade is one of their best. The opening track sets the stage as the powerful Ride for Vengeance begins fast and furious followed by the equally powerful Dragon's Flight. This album also contains Victorious March with one of the heavier grooves from the band, and contains the mammoth 8 minute masterpiece, Amon Amarth. There is not one filler on this album nor is there much chance to catch your breath before the next song explodes. Lyric-wise, Amon Amarth will take you back to a day when Noresemen sailed across the sea, road horses to war and killed their enemies with swords and spears. Vivid story telling is yet another of this band's strengths. While all of their albums are great, this one has a little more aggression than most and is my personal fav. So put down that mall-metal and see why the Sweds are leading the way in today's metal scene. Amon Amarth is Viking death metal at its finest.

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