Amon Amarth
With Oden on Our Side


4.5
superb

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
May 25th, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Vikings would've been proud if they where listening to this crushing metal album.

My Sword Cuts Through Clothes And Skin
Like A Hot Knife Cuts Through Snow
I Smile As The Bastard Screams
When I Twist My Sword

Amon Amarth is probably not one of Sweden's almighty death metal bands but they do carry the banner with pride. The band was formed 1992 and they have been on the road ever since they took the metal world by storm with their Viking influences. Amon Amarth is actually Sindarin for Mount Doom, and the great fire mountain from J.R.R Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings saga. Anyway, a friend tipped me about this band and one day I finally found it in a store. I have to be honest and say that I had never heard anything from this band before I bought the album. Amon Amarth was more melodic and aggressive that I thought that they would be, I thought that there was going to be lots of tremolo riffing and blast beats but it wasn't so bad after all. Their music felt very simplistic but on the other hand, they created a very intriguing and captivating Norse overall atmosphere, as your mind immediately focuses on the Vikings and their way of life, their gods and stuff like that. If the Vikings had this music at their time I bet they would play it when they attacked villages or pillaging.

The Day Draws To An End
The Night Comes Dark And Cold
We Return To Our Ships
With Silver, Slaves And Gold

With Oden On Our Side was the name of the album that I was recommended to check out. There were lots of things that I thought were great and there were few, very few flaws. The overall material was very melodic and very aggressive at the same time due to the varied guitar work. I also thought that it was quite catchy and intriquing material, since once you thought that a riff was boring it suddenly changed and then it sounded great. Most of the songs follow the same direction, as they are heavy, catchy, and possess some tempo changes here and there plus some varied vocals.The songs still sound quite different but most songs have a similar pace and song structure but it is the atmosphere that grasps you by the balls. It is very hard to put into words the way theatmospheres and melodies connect the listener to the song, but they have this sad/depressive sound which still has a very proud and uplifting vibe. I can just say that the music always keep you interested and hungry for more.

Son Of Oden
Thundergod
Master Of War
Asator!

Heh, this crew actually looks like a bunch of Vikings, especially the vocalist [b]Johan Hegg[b]. The only things that are missing on these guys are some rough armour, a horned helmet, a huge shield and a blood soaked sword, or axe if you like. Anyway, this crew knows how to create good music. The vocals are not your usual death metal growls or Gothenburg rasp (like In Flames). Here you have loud and very dark roars but there are also some deeper growls and harsh shrieks scattered throughout this album. Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Soderberg are the two guitarists and they really shine in this album. Their riff arsenal is very diverse and varied, as they don't use or recycle riffs and instead they feed you with newer ones all the time. Most of the time you will experience heavy and catchy rhythm sections that crushes like a war-hammer and leads that cuts like an axe through chain mails. There are melodic tremolo riffs, some thrash influenced riffs, standard but heavy shredding and other types of common metal riffing. The guitar solos might not be so incredibly impressive though, as of their most solos are not so highly complex or technical. They are melodic and quite simply structured but they add a good texture and sound to the songs. Ted Lundstrom is the bassist, and unfortunately you won't hear much from him. His bass follows the drums and rhythm guitars and this makes the bass drown, as it is very hard to hear the bass behind the guitars. Fredrik Andersson handles the drumming, but he doesn't use the old fashion death metal type of drumming. Since this is melodic death metal the drums are quite mellow, and there are lots of rattling double bass but no blast beats or intense ''Slayer'' drumming. The whole drum performance is quite simple but Fredrik gives the songs a very catchy vibe and great energy.

Heading To The Emerald Land
A Fleet Of 50 Ships
A Army Of 2000 Men
Led By The King

So what was good and bad with this album? Actually nothing to be honest, this is one of few albums that I can listen through without having a break. I enjoy this album from start to finish; when I listen to a song or a certain section in a song I know that there will be better material up ahead. If I have to mention one bad thing, or maybe two, it would have to be the poor bass and the number of songs. I miss the bass but the music was heavy enough and I would've liked a few more songs so that the total number would had been eleven or twelve, but I love the album anyway. I highly recommend this band and album to followers of melodic death metal. Even if you haven't heard so much melodic death metal this is still a very good place to start since the lyrics are not so offending or obscure (as death metal lyrics can be), plus the material is melodic and catchy, which makes it easier to get into. If you want Viking death metal without the melodies, then I recommend that you have a look at the band Unleashed which has also Viking influenced material, but for those who want a little bit more atmosphere, then this album is for you.

Under The Winter Skies
We Stand Glorious
And With Oden On Our Side
We Are Victorious

Positives
+ Excellent melody performed with a large amount of different riffs
+ Captivating guitar work, solid gold
+ Even if the music feels simplistic the atmosphere feels enormous
+ Great vocal performance since there is a good vocal variety
+ This album makes you want to re-learn the Northern mythology

Negatives
- The bass fades away because of the guitars

Recommended Tracks
-- Gods Of War Arise
-- Prediction Of Warfare
-- Vallhall Awaits Me
-- Asator

4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Eakflanderyof
May 25th 2007


2143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. This is a pretty good album, but it gets somewhat tiring with repeated listens. It's still a great listen since I only occasionally pop it in the stereo.

Some of the music gets kind of samey-sounding around the middle of the album too. Still, it's a good viking metal album with some great riffs.

And I don't care what anyone says. The lyrics are awesome. This Message Edited On 05.25.07

Altmer
May 25th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

don't have the album, but good review.

the only viking metal i really listen to is bathory's nordland stuff

masscows
May 25th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good review. I like how you put lyric samples between each paragraph, really makes someone who doesn't have the album more interested in it.

I would also like to point out that you put JJR Tolkein and not JRR Tolkein in on of the first paragraphs, you may wanna fix that.

Dethtrasher
May 25th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh, thanks. Will fix that now.

kalkal50
May 25th 2007


2386 Comments


Hurray Deth, another review of yours sweeps the grounds. I like the new format, and if you insist, I will download this

Thor
May 25th 2007


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gods of War Arise is one of the best songs of 2006.

Decent review. I wished you talked about the songs more than you talked about the musicians. Just something to try for your next review.

Yazz_Flute
May 25th 2007


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, i just got this album and listened to it three times on my trip to DC. It does sound a bit samey, but it did grow on me with every lsiten. The first two songs are my two favorites on this album quite easily, though every song was pretty damn good.

Digging: Battles - Mirrored

BallsToTheWall
May 26th 2007


44373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

an awsome cd catchy and brutal as hell

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

jrowa001
May 26th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i basically agree completely with you on this album. excellent review. but i think cry of the black birds is one of the best songs on the album

Confessed2005
May 26th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^ Cry of the Blackbirds is amazing, one of the best songs the band have ever done.

Great review as always Deth - glad you enjoyed this!

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 26th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If the Vikings had this music at their time I bet they would play it when they attacked villages or pillaging.
That would be so epic. Great review.

Dethtrasher
May 26th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Decent review. I wished you talked about the songs more than you talked about the musicians. Just something to try for your next review.

Good point there Thor, I just got two new albums that I will review so I will have your tip in mind. I wonder how the world would look like if the Vikings lived longer than they did. I never knew that they traveled all the way to Asia.

jrowa001
May 26th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the vikings were some crazy mother f******

Yazz_Flute
May 26th 2007


18783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big motherfuckers as well. And on a different note, i am about 10 percent Norweigan =D

And Cry of the Blackbirds is my third fav on the album, every song still kicks ass, but i really just love the first two a whole lot. This album's growing on me.

Also, i'm downloading versus the world and fate of the norns right now, that makes four amon amarth albums for me in six days. I actually have enough to downlaod "avenger" and "once sent...." but i'm gonna wait a bit longer for that.

FR33L0RD
May 29th 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Brilliant Review Dethtrasher
===============
I fall in love with this album after seeing a video of one of the song and decided to get the Album
Melodic Death Metal at his best
Simply AmazingThis Message Edited On 05.29.07This Message Edited On 05.29.07

Slaytan
June 2nd 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great review, very well done. The only thing that can match the brutality of this album is Dethklok, haha.

Moople
June 22nd 2013


228 Comments


rip dethtrasher



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