Amon Amarth
Twilight of the Thunder God


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
September 17th, 2008 | 34 replies | 6,551 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While still keeping things basic, Amon Amarth deliver the most polished and consistent album of their career.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

There’s a commonplace saying that goes ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it’, and this perfectly sums up Amon Amarth’s attitude to their own style of music. Twilight of the Thunder God, their latest album, is probably the most consistent album they’ve ever released, but one has to raise the question, ‘how much have Amon Amarth actually changed over the course of their 15 year existence?’. Their last two releases have seen improvements in the production, and a slight change in the nature of the songs, opting for the shorter, more accessible 3-4 minute songs, rather than their older habit of having several 8 minute epics on an album. But the reality of the situation is that they sound almost identical to how they sounded two years ago, 5 years ago, or even 10 years ago. As mentioned before, the attitude of ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it’ is the most obvious factor; although having released basically the same album 7 times, Amon Amarth are hugely successful, and even I cannot deny that their music is very enjoyable. In this respect, Twilight of the Thunder God is a good album; it’s hardly different from anything Amon Amarth have put out before, but the band has somewhat perfected their own formula, putting together a solid 10 song album that is both accessible and well made.

The album wastes no time throwing you into the mix; opener ‘Free Will Sacrifice’ begins with a catchy riff, punctuated by a typical Amon Amarth-esque melodic line. Johan Hegg’s vocals are noticeably better, and his low gutturals over the said melodies sound very impressive. Each song follows the same basic formula; after opening with a riff and melodic line, the song will alternate between the two in various ways. Nonetheless, although having a definite Amon Amarth feel, each song is varied and individual enough to make this a captivating listen throughout. In this sense, it is definitely the most consistent album the band has made. Unlike earlier albums in which a single song would encapsulate a large portion of the album’s strength (Versus the World/’Death in Fire’), Twilight of the Thunder God keeps things socialist and distributes the win evenly. This is not to say that some songs aren’t better than the others; just that one can listen to the album in full without much complaint.

In this respect, it feels as if Amon Amarth were literally brimming with ideas when it came to writing Twilight of the Thunder God. There is no shortage of epic riffs, tasteful solos and Viking inspired lyrics. Where other Amon Amarth albums would taper off in particular sections, this time around they’ve put in every effort to keep this album’s tenacity. Proof of this comes in the fact that there is something, be it a riff, a melody, or an instance of vocal delivery, in every song that keeps you coming back. An example would be the exemplary post-chorus melody in ‘Vargays of Miklagaard’, which although overshadowing the rest of the song, still keeps it as something I, or any other, can comfortably listen to on repeat. Structurally, variation is nil. This can be a major turn off for some, prime example being me. However, while ignoring any sort of progression within their music, Amon Amarth make sure to deliver good, solid songs which make Twilight of the God a worthwhile experience.

This album is, as mentioned before, the perfection of Amon Amarth’s formula. The fact that there have been no lineup changes in the band for over 10 years might be a factor of this; the band has had time to settle down and mature their own sound. It may be a safe and boring approach to success but it has nonetheless worked in the case of Amon Amarth. Twilight of the Thunder God breaks no boundaries, stays away from innovation and progression, and does not give us anything we haven’t heard before. If you’ve listened to Amon Amarth previously, regardless of which period of their career you’ve heard, you should already know what to expect with this album. Even so, one can’t help but enjoy it. An album that will no doubt keep fans happy, and bring forth another horde of more, Twilight of the Thunder God is a polished and well made album that leaves little to be desired.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Meatplow
September 17th 2008



5524 Comments


I can picture every review on here saying exactly the same thing :p

Good work.

rasputin
September 17th 2008



14516 Comments


Yeah, I saw Mike's rating then your review and thought to myself 'fuck', but I'm too tired to care.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2008



20855 Comments


This week's 'Death Magnetic' by the look of it.

badtaste
September 17th 2008



824 Comments


Good review g.

JumpTheF**kUp
September 17th 2008



2710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah excellent review, pretty much exactly what I feel about this album.

rasputin
September 17th 2008



14516 Comments


'Varyags of Miklagaard' is probably my favourite track.

BallsToTheWall
September 17th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

4 reviews, geesh. Nice review, i'm between a 3.5 and 4 but good stuff, almost as solid as Hammer Battatlion.

Altmer
September 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good album, good revue, album is pretty much one of the better things to come out this year

Willie
Moderator
September 17th 2008



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Whoa, so apparently I don't really have much choice when it comes to new reviews today ;) Good review, but their last album didn't do much for me.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

Shrew_Biter
September 17th 2008



4 Comments


...rather disappointing

rasputin
September 19th 2008



14516 Comments


Not really disappointing, in terms of Amon Amarth. In terms of melodic death, death metal, or just metal, yeah it's nothing special.

Essence
September 20th 2008



3577 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LIES AND BLASPHEMY

rasputin
October 7th 2008



14516 Comments


NO U

masscows
October 7th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rasputin i really don't understand how you can think this is good but think WOOOS which is one of the best melodic death metal albums of the decade sucks

this is so uninspired and boring. no passion whatsoever.

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Somebody that agrees with me on TOTTG and WOOOS, ftw.

marksellsuswallets
October 7th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some of the songs here have grown off me slightly but Guardians of Asgaard, as well as a few others, are still pretty freakin sweet...

Yazz_Flute
October 7th 2008



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Guardians os Asgaard is the only song i don't particularly like here....

Live For the Kill is their best song since Thousand Years of Oppression imo.

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

rasputin
October 7th 2008



14516 Comments


rasputin i really don't understand how you can think this is good but think WOOOS which is one of the best melodic death metal albums of the decade sucks



this is so uninspired and boring. no passion whatsoever.

This is far more consistent than WOOOS. That had a couple of okay tracks, and the rest were completely forgettable. I'd actually say that WOOOS is the more uninspired album. I personally don't think any Amon Amarth album is more than a 3, anyway.

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely not man. Songwriting was much,much,much,much,much stronger and consistent on the previous album. Embrace of the Endless Ocean is complete shit compared to Prediction of Warfare which is dissapointing because A.A have usually strong closers.

rasputin
October 7th 2008



14516 Comments


Songwriting was much,much,much,much,much stronger and consistent on the previous album.

Hardly. To be honest, there isn't all that much difference between the two albums; it's just typical Amon Amarth.



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