Amon Amarth
Twilight of the Thunder God


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
September 17th, 2008 | 54 replies | 9,575 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing you haven’t heard already, but who’s complaining?

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Viking metal, melodic death metal, call it what you will… Twilight of the Thunder God is Amon Amarth doing what they do best. There are very few tricks to the Swedish metal quintet’s latest installment, as the songs don’t really progress the band’s already trademarked sound. However, Twilight does give fans ten incredibly catchy new death metal songs that will stick to the back of your head for many a-listen.

Amon Amarth have never relied on sheer instrumental skill or brutality to attract the listener, and that’s certainly not the case here. What’s great about this album is that it revels in it’s simplicity. Twilight of the Thunder God is, to be blunt, loads of fun. While there are guitar solos played throughout, they’re not really there to drop jaws, but rather to give said listener a few new melodies to hum back. I couldn’t thank them more for that, because it’s worked so well on past songs like “Death in Fire”.

The album’s three guest spots are also very welcomed and provide just a slight bit of diversity. “Twlight of the Thunder God” features a blistering solo by Children of Bodom’s Roope Latvala. On a sidenote, it’s way better than any of the worthless dribble found on Blooddrunk. Former Entombed vocalist Lars Göran Petrov has a guest spot on “Guardians of Asgaard” and you can hear Apocalyptica lay down some additional string parts on “Live For the Kill”. It’s just the right amount of diversity to make this release seem fresh, while still sounding akin to all of the past Amon Amarth albums.

What makes this album really work though are the band’s choruses, which are just more than perfect for a live setting. Damn near every track on here features at least one moment of extreme catchiness, and sometimes more. Johan Hegg’s furious and crystal clear vocal performance gives fans something to chant along to, especially in songs like “Guardians of Asgaard” and “Free Will Sacrifice”. The guitars have also never sounded so crisp, while still retaining the attack and crunch from Versus the World. The harmonized riffs are consistently great, though the choice cut for me would be “Varyags of Miklagaard”, which should rightfully be considered one of the band’s best songs to date.

Simply put, Amon Amarth have put out yet another quality melodic death metal album worthy of any metal fan’s attention. Fans of the band should definitely enjoy this because all of the past elements are here, with just a few new twists every now and then. Newcomers should also enjoy this because it’s the band’s most accessible release to date and comes with a myriad of incredible hooks. Twilight of the Thunder God is just one of those must-have metal albums of the year.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fireaboveicebelow
September 17th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aaaaa 4 reviews in two days but good review so whatever

masscows
September 17th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm totally buying this when I see them next month

gud review

rasputin
September 17th 2008



14504 Comments


haha, all 4 of the reviews for this are pretty much identical :P

Essence
September 17th 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another good Thor review. I completely agree. Amon Amarth might the only band who can release the exact same record repeatedly, but make it better each and every time.

Altmer
September 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

iron maiden do that too

Essence
September 17th 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I wouldn't know, not being an avid Maiden fan.

Altmer
September 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Iron Maiden havent changed their formula one bit and its always worked for them except for the blaze albums but they didnt have dickinson

then dickinson came back and maiden were good again

kinda unlike amon amarth cos hegg's been in here since the beginning but these guys are definitely consistent as far as I can tell, and they got it right on the last twoThis Message Edited On 09.17.08

Thor
September 17th 2008



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have their four most recent albums and they're all pretty identical. Though I like the most recent two the best.

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Altmer
September 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i've heard some songs from before the last two and iirc they pretty much always sounded like this but idk

FR33L0RD
September 17th 2008



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I want this

Hawks
September 17th 2008



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Download this shit then. Its amazing.

OllieS
September 17th 2008



2024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"iron maiden do that too"
No they don't. The first 2 albums were more Metal with a Hard Rock edge, next 3 were classic Maiden, next 2 were the synthy-eperimental ones, the most recent ones have all those progressive influences, etc.

ASberg
September 17th 2008



2161 Comments


Tattered banners and bloody flags is one of my favourite AA songs now.

Altmer
September 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

No they don't. The first 2 albums were more Metal with a Hard Rock edge, next 3 were classic Maiden, next 2 were the synthy-eperimental ones, the most recent ones have all those progressive influences, etc.

they have always done that within the traditional maiden template.

maiden is definitely a band where I can drop the needle on a song and say it's maiden within 10-20 seconds.

foreverendeared
September 17th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

10-20?? damn n00b, speed it up

Essence
September 17th 2008



3559 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ha, Amon Amarth is a band you can distinguish within the first few seconds of a song.

foreverendeared
September 17th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no doubt. oh and good review Thor

Altmer
September 17th 2008



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah amon amarth and maiden are similar in that respect

foreverendeared
September 17th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

might wanna put Obituary in that category too, if only for the vocals

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2008



16007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Going to see these guys with Ensiferum October 18th! Hail Oden!

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