The excitement and expectations around the album are incredible... Amon Amarth certainly is the band of the hour and on the verge of its breakthrough to the best of ‘em - the quintet must have been under considerable pressure. Is it possible to top a perfect album like "With oden on our side"? You wouldn’t believe it - but the Swedes yet again deliver and have recorded another gem! Although the Vikings don’t play it safe - and have done the most versatile album of their career. Songs like "A silence loud and clear" (working title!) and the title track are among the fastest the band has ever written. But even in these ones, they aren’t shy of melodious choruses - you have to say that all choruses are extremely intense and give you the goose-bumps, anyway - hats off to singer Johan Hegg and his fantastic performance, his best so far! To the surprise of all, Amon Amarth - who always seemed to be a private function - have some guests on the album. On "Guardians of asgaard", there’s a great duet between Johan and Entombed vocalist LG Petrov, Roope Latvala of Children Of Bodom adds zest to the title song with a neat and slick solo, and on "Live for the kill", the boys indeed do collaborate with Apocalyptica - and it just sounds terrific! Don’t panic - Amon Amarth haven’t become sissies: "Twilight of the thunder god" is 100% Metal, but much more versatile, with evergreen melodies and exciting from start to finish. The last dance on this one: "Embrace of the endless ocean", the most epic, tragical and presumably also most beautiful song Amon Amarth have ever composed. A perfect ending for a truly perfect album!
Best Amon Amarth album
From the opening to the end, this album is full of great catchy riffs mixed with thunderous Agardian aggression.
This is an album I think most metal heads would appreciate no matter what genre they like
Posted on: September 16, 2014
If Asgardians made music, they would sound like this
Amon Amarth have always followed the formula of bands like AC/DC and Motorhead: If it isn't broke, don't fix it. This album delivers the same powerful, Viking inspired Melodic Death Metal they've been perfecting since their first album. The opening track is one of the greatest songs in recent memory and is far catchier than you'd typically expect a Death Metal band to deliver and every other song on this album such as 'Free Will Sacrifice' and 'Live for the Kill' are amazing as well. With regards to the musicians themselves, Johan Hegg's growls are as powerful and brutal as ever, Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Soderberg deliver beautiful guitar work and the bass of Ted Lundstrom as well as the drums of Frederik Andersson are crushing and thunderous. If there was something that stopped me rating this album higher, it would have to be that some songs are too strikingly similar to other work of theirs, for example, the 'Live for the Kill' chorus riff sounds just like 'Cry of the Black Birds' from their previous album. Nonetheless, that doesn't ruin this skull-crushingly awesome album and I'd recommend anyone looking to get into the band to listen to this immediately.