Amon Amarth
The Avenger


3.5
great

Review

by myhigherpie USER (13 Reviews)
November 12th, 2008 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Status-quo for Amon Amarth, but is that really a bad thing?

For the past 20 years Amon Amarth has pummeled us with their signature brand of Viking inspired melodic death metal. Formed under the name scum in 1988, Amon Amarth has since then released 7 studio albums and has become a staple in the extreme metal world. Their debut album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall started a legacy that has continued for years and will continue for years to come. However, there is a piece missing. A certain album not given the recognition it deserves. This album is The Avenger.

Amon Amarth is:

Johan Hegg – Vocals
Johan Soderburg – Guitar
Olavi Mikkonen – Guitar
Ted Lundstrom – Bass
Fredrick Andersson – Drums

Typically, Amon Amarth albums follow a specific formula. This includes simple, catchy, and melodic riffs, harsh growled vocals and screams, and fast, furious drums with simple bass along with their signature Viking metal edge. The Avenger is no exception, featuring all the reasons why Amon Amarth is so loved in the first place.

To begin with, Johan Hegg is an amazing vocalist. His growls are among the finest in metal today. His tone matches perfectly with the music and he has quite a range. Going from incredibly low growling to high pitch screaming, this man has it all. He is easily among the finest in death metal and worthy of recognition. Plus the guy is freaking huge I’ll give him that.

Riff wise Amon Amarth has two guitarists. One provides the catchy lead guitar roles while the other blasts away with a heavy undertone, giving a layer of brutality. To put it quite simply, Amon Amarth’s guitar work is simple, catchy, and works perfectly for what they are going for. There is nothing mind bogglingly technical. There really are no insane shred battles. However, they do change it up a lot, keeping their music from getting boring.

You can not deny Amon Amarth's knack for writing incredibly catchy, melodic songs. The song North Sea Storm is a prime example of that. Full of melody, brutality, and and oozing with viking love, it is easily the best song on the album. Avenger is a 7 minute long epic that has a huge amount of atmosphere, even though it eventually gets boring.

Atmospherically, this is no different from any other Amon Amarth album. When you close your eyes it is easy to imagine yourself in the middle of a viking battlefield. Corpses strewn across the field and the sound of blades colliding ringing in your ears. Uplifting melodies and unrelenting brutality combine together to make you feel as though vikings were raiding your neighborhood and are just outside your backyard.

Unfortunately, this album has its share of flaws. For one, it only has 7 songs. Not all of them are good as well. Its short and not as consistent as With Oden On Our Side. Do not let that deter you though because there are some great songs to dig your teeth into.

Amon Amarth’s sophomore album is by no means a slouch. It contains the definitive elements that make Amon Amarth a staple in the metal world, but it is no different from anything else they have done. This is not a bad thing though, as The Avenger has some great songs. Catchy, surprising melodies, blasting drums, and an amazing vocalist all make this a worthwhile listen. It is by no means as good as their later work such as Versus the World or With Oden on Our Side, but it is still a great album. If you are trying to get into Amon Amarth, look elsewhere. However, die hard fans will enjoy this to the fullest extent. Its an Amon Amarth album. No more, no less. There is not much more to say that has not already been said.

Recommended tracks:

The Last with Pagan Blood
North Sea Storm
Metalwrath
Legend of a Banished Man



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myhigherpie
November 12th 2008


3027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There was really no point in making an incredibly long, detailed review. Anything that can be said about the band has already been said in other reviews.

I think this explains what listeners are in for with this album.

fireaboveicebelow
November 12th 2008


6837 Comments


Going from incredibly low growling to high pitch screaming, this man has it all.
quite the exaggeration

the review, though, is pretty void of unique attributes. in other words you only say this is this guy and this is what they do, so you could, theoretically, copy the the whole thing and use it for a different band by just changing the names around. for each album you review, essentially a positive review like this, you want to point out signature elements/key attributes about it to sell it to people because not everyone knows whatever you review. granted, amon amarth is a bad example, but my advice still stands

Yazz_Flute
November 12th 2008


18811 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for finally reviewing this album. Review isnt too great but at least this album finally has a review...this is one of their best.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Xxplosive
November 12th 2008


126 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Review is not that great at all. You pretty much explained the band, and not the actually album. You need to talk about the atmosphere of the actual album, and more details about the songs too.

rasputin
November 13th 2008


14550 Comments


The band is so consistent, but they've made the same album like 7 times now and not a single one has been more than 'pretty good'. 'Death in Fire' will never stop ruling though.

myhigherpie
November 13th 2008


3027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

added a couple things I should have before. I had school the following morning and had to rush it. Then I woke up an hour early and realized I had time.

I still dont like it though... its worse than my DT review...

I need to practice... a lot.

fireaboveicebelow
November 13th 2008


6837 Comments


that's what you're here for

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2008


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My dream is to practice here, find out I suck, then just go to absolute punk.This Message Edited On 11.14.08

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

Zyhaal
January 12th 2010


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is a classic. I will say no more..

Smalley
July 5th 2010


108 Comments


This is a fine review. Pos'd.

CaptainMorgan
December 3rd 2010


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, legend of a banished man, and bleed for ancient gods are amazing, hell whole album is good

Ovrot
November 16th 2011


10508 Comments


Metalwrath m/

Digging: Satan's Satyrs - Demo 2010

ValeriusNeverDies
December 6th 2011


162 Comments


you guys keeping it real?

ValeriusNeverDies
December 6th 2011


162 Comments


guess not


13 comments.

Ovrot knows what's up.

ValeriusTheImmortal
December 14th 2011


1237 Comments


War to us is holy!
We sacrifice, our blood!
OUR BLOOOOOOD!
War to us is holy!
We bleed for ancient Gods
ANCIENT GOOOOODS!

dannyboy89
February 27th 2012


12031 Comments


Are both Valerius the same dude?

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2012


1896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interesting how i thought the earlier AA albums weren't that significant in their career. Listening to 'The Avenger', i now think otherwise. It may have the same musical formula as their other works, but the music sure does hit hard.

hammerfrost
July 2nd 2012


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love it, pass the buckfast,

darkthrone1
December 31st 2012


387 Comments


title track is epic as hell

CK
August 19th 2013


4930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Last With Pagan Blood >>>>>

Digging: Death - Human



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