9 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Turning toward more somber views of mythical warfare, this time Amon Amarth's never-fail blend of New Wave of British Heavy Metal bombast and death metal aggression wrestles with the darkness of defeat. "Valhall Awaits Me" and "Runes to My Memory" invoke their proud fallen brothers while galloping directly into combat. Powerful Norse tales of clashing swords are set to equally brutal guitar riffs and double-pedal drum blasts as heavy as Thor's mighty hammer, while epic closer "Predictions of Warfare" feels almost cinematic in its scope.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Turning toward more somber views of mythical warfare, this time Amon Amarth's never-fail blend of New Wave of British Heavy Metal bombast and death metal aggression wrestles with the darkness of defeat. "Valhall Awaits Me" and "Runes to My Memory" invoke their proud fallen brothers while galloping directly into combat. Powerful Norse tales of clashing swords are set to equally brutal guitar riffs and double-pedal drum blasts as heavy as Thor's mighty hammer, while epic closer "Predictions of Warfare" feels almost cinematic in its scope.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
311 Ratings

311 Ratings

Evanc. ,

Absolutely Amazing!

It's amazing how far Amon Amarth have come in a relatively short period. Every album seems to carve out it's own little piece of metal history, and then the next album comes and blows even more people away. This album is nothing short of perfection. Every Amon Amarth album has it's own themes and sound, this album is no different. There is no reason to point out how much it cost, it is worth every penny. In fact, you should sell your soul to own this album. It's worth it.

ColoradoMusician ,

Polished, Brutal, Epic

All words that could easily be used to describe the latest offering from Amon Amarth. WITH ODEN ON OUR SIDE (Metal Blade, 2006) is nearly forty-three minutes of monumental melodic death metal. Moving into a new studio and utilizing the talents of a fine producer (Jens Bogren - Opeth, Soilwork) proved worthwhile for the Viking warriors. This record has a much more consistent feel than 2004’s FATE OF NORNS or 2002’s VERSUS THE WORLD. Bogren’s knob twisting adds a certain sheen to this record that makes it a must for headphone listening.

The album opens with the driving crusher “Valhall Awaits Me”. Johan Hegg’s gravelly bellow is amazingly easy to understand and draws the listener into the unfolding battle. The thunderous drums and amazing guitar tones had me reaching to up the volume before getting to the first chorus.

Other up-tempo highlights on this gem are “Asator”, a straight up speedster that tips the horned-helmet to the band’s Swedish death metal lineage, and “Runes to My Memory” a swift galloping ride into the next world.

“Hermod’s Ride to Hell”, “Cry of the Blackbirds”, and the title track fall squarely into the AA hymns of majesty category. Proud

The ability to continually create meaningful, relevant music from the same set of overriding themes is one element that sets AA apart from pack. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of the best sounding metal albums of 2006.

Demonaz ,

Epic

This latest release by Amon Amarth is by far their best yet. Every song is epic yet doesn't feel it in length. The melodies/harmonies and complex rythyms keep changing enough to keep the listener at the edge of his/her seat in anticipation for what comes next. Vocalist Johann Hegg's death metal roar is even more refined than on that of Fate of Norns, and sometimes gets redundant but thats a picky detail. What stands out to me (as a drummer) is the very impressive work of Frederik Andersson which is fast and punishing but not the normal metal droll of dugga dugga on the double bass, it pummels but the skill is such that the steamroller effect actually fits. The album is flawless and is bound to remain a key album in the archives of Melodic Death Metal. Hails to AMON AMARTH \m/

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