Amon Amarth
Fate of Norns


3.5
great

Review

by A.K. USER (66 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 60 replies | 15,878 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Background Info
Amon Amarths fourth release. Medium paced hymns and always with Viking themes. I have read many reviews for this CD in metal magazines and many think that this is Amon Amarth’s best CD. It is definitely one of their best CDs.

An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm
Great opening song, it sets the pace for the rest of the CD. The guitar theme is very nicely put together with Johan’s deep growls. I must also say, through this entire CD the thing that impressed me a lot is how nice all the instruments sound especially the bass drum. 5/5

Where Death Seems to Dwell
I enjoy the lyrics for this song, since they are about a mans hellish struggles, but the song starts up too late. For the first minutes it is very slow and gets quite boring after a while. If you have the patience though, the end of the song is worth the wait. 3/5

The Fate of Norns
One of the best songs on the CD. Keeps you hooked on it through all six minutes of it. The guitars play great melodies and the drumming and bass are decent. Johan offers a wider range of vocals on this song than on any other song. 5/5

Pursuit Of Viking
A great song, very epic at times. I liked the guitar so much on this song I tabbed it out for myself so I could play it. This song never gets boring no matter how many times you listen to it. Everything about this song kicks ***.
5/5

Valkyries Ride
I don't like this song much, I don't know why. It is very much like must of the other songs on this CD. The problem is it's too mediocre; nothing really sticks out in this song. 3/5

The Beheading of a King
A short song but very enjoyable at all times. Probably the fastest song on the CD it explores the classic viking theme of battle. It tells the real story of the Danish king who tried to tax the Vikings and ended up losing his head. 5/5

Arson
This song is good through most of its duration. It goes by relatively fast even though it is pretty long. There are some nice guitar harmonies towards the end. Johan vocals are pretty good too. 4/5

Once Sealed in Blood
A good way to end the CD. It has all the elements from the 8 songs and wraps them into one song. The drumming is very nice, along with some good guitar riffs, this song is a very solid way to end the album. 3.75/5

In overall, this album is great, for any fans of In Flames and At The Gates, I recommend you get this. A solid CD.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 22nd 2004



106 Comments


Versus the World was definitely better.

Ok review though.

Silenius
November 22nd 2004



303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've only heard a few things of Versus the World, and I wasn't really that critical when I wrote this review.

superpeer
November 22nd 2004



257 Comments


My girlfriend bought this album, I've heard bits and pieces of it, sounds like the same old, but still good. :thumb:

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 22nd 2004



106 Comments


[QUOTE=Superpeer]My girlfriend bought this album[/QUOTE]


My girlfriend listens to Ryan Cabrera

BoboTheRagingHobo
November 22nd 2004



48 Comments


[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]Versus the World was definitely better.

Ok review though.[/QUOTE]


I agree, it does not have that many stand out tracks like Versus The World has. But it still has The Pursuit Of Vikings, which is just a kick ass song.

Magicaltroll
November 22nd 2004



43 Comments


yeah this is a pretty good album havent heard any of their other stuff
but pretty good 1st review

superpeer
November 23rd 2004



257 Comments


[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]My girlfriend listens to Ryan Cabrera [/QUOTE]

Well then : My girlfriend > Your Girlfriend.

94_Hours
August 31st 2005



73 Comments


Arson is amazing. The lyrics make you cry.

Apathy
September 14th 2005



645 Comments


The song "Death in Fire" off Versus the World is good but repetitive. Does this album follow that general formula? Thanks. Good review too.

SHthrash
December 5th 2005



7 Comments


Nice review. I went to see Amon Amarth a few days ago, and they were pretty cool. Lots of energy but all the songs seemed almost exactly the same. Is it the same way with this album?

CoF
December 11th 2005



25 Comments


I just heard a songs from this band and i loved them. Great Death Metal

Dead_Trench
December 12th 2005



159 Comments


Very good album, it's consistent, but still has a few standout tracks. Like Pursuit Of Vikings, Arson and Beheading Of A King.

I'm Charming
December 14th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pursuit of Vikings is amazing. My second favorite amon amarth song after Death In Fire.

CoF
December 22nd 2005



25 Comments


^^^Have you seen both video clips. I hasve this album now not as good as versus the world but its close.

Thor
February 4th 2006



10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bumped for greatness.

An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm has one of my favorite riffs ever.

GuitaristPaul
February 19th 2006



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Amon Amarth and this album. Great stuff to learn on guitar.

Poofy 666
March 1st 2006



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=Thor]Bumped for greatness.



An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm has one of my favorite riffs ever.
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That song makes me want to kick kittens and plunder villages

ajmm268
May 30th 2006



51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^^^ same here


whatduffhuck7
September 8th 2006



163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Pursuit of Vikings is one of the best music videos ive seen. realling shows the viking metal.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2007



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god this album kicks so much fucking ass



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