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Release date: 23 March 2011
Style: Melodic death metal


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Disc I [CD]
01. War Of The Gods
02. Töck's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II
03. Destroyer Of The Universe
04. Slaves Of Fear
05. Live Without Regrets
06. The Last Stand Of Frej
07. For Victory Or Death
08. Wrath Of The Norsemen
09. A Beast Am I
10. Doom Over Dead Man
11. War Machine [Kiss cover] [bonus]
12. Balls To The Wall [Accept cover] [bonus]
13. Aerials [System Of A Down cover] [bonus]

Disc II [limited edition DVD Bloodshed Over Bochum 2008]
01. Ride For Vengeance
02. The Dragon's Flight Across The Waves
03. Without Fear
04. Victorious March
05. Friends Of The Suncross
06. Abandoned
07. Amon Amarth
08. Once Sent From The Golden Hall
09. Bleed For Ancient Gods
10. The Last With Pagan Blood
11. North Sea Storm
12. Avenger
13. God His Son And Holy Whore
14. Metalwrath
15. Legend Of A Banished Man
16. Bastards Of A Lying Breed
17. Masters Of War
18. The Sound Of Eight Hooves
19. Risen From The Sea
20. As Long As The Raven Flies
21. A Fury Divine
22. Annihilation Of Hammerfest
23. The Fall Through Ginnungagap
24. Releasing Surtur's Fire
25. Death In Fire
26. The Stabwounds In Our Backs
27. Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
28. Versus The World
29. Across The Rainbow Bridge
30. Down The Slopes Of Death
31. Thousand Years Of Oppression
32. Bloodshed
33. And Soon The World Will Cease To Be

The best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal album of 2011

Lyrics (10)

Johan Hegg - vocals
Olavi Mikkonen - guitars
Johan Söderberg - guitars
Fredrik Andersson - drums
Ted Lundström - bass

Guest musicians
Simon Solomon - guitars

Additional info
All songs written and arranged by Amon Amarth.
Produced, mixed, mastered and spiritually guided by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden.
Drums recorded at Park Studio.
Drum tech: Urban Näsvall.

Orchestral arrangements by Martin Jacobbson, performed by The Dark Passenger Orchestra.

Cover and "Fenriz" artwork by Tom Thiel.
Design, additional artwork and layout by Thomas Ewerhard.
Photos by Steve Brown.
Live pics Bochum by Florian Krapp / Metal Hammer.

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The kings of the Swedish melodeath scene are back! Consistent as always, they have become one of the record companies' favorite bands: nice songs, huge popularity, unique style and additionally, they publish a new album every 2 to 3 years. Only a few bands assemble all these traits and Amon Amarth is one of them. On the other hand, some experimentation would be welcomed…

published 14.08.2011 | Comments (22)

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Chainer - 16.11.2010 at 17:13  
  Alright! Twilight of the Thunder God was enjoyable, but I would like to see something more with more 'death' and less 'melo'. Maybe a throw back to Fate of Norns, or Once Sent from the Golden Hall? Either way looking forward to this, hopefully album art and more details are out sooner rather than later.
MetalSpider - 16.11.2010 at 18:24  
Rating: 8 Twilight was a great album...not as good as With Oden, but still amazing. Hopefully the new album will surpass it.
Deadmeat - 17.11.2010 at 15:59  
Rating: 9 Great news. probably we know what to expect from this band. i hope though for some little surprises...
Powerslavex - 17.11.2010 at 17:49  
  A new with Oden on our side please!
Alena - 17.11.2010 at 18:37  
  I think, Twilight's the best for the present, but i hope, this album'll be more interesting and more brutal.
worm_is_gloaming - 23.11.2010 at 22:18  
  Hmm... last time they released the album title about four months before the album release, so we probably will stay hungry for quite some time on this one.

I just hope it won't be a lazy "they'll buy it anyway" album, riding on accumulating hype and fame.
AA formula is effectively simple, but with a lazy attitude it becomes fucking transparent. Some songs on "Twilight of the Thundergod" were for me somewhat lukewarm and lacking in passion compared to earlier ones. Some, not all.
BleachingBone - 29.11.2010 at 12:22  
  This is a good year,I think this album will be as good as the others,or maybe better.
M - 30.11.2010 at 22:02  
Rating: 9 10/10 by now.
worm_is_gloaming - 01.12.2010 at 03:45  
Written by M on 30.11.2010 at 22:02

10/10 by now.

That album title is a scorcher, ain't it!
M - 02.12.2010 at 10:05  
Rating: 9 Ahah ofc.
Judas503 - 18.12.2010 at 09:43  
  Awesome.....I simply loved Twilight of The Thunder God \M/
ramin - 29.12.2010 at 08:34  
Rating: 9 Great!!!
BMR Monkey - 05.01.2011 at 01:12  
Rating: 10 A cant literally fucking wait for this
MetalSpider - 10.01.2011 at 00:27  
Rating: 8 The album cover will be revealed in 8 days! Hopefully a song sample or even a full sample will be revealed soon after.
Mongoose2557 - 11.01.2011 at 21:25  
  I don't think I can wait till march. I would kill a bus of nuns to get my hands on that album!
WRATH OF FENRIR - 14.01.2011 at 22:25  
Rating: 10 Cant wait till march need a demo , any thing that helps
guill62 - 18.01.2011 at 12:43  
  I hope their sound is less "sweet" than the last and more brutal.
MetalSpider - 18.01.2011 at 19:05  
Rating: 8 Here's the cover for Surtur Rising!
Necrodamus - 19.01.2011 at 16:07  
Rating: 7 Kickass cover, cant wait for this!
Destructo - 28.01.2011 at 16:45  
Rating: 9 Brilliant cover.....I have a feeling that this is gonna top "With Oden" and raise the bar even higher. Well, atleast there's no harm in having high hopes.
bakerskater180 - 29.01.2011 at 21:26  
  Lots of good bands making albums this year!
MetalSpider - 30.01.2011 at 18:40  
Rating: 8 The new song War of the Gods.....terrible quality but personally....its fucking awesome!!!!!
Pelcu - 31.01.2011 at 04:33  
Rating: 7 Previous album was released in 2008. It's 3 years ago! Even my Amon Amarth t-shirt become faded I'm hungry. Please write new Runes into my Memory! With new great tracks! I wait for some melodic brutality (how this could work together?)
svobi_666 - 03.02.2011 at 03:24  
  I hope it's like With Oden on our side, this album is awesome!
but let us surprise^^

Hail to Oden
BMR Monkey - 18.02.2011 at 17:58  
Rating: 10 If you can wait like me to hear something more about this album check this preview of the whole album

so many songs are pretty great i think that this algum its gonna be something on their carrer
Deadmeat - 18.02.2011 at 22:09  
Rating: 9 AA are in their best era and are creating only nice albums ATM! i am hoping for something great! from those teasers i liked a lot "Destroyer Of The Universe", "Wrath Of The Norsemen" and "A Beast Am I"! high expectations here!
jijibu - 28.02.2011 at 00:40  
  Same, same, same shit. They aren't creating new muisic. Song sounds like other....:noidea:
rimia - 11.03.2011 at 00:47  
  This new fucking album made me one their fans\m/
marzepka87 - 11.03.2011 at 08:14  
Rating: 8 Not in love with the Kiss cover to me it just doesn't fit Amon Amarth, but I still can't wait to hear the whole album.
PazuzuSKOM - 12.03.2011 at 14:49  
Rating: 9 Thats AMON AMARTH that am fuken used too

it can be the best Amon Amarth album, cuz it have all the great signatures of all their old releases with the modern touch ..
Dominus - 12.03.2011 at 17:33  
Rating: 9 Amazing as always!!!!!
Valentin B - 12.03.2011 at 17:35  
  Imo the new album is a bit overproduced and soft(it has lots of keyboards and clean guitars). i'm also having trouble finding any definite killer tracks from the first "spin". For Victory or Death is a good track though, Tock's Taunt is a very creative song and War of the Gods, although generic as hell, delivers on an above-average level.

i'm unimpressed by this album.. 6.5 or so from me.
MetalSpider - 12.03.2011 at 21:59  
Rating: 8 After one run through...I think its a great album! But its not their best effort. I still prefer Twilight of the Thundergod (just a little more I think) and still think With Oden is their best album.

But...Ive listened to it once only, so it might change after a few more listens.

And the cover of SOAD's Aerials was something else lol. It was an interesting cover.
Mikyz - 14.03.2011 at 11:07  
  This is a good album, it's classic AA so there is no doubt that it's a high quality release but imo they should take more risks, I'd rank this behind With Oden on Our Side and Twilight of the Thunder God. + I was really surprised with the System of a Down cover, it was weird.
SoulScarred - 14.03.2011 at 20:30  
  I'm listening to it the first time, the second track 'Tock's Taunt' kicks some real ass, wow I'm really impressed..just stepped here to say this lol
AnGina-- - 15.03.2011 at 11:00  
  Where.... How.... How come I haven't heard it yet, and you all did?

/me peers into the depths of searching for Surtur Rising
Reza - 15.03.2011 at 11:25  
  I've only listened to "War Of The Gods". sounds like a great album !
iORi - 16.03.2011 at 06:32  
Rating: 8 So-so album... nothing impressive... some good tracks and some not so good... The best IMO are War of The Gods, Destroyer Of The Universe and Slaves Of Fear... The SOAD cover... JUST LOL!!!! For me it's 7.5/10 and still Oden is the best album.
BudDa - 16.03.2011 at 14:20  
Written by Mikyz on 14.03.2011 at 11:07

This is a good album, it's classic AA so there is no doubt that it's a high quality release but imo they should take more risks, I'd rank this behind With Oden on Our Side and Twilight of the Thunder God. + I was really surprised with the System of a Down cover, it was weird.

Yeah, if i could meet them, i would ask them why they chose this song. I also didn't like their version
W-Lash - 16.03.2011 at 14:52  
  Actually I had possibility to listen the new one. Can't say I didn't like it much. Played it like 3-4 times but didn't find any song that could make me say - hey, this is really good one! Some themes are quite interesting but that's all.
But if you really enjoyed AA last album you might like this.
Ann-Cygnus - 16.03.2011 at 14:53  
  There's a System of a Down cover?

Mikyz - 16.03.2011 at 15:45  
Written by BudDa on 16.03.2011 at 14:20

Yeah, if i could meet them, i would ask them why they chose this song. I also didn't like their version

I actually like that they covered it, but it just sounds too different from the original for me to genuinely enjoy it, but its a nice try nonetheless. I didn't listen to the other covers are they any good?
Destructo - 19.03.2011 at 16:39  
Rating: 9 More or less this album has been able to satisfy my expectations, if not completely blow my mind off. So overall I'm pretty happy with what I have heard.
elven - 20.03.2011 at 05:43  
Rating: 8 8/10 for me..
tmclane - 20.03.2011 at 09:42  
  Destroyer of the Universe kicks so much ass
AnGina-- - 20.03.2011 at 11:13  
  So yea, couldn't wait either so I had to listen to it. To me Surtur Rising was probably one of the most anticipated album of this year, since I found all AA releases since Versus The World incredibly good. Gotta say Surtur Rising reminds me of Twilight Of The Thunder God the most I'd say. I do have particularly one song that is my fave from the album - such as Under The Northern Star from Oden and Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags from Thunder God were, both songs have popped out to me as best songs on the album - but can't really say which one, cause I've been listening the album in the car only so far and don't know the title As considering Aerials, I'm quite biased - I love this song in the original, I like SOAD, I like AA, and I like Surtur Rising but.... as much as it sounds kickass in the beginning, I can't help but missing the high vocals of SOAD in it, which made Aerials what it is, it just doesn't sound so overall kickass awesome with Johan's growls to me.
jfAkerfeldt - 20.03.2011 at 23:41  
  This album for me is very, very good, Twlight of the Thunder gods was the best album's AA for me, but this is better. Aerial's cover is interesting, this song is an way to introducing in the USA merchandising, but its cool. 9.0 my rating...
AnGina-- - 21.03.2011 at 11:07  
  Doom Over Dead Man is the song that has me going crazy
BaneConall - 21.03.2011 at 19:24  
Rating: 6 This album = win
beyondtehdarksun - 22.03.2011 at 12:49  
Rating: 6 I can imagine SOAD with growls, but... Aerials?? This is sure to sound strange. Can't wait to check the album out.

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