Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising


8.1 | 987 votes |
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

Line-up
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.

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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published 14.08.2011 | Comments (22)

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12.03.2011 - 17:33
Rating: 9
Dominus
The Shooter
Amazing as always!!!!!
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12.03.2011 - 17:35
Valentin B
Iconoclast
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.
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12.03.2011 - 21:59
Rating: 8
MetalSpider
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.
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14.03.2011 - 11:07
Mikyz
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.
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14.03.2011 - 20:30
SoulScarred
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
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15.03.2011 - 11:00
AnGina--
Dark Phoenix
Where.... How.... How come I haven't heard it yet, and you all did?

/me peers into the depths of searching for Surtur Rising
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15.03.2011 - 11:25
Reza
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I've only listened to "War Of The Gods". sounds like a great album !
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16.03.2011 - 06:32
Rating: 8
iORi
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.
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16.03.2011 - 14:20
BudDa
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
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16.03.2011 - 14:52
W-Lash
Metal Master
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.
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16.03.2011 - 14:53
Ann-Cygnus
There's a System of a Down cover?


Interesting...
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16.03.2011 - 15:45
Mikyz
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?
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19.03.2011 - 16:39
Rating: 9
Destructo
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.
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20.03.2011 - 05:43
Rating: 8
elven
8/10 for me..
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20.03.2011 - 09:42
tmclane
Destroyer of the Universe kicks so much ass
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20.03.2011 - 11:13
AnGina--
Dark Phoenix
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.
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20.03.2011 - 23:41
jfAkerfeldt
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...
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21.03.2011 - 11:07
AnGina--
Dark Phoenix
Doom Over Dead Man is the song that has me going crazy
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21.03.2011 - 19:24
Rating: 6
BaneConall
Fart Enthusiast
This album = win
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22.03.2011 - 12:49
Rating: 6
beyondtehdarksun
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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23.03.2011 - 18:37
Rating: 6
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.:Saratan:.
Disappointment! 7/10 or 6/10
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23.03.2011 - 18:41
Rating: 6
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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...
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24.03.2011 - 12:11
Rating: 8
malaikat
Well the Ariels cover sure is weak
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24.03.2011 - 14:27
MechanisT
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Amon Amarth have pulled off a Bodom with this album. Meaningless covers by bands are getting on my nerves...
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24.03.2011 - 17:18
Rating: 6
BaneConall
Fart Enthusiast
Apart from the bad SOAD cover. This album is great!
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24.03.2011 - 17:41
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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:
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24.03.2011 - 17:44
Rating: 6
BaneConall
Fart Enthusiast
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.
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24.03.2011 - 18:01
Rating: 8
MetalSpider
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.
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24.03.2011 - 19:48
guill62
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
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24.03.2011 - 19:59
Rating: 8
MetalSpider
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.
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