Amon Amarth
Versus the World


4.5
superb

Review

by circleofdeadchildren USER (18 Reviews)
September 6th, 2005 | 127 replies | 18,858 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Amon Amarth is: Johan Kegg (vocals); Anders Hansson, Olavi Mikkonen (guitar); Ted Lundstrom (bass); Mike Kaukinen, Fredrik Andersson (drums).

I've heard this quite a few times now, and have finally formed an opinion strong enough to write a sufficient review. My opinion? This is nearly the best album Amon Amarth has produced (a band seemingly incapable of producing weak material). The first thing that grabs you is how raw and deep Hegg's growling vocals sound. A definite improvement, as if he's truly found his Viking soul and unleashed its fury for all to hear. The song structure on this album is very comparable to their earlier work, though without getting repetitive and dull. Rather than copying themselves, Amon Amarth seems to be slowly progressing, continually adding new acts to one single masterful epic covering every aspect of Nordic pagan culture and mythology.

Versus the World opens strongly with "Death in Fire" and "For the Stabwounds in Our Backs," among the best songs to be found herein, but slows down a bit for "Where Silent Gods Stand Guard." Admittedly, this track sounds lackluster upon first hearing it, but I have come to appreciate it since. The title track is an exceptionally worthy war anthem, packed with all the imagery and violence that made every song on The Avenger so outstanding. "Across the Rainbow Bridge," the haunting lament of an aging warrior, starts off slow and melodic, but as soon as those war drums come in around the 3:00 mark, it's impossible to resist the urge to bang your head in salute to proud Vikings of ages past. This is one of the most brilliant songs Amon Amarth has ever composed, though it may be overlooked in favor of the more fast-paced battle hymns.

"Down the Slopes of Death" is the tale of Odin's final stand, wondrously conjuring the image of the Allfather astride his eight-legged horse, spear in hand, ready to charge and meet his fate. And then comes what may be the crowning achievement in the career of these Swedes, "Thousand Years of Oppression." This song rivals "The Last with Pagan Blood," awe-inspiring in its relentless ferocity juxtaposed by a sweeping melody. I get chills when Hegg cries out: "Let the world hear these words once more, Save us O Lord from the wrath of the NORSEMEN!"

Unfortunately, due to the epic quality of "Thousand Years...," the final two tracks seem overshadowed. I'm still trying to recover when "...And Soon the World Will Cease to Be" starts up. But both it and "Bloodshed" should not be overlooked; they're really decent songs. Though not quite as strong as "Legend of a Banished Man" from The Avenger, the final track is a great closer, relating the tale of Ragnarok, the end of the world.

Overall, this is a very powerful album, in keeping with the godlike caliber of its engineers. Compared to the rest of Amon Amarth's body of work, it surpasses all but The Avenger. But with the exception of "Thousand Years..." and "Across the Rainbow Bridge," every track on here falls just short of the consistent quality of that previous work. Nonetheless, Versus the World is another triumph from the masters whose names, in my mind, are synonymous with the Viking metal genre.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
NEDM
September 6th 2005



1113 Comments


Great review but I enjoy death metal like i enjoy having my head sown to the carpet.

Shadows
Moderator
September 7th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. This album is excellent. It's not really technical or mindblowing but it has some great riffs and is very listenable. Can't wait to see these guys live in November with CoB.

circleofdeadchildren
September 7th 2005



119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ThanksThis Message Edited On 03.31.06

Aakon_Keetreh
October 8th 2005



448 Comments


this cd is pretty good, i got it about a week ago and i really liked it

I'm Charming
October 8th 2005



332 Comments


Can someone compare them to another band? I've heard alot about them and it's all been good. I'm gonna see them with Children of bodom in Nov. I'd kinda like to know what to expect?

Leper Affinity
October 8th 2005



89 Comments


At the Gates is probably more similar to them than any other band.

Arrakakaka
October 24th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The lyrics are outstanding! Then again, most viking metal lyrics are.

TheDalaiLama
November 13th 2005



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome Review,This is the best amon amarth cd.

I'm Charming
December 14th 2005



332 Comments


Excellent cd, Death In Fire is simple yet amazing.

Clown Factory
December 19th 2005



16 Comments


Your gay, death metal is awesome, and actually it's viking metal, TWAT

I'm Charming
December 19th 2005



332 Comments


Who are you talking to?

Just shut up unless you want to add on a comment with meaning,

Got that you fucking idiot?



GuitaristPaul
February 18th 2006



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album. I have been listening to a lot of it lately and have been learning some of the songs on guitar.

Death metal owns /m-_-/m

Neoteric
February 18th 2006



3243 Comments


Circleofdeadchildren, I really enjoy your reviews, thanks!

circleofdeadchildren
February 19th 2006



119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Man

Thor
March 29th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amon Amarth is crushing shit, and I love it!

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Zak_262
March 30th 2006



24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow it album is f**king awesome i love the vocals. great review

Thor
June 17th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone seen these guys live? I've heard that they put on an excellent show.

TEST
June 18th 2006



15 Comments


Yeah they are amazing live. too bad they only played 6 songs

freudianslipknot
December 9th 2006



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is great. Pity hardly anyone seems interested in it.

freudianslipknot
December 14th 2006



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have been re-listening to this album - and re-read your review. Great review actually. I tend to buy albums on the strength of reviews (if I respect the reviewer). You mention the avenger - I couldn't find a review for this album on sputnik . . . I'm just saying . . .



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