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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

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

Guest musicians
Simon Solomon - guitars


Additional info
March 23rd: Sweden
March 25th: Germany, Austria and Switzerland
March 28th: Rest of Europe
March 29th: North America

All songs written and arranged by Amon Amarth.
Produced, mixed, mastered and spiritually guided by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden (www.fascinationstreet.se).
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 (www.illuvision.com).
Design, additional artwork and layout by Thomas Ewerhard (www.thomas-ewerhard.com).
Photos by Steve Brown.
Live pics Bochum by Florian Krapp / Metal Hammer (www.floriankrapp.de).

Guest review by
Deadmeat

Rating:
8.0
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…

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.:Nataras:. - 23.03.2011 at 18:37  
Rating: 6 Disappointment! 7/10 or 6/10
.:Nataras:. - 23.03.2011 at 18:41  
Rating: 6
Written by beyondtehdarksun on 22.03.2011 at 12:49

I can imagine SOAD with growls, but... Aerials?? This is sure to sound strange. Can't wait to check the album out.

i could listen to them today... it's funny! SOAD ? AMON? why SOAD? SOAD is viking? or norse? or other stuff like that!?
i like Aerials with clean vocal and cleaner guitars!!! and hmm... hey i don't like that!!!!!!!!!! Aerials is good only by SOAD...
malaikat - 24.03.2011 at 12:11  
Rating: 8 Well the Ariels cover sure is weak
MechanisT - 24.03.2011 at 14:27  
  Amon Amarth have pulled off a Bodom with this album. Meaningless covers by bands are getting on my nerves...
BaneConall - 24.03.2011 at 17:18  
Rating: 6 Apart from the bad SOAD cover. This album is great!
!Tsk! - 24.03.2011 at 17:41  
 
Written by BaneConall on 24.03.2011 at 17:18

Apart from the bad SOAD cover. This album is great!


Ey,covers are only for fun of the members band!!You cant judge an album only because of the cover!At first,i thought it was going to be a trash,but i loved it!Its an excelent cover,althought it is not viking!!:thumbup:
BaneConall - 24.03.2011 at 17:44  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 24.03.2011 at 17:41

Written by BaneConall on 24.03.2011 at 17:18

Apart from the bad SOAD cover. This album is great!


Ey,covers are only for fun of the members band!!You cant judge an album only because of the cover!At first,i thought it was going to be a trash,but i loved it!Its an excelent cover,althought it is not viking!!:thumbup:


Exactly! Thats why I didn't let it affect my rating of the album.
MetalSpider - 24.03.2011 at 18:01  
Rating: 8 Its a very good album, but its not as good as Twilight or their masterpiece WOOS. Or even Versus the World. I'd say its about the same as Fate of Norns.
guill62 - 24.03.2011 at 19:48  
 
Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 18:01

Its a very good album, but its not as good as Twilight or their masterpiece WOOS. Or even Versus the World. I'd say its about the same as Fate of Norns.

And before Versus it sucks ? There is a life before Versus you know
MetalSpider - 24.03.2011 at 19:59  
Rating: 8
Written by guill62 on 24.03.2011 at 19:48

Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 18:01

Its a very good album, but its not as good as Twilight or their masterpiece WOOS. Or even Versus the World. I'd say its about the same as Fate of Norns.

And before Versus it sucks ? There is a life before Versus you know


Oh no definitely not! Didn't mean it like that. Once Sent From the Golden Hall is brilliant!!!!!!! I'll break it down:

WOOS > Twilight/Versus The World > Surtur Rising/Fate of Norns/Once Sent From the Golden Hall > The Crusher > The Avenger

Thats personally how I rate the albums...although Im liking Golden Hall even more these days. But I love all their albums. And even though I rated the Avenger last, by no means is it a bad album. I think its great!

To me though...Versus and everything after (except for Fate of Norns), I find to be their best.
InnerSelf - 24.03.2011 at 20:50  
Rating: 6
Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 19:59



Oh no definitely not! Didn't mean it like that. Once Sent From the Golden Hall is brilliant!!!!!!! I'll break it down:

WOOS > Twilight/Versus The World > Surtur Rising/Fate of Norns/Once Sent From the Golden Hall > The Crusher > The Avenger

Thats personally how I rate the albums...although Im liking Golden Hall even more these days. But I love all their albums. And even though I rated the Avenger last, by no means is it a bad album. I think its great!

To me though...Versus and everything after (except for Fate of Norns), I find to be their best.


I'd say WOOS >>>>> Twilight/Versus/Fate > Surtur Rising
Although Surtur Rising is almost on bar with the latest releases but the fact that it offers nothing new makes it inferior to them , and I think we all agree that WOOS is the highlight of their discography and I'm almost certain that they will not top it.
guill62 - 24.03.2011 at 21:07  
 
Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 19:59

Written by guill62 on 24.03.2011 at 19:48

Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 18:01

Its a very good album, but its not as good as Twilight or their masterpiece WOOS. Or even Versus the World. I'd say its about the same as Fate of Norns.

And before Versus it sucks ? There is a life before Versus you know


Oh no definitely not! Didn't mean it like that. Once Sent From the Golden Hall is brilliant!!!!!!! I'll break it down:

WOOS > Twilight/Versus The World > Surtur Rising/Fate of Norns/Once Sent From the Golden Hall > The Crusher > The Avenger

Thats personally how I rate the albums...although Im liking Golden Hall even more these days. But I love all their albums. And even though I rated the Avenger last, by no means is it a bad album. I think its great!

To me though...Versus and everything after (except for Fate of Norns), I find to be their best.

WOOOS better than Once Sent? I can understand from the sound but the songwriting are objectively not worse than WOOOS and also more various and brutal. Are you afraid of the brutal?
Aeonfrost - 24.03.2011 at 21:14  
  For me, Once Sent is the best Amon Amarth Album out there, WOOOS is good, but i don't like all the songs on the album.
MetalSpider - 24.03.2011 at 22:08  
Rating: 8
Written by guill62 on 24.03.2011 at 21:07

Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 19:59

Written by guill62 on 24.03.2011 at 19:48

Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 18:01

Its a very good album, but its not as good as Twilight or their masterpiece WOOS. Or even Versus the World. I'd say its about the same as Fate of Norns.

And before Versus it sucks ? There is a life before Versus you know


Oh no definitely not! Didn't mean it like that. Once Sent From the Golden Hall is brilliant!!!!!!! I'll break it down:

WOOS > Twilight/Versus The World > Surtur Rising/Fate of Norns/Once Sent From the Golden Hall > The Crusher > The Avenger

Thats personally how I rate the albums...although Im liking Golden Hall even more these days. But I love all their albums. And even though I rated the Avenger last, by no means is it a bad album. I think its great!

To me though...Versus and everything after (except for Fate of Norns), I find to be their best.

WOOOS better than Once Sent? I can understand from the sound but the songwriting are objectively not worse than WOOOS and also more various and brutal. Are you afraid of the brutal?


Well to me WOOOS is the better album and for me, the best album they ever made. I simply enjoyed it more. I have nothing against brutality. I embrace brutality lol. I was hoping Surtur Rising would be 10 times more brutal than WOOOS and more like their old albums, while still retaining their WOOOS like melodies. Of course it wasn't...in fact Surtur Rising is too soft as a whole, even though I do enjoy it.
Turin Turambar - 24.03.2011 at 22:10  
Rating: 6 Like for Amon Amarth... boooooring....best suprise in + cover Aerials.
Chino - 25.03.2011 at 05:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 24.03.2011 at 17:41

Written by BaneConall on 24.03.2011 at 17:18

Apart from the bad SOAD cover. This album is great!


Ey,covers are only for fun of the members band!!You cant judge an album only because of the cover!At first,i thought it was going to be a trash,but i loved it!Its an excelent cover,althought it is not viking!!:thumbup:
Ph0eNiX - 27.03.2011 at 00:44  
Rating: 8 Album:
I felt this was an extension of twilight of the thunderg god, so it was pretty good but I had to rate it the same though. I do agree that it doesn't exactly fit the fire some of the earlier albums and/or songs roll with.

Covers:
I don't get the covers they chose to do for this at all... Mostly on the system and kiss fronts I'm saying this. Accept, okay, makes some sense (would just have rather heard a more obscure song from the Accept albums Library). I think they chose the best kiss song possible for Amon Amarth (I have problems picturing them doing strutter, firehouse, beth, crazy nights, the x in sex, forever, or anything else honestly) but it still didn't feel right exactly. System of a down... WTF were they thinking? (Leaving my commentary at that for this cover...)
Valentin B - 27.03.2011 at 18:12  
 
Written by Ph0eNiX on 27.03.2011 at 00:44

Covers:
I don't get the covers they chose to do for this at all... Mostly on the system and kiss fronts I'm saying this. Accept, okay, makes some sense (would just have rather heard a more obscure song from the Accept albums Library).

yeah, BttW was a way too obvious choice. way more epic would have been a groovy melodeath version of Princess of the Dawn. even the lyrics would fit just nice.
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 28.03.2011 at 00:59  
Rating: 7
Written by Valentin B on 27.03.2011 at 18:12

Written by Ph0eNiX on 27.03.2011 at 00:44

Covers:
I don't get the covers they chose to do for this at all... Mostly on the system and kiss fronts I'm saying this. Accept, okay, makes some sense (would just have rather heard a more obscure song from the Accept albums Library).

yeah, BttW was a way too obvious choice. way more epic would have been a groovy melodeath version of Princess of the Dawn. even the lyrics would fit just nice.


I'm still crossing fingers for the day they cover ether "Invaders" or "Iron Maiden" for personal reference!
Paradox0 - 28.03.2011 at 04:36  
Rating: 7
Written by Amatsu Mikaboshi on 28.03.2011 at 00:59

Written by Valentin B on 27.03.2011 at 18:12

Written by Ph0eNiX on 27.03.2011 at 00:44

Covers:
I don't get the covers they chose to do for this at all... Mostly on the system and kiss fronts I'm saying this. Accept, okay, makes some sense (would just have rather heard a more obscure song from the Accept albums Library).

yeah, BttW was a way too obvious choice. way more epic would have been a groovy melodeath version of Princess of the Dawn. even the lyrics would fit just nice.


I'm still crossing fingers for the day they cover ether "Invaders" or "Iron Maiden" for personal reference!


But the vokings are chased away in Invaders, unless they change the song, such as reverse the roles. I always thought a slower heavier, more melodic version of led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" would have been great.

As for the album....ehhhh. I felt they actually tried experimenting with alot of things, but I've either heard it done better somewhere else or just didn't play into Amon's strengths. When they tried to be destructively brutal or dark, epic and desperate, they just don't seem to be able to convey it through their playing. Maybe they could have played around with the production a bit (album could have been better if it was louder to be honest) but that really isn't Amon's thing; they seem pretty confident and comfortable with how they sound. If they change that, they may lose that pillar of character which makes Amon who they are. the album kind of putters out until "For Victory or Death", which is not only the best song on the album (in my opinion) but is followed by "Wrath of the norsemen" and "A Beast I am" some of the better songs on the album. FVOD sounds pretty different from anything they;ve done and quite frankly, they need to branch out bit more like this.

as for the "Aerials" cover.....seemed at times it could have worked, but everytime I started to get into it I realized "fuck I'm listening to Aerials...really". It just feels weird.
Windrider - 28.03.2011 at 17:14  
Rating: 9 Now listened to this album for 3 days, and it fucking slays! Better than Twilight imo and at least on one level with WOOOS! Best album this year for now, and very very hard to top... Really one of the best in recent time, ready to enter my all-time-fave albums
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 28.03.2011 at 20:46  
Rating: 7
Written by Paradox0 on 28.03.2011 at 04:36

Written by Amatsu Mikaboshi on 28.03.2011 at 00:59

Written by Valentin B on 27.03.2011 at 18:12

Written by Ph0eNiX on 27.03.2011 at 00:44

Covers:
I don't get the covers they chose to do for this at all... Mostly on the system and kiss fronts I'm saying this. Accept, okay, makes some sense (would just have rather heard a more obscure song from the Accept albums Library).

yeah, BttW was a way too obvious choice. way more epic would have been a groovy melodeath version of Princess of the Dawn. even the lyrics would fit just nice.


I'm still crossing fingers for the day they cover ether "Invaders" or "Iron Maiden" for personal reference!


But the vokings are chased away in Invaders, unless they change the song, such as reverse the roles. I always thought a slower heavier, more melodic version of led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" would have been great.

As for the album....ehhhh. I felt they actually tried experimenting with alot of things, but I've either heard it done better somewhere else or just didn't play into Amon's strengths. When they tried to be destructively brutal or dark, epic and desperate, they just don't seem to be able to convey it through their playing. Maybe they could have played around with the production a bit (album could have been better if it was louder to be honest) but that really isn't Amon's thing; they seem pretty confident and comfortable with how they sound. If they change that, they may lose that pillar of character which makes Amon who they are. the album kind of putters out until "For Victory or Death", which is not only the best song on the album (in my opinion) but is followed by "Wrath of the norsemen" and "A Beast I am" some of the better songs on the album. FVOD sounds pretty different from anything they;ve done and quite frankly, they need to branch out bit more like this.

as for the "Aerials" cover.....seemed at times it could have worked, but everytime I started to get into it I realized "fuck I'm listening to Aerials...really". It just feels weird.


Is it really?..... Because I always thought of it as about the Saxons being overpowered and chased away. I can't say anything yet as I ordered it months ago for it to arrive today. Only for the bastards to charge me £33 and send the bloody basic version as opposed to what I ordered, being the big fucking box one. I really became quite the engrossed fan over the last year or so.::)
azhidahakk - 30.03.2011 at 12:00  
Rating: 9 About areal cover song there's only onething that must be mentioned,and thats it shows the pwer of Amon amarth in covering those kind of songs in their own way!\m/
so i think it was a wise choice!

In general the album was great but some how i felt it a little repeated!all songs seemed to be like each other.
Zangah - 30.03.2011 at 20:06  
Rating: 9 Hey, i liked it...
Omnicosm - 30.03.2011 at 20:16  
 
Written by azhidahakk on 30.03.2011 at 12:00

In general the album was great but some how i felt it a little repeated!all songs seemed to be like each other.


We're talking about Amon Amarth here. They're fucking awesome, but it's pretty well known that you don't go seeking a lot of variation in Amon Amarth. What you can always expect is their tried-and-true, brutal, melodeath grooves--grating guitars like clashing axes and gutteral growls like war cries from the gods. To battle!... over and over again, like the cycle of Ragnarock. But we love it!
Vikingr - 30.03.2011 at 22:27  
Rating: 9 Don't fix what isn't broken. This album kicked my souls ass and made me remember why Amon Amarth is the shit!
In Bone Factory - 31.03.2011 at 09:46  
Rating: 8 I dont like it so much but the SOAD's cover is'nt that bad
Destructo - 31.03.2011 at 14:25  
Rating: 9 Why SOAD of all the bands is the biggest question ......But it's ok, the rest of the album was definitely good.
WRATH OF FENRIR - 01.04.2011 at 00:31  
Rating: 10
Written by MechanisT on 24.03.2011 at 14:27

Amon Amarth have pulled off a Bodom with this album. Meaningless covers by bands are getting on my nerves...
Behdad K2 - 02.04.2011 at 16:30  
Rating: 9 Totally agree. When I saw the tracklist, I was shocked: What the f**k?! SOAD?!
I wasn't expecting Amon Amarth doing this.
I still like "Twilight of the Thunder God" more.
PassionateApathy - 03.04.2011 at 08:21  
  I really need to pick this up, especially the special edition with the viking action figure.
Winterthrone - 04.04.2011 at 04:09  
Rating: 9 Very good album! Not touching the glory of twilight of The Thunder God though... There's something missing but it is still a very good album with great melodies and songwriting.
JeffreyAgente - 04.04.2011 at 21:07  
 
Written by MetalSpider on 24.03.2011 at 18:01

Its a very good album, but its not as good as Twilight or their masterpiece WOOS. Or even Versus the World. I'd say its about the same as Fate of Norns.


Agreed! Surtur rising don't even is a shadow of the later four albuns (Versus the world,fate of norns,With Oden On Our Side and twilight of the thundergod), specially WOOOS, which is their best album! But, it an good piece, anyway....loved the Track "Doom over dead man" and "War of the gods",and also the SOAD cover!
Necrodamus - 07.04.2011 at 07:56  
Rating: 8 Great album, one of my favs this year. Doesn't match the epicness of With Oden on Our Side, but that was a tough album to top. Here's to another!
tea[m]ster - 10.04.2011 at 20:44  
Rating: 7 Same ole, same ole. I guess that's ok if they are a favorite band but I am just an average Amarth fan.
John Shock - 14.04.2011 at 02:24  
  Man, so many low dissapointment critics! i've only heard half of the album and i must say i like it! And i'm not a fan of amon amarth, yet! i will rate it when i've heard it from it's entirely!!!
Kuroboshi - 14.04.2011 at 12:48  
Rating: 9 The last song f*cking rocks! I agree with some that feels that this is a sort of appendix to their 2008 release. But I think it is more mature, and their only better album to me is probably Versus the World.
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 14.04.2011 at 22:51  
Rating: 7 The second and final songs are fantastic, very good songs. Yet as the last song is eceptional, Amon Amarth REALLY do need to organize more variation. Hell as "Viking Metal" or not, they will never be escaped from that term. Yet when they do include sounds and elements of non-metal elements such as the horns (Arson and Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags), Clashing war scenes (Amon Amarth), and hell, animal sounds (As In Tock's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II and A Beast Am I) but just make them moooooore longer!!!!!!!! Arrrrgh!!

Sorry, I meant to say that ages ago.
MechanisT - 17.04.2011 at 19:20  
  After countless rotations on my playlist, I have to admit that this record has grown a bit on me. An upper-case 7 will do it justice. Still disappointed about the overall genericness, though. Slightly better than Twilight, in my opinion.
JeffreyAgente - 17.04.2011 at 20:03  
  This album is so good!

My favourite tracks: Wratch Of The Norsemen, Doom Over Dead Man and For Victory Of Death!
BoxCar Willy - 19.04.2011 at 18:39  
  Hows the accept cover love that sopng origibnally
BellTower - 20.04.2011 at 09:26  
  I was hoping to be blown away when I first listened to this...
Unfortunetly it felt very stale (& still does after repeated rotations.)

I guess I'll have to wait for the next one, but a weaker 'Twilight of the Thunder Gods' and now weakest 'Surtur Rising' - I'm not as convinced as I once was.

And seeming that everyone has commented on 'Aerials' - it is really that bad. I had to turn it off the moment the chorus started, and it sucks to do that to Amon Amarth.
OsMoFF - 20.04.2011 at 23:36  
Rating: 9 Really enjoying the album. War of the Gods is simply epic!
Balthazine - 21.04.2011 at 08:33  
  I liked it, wasn't the best I've heard but it had some badass tracks on it.
sina_filth - 22.04.2011 at 01:06  
  I liked it , its so good
Víctor - 25.04.2011 at 07:04  
Rating: 7 Good album but not great. I expected more of them
munson - 06.05.2011 at 15:29  
Rating: 6 I really enjoy the SOAD cover, but I thought this album was pretty boring, all things considered. Kind of a let down for me.
NocturnalStalker - 06.05.2011 at 19:22  
Rating: 8 When it comes to Amon Amarth there is no use expecting some experiments or brand-new ideas implemented into music. They have a very distinctive style which works well for them. That's not so bad actually but... Only as long as they manage to put out some powerful songs. And that's exactly the problem I have with this album. Not a single songs remains in my brain after going through this album. Maybe this one is grower and I'll change my opinion after a couple more spins but for now this one seems to be just another good album. Nothing special.
s_t_s - 08.05.2011 at 16:20  
Rating: 8 The opening and ending tracks are pure killers ! The rest is very good too and I like the addition of many solos (well seems to me a lot more solos than in the other albums). ok it's the usual Amon Amarth style but always a bit stronger every time, so keep it up !
Sepulchre - 17.05.2011 at 23:47  
Rating: 9 I don't understand all the hate for this album... In my opinion its right up there with WOOOS and Twilight. Maybe not quite as good as WOOOS but definitely every bit as good as Twilight.

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