Amon Amarth
Versus the World


5.0
classic

Review

by Vak USER (12 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Die in fire, cross the Rainbow bridge and drink with your brothers until Ragnarok.

Known for their remarkable consistency in the past 21 years, Amon Amarth have managed to, for the most part escape the criticisms and harsh feedback that usually comes with such a decision. When a band release 3 albums of the same material people are usually quick to jump in and call them out. Amon Amarth however, having released 9 and garnering praise with each release one begins to ask 'what makes this band so special?' In this instance, you don't have to look any further than Versus the World.

To put it simply, Amon Amarth are just an incredibly fun listen. From the catchy, melodic riffs to the big chorus' about Norse Mythology, one can't help but get swept away in the sea of rage and glory. One of the defining elements of Amon Amarths music are Johan Heggs vocals. He has an incredible range and can go from the low, deep death growls to the high pitched shrieking found in alot of Black Metal vocalists at the drop of a hat. The amount of effort and emotion he brings also elevates him above much of his peers. You can tell that this is a genuine passion for him, not just in it for fame and money (for glory though....). The lyrics, mentioned earlier revolve around Norse Mythology. 'Across the Rainbow Bridge' deals with a man seeking a glorious death in battle but cannot find one (the Rainbow Bridge is said to connect the realms of Midgard ((Migard being the Human realm)) and Asgard ((Asgard being the gods realm)) '...And Soon the World Will Cease To Be' is about the beginning of Ragnarok, going through all the events prophesied to lead up the end of the world. Paired along side Johans savage vocal delivery, it just simply works.

So, the vocals are great. But what of the acompanying music? It may be simple, yet it's very effective. Lots of tremelo picked riffs, catchy leads, massive power chords and a thumping bass drum add to the ferocity. The riffs have a distinct 'Viking' feel to them, and its easy to imagine yourself (or someone else if you're to whimpy) beating soemone to a bloody pulp then proceeding to grope the nearest mead carrying tavern wench in site. Accomanying the guitars are the drums, which do a great job at keeping a fist pumping beat as the often pounding bass drum gets bashed into oblivion. It's also some of the most emotional (at least by Amon Amarth standards) music they've ever played. The aformentioned 'Across the Rainbow Bridge'. 'Death in Fire' and 'For the Stabwounds in Our Backs' all do a fantastic job at keeping with the anguish and rage in Johans vocals.

Say what you will about them, it can't change the fact Amon Amarth have been creating some of the most enjoyable death metal for the past 21 years. They realise this is a style people connect with, love and need. They've fallen upon a winning formula, that in the eyes of their fans can do no wrong. But it's Versus the World that stands head and shoulders above the rest of Amon Amarths discography for it's emotional output, being the finest album they've created to date. Long may Odin keep Amon Amarths fire lit, and in return long may Amon Amarth continue to make music that people love. Now grab a horn of mead, embrace your brothers and get ready to belt out some glorious tunes.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Vakarian12
June 27th 2013


3925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah best Amon

CK
June 27th 2013


4952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah best Amon[2]

Alastor
June 27th 2013


349 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not only best Amon, but also best melodeath album out there.

ViperAces
June 27th 2013


12504 Comments


^^^
lol

best amon tho

Vakarian12
June 27th 2013


3925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that's a big call, but I think I will agree with it =)

ViperAces
June 27th 2013


12504 Comments


have you heard crimson?

Hawks
June 27th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looks like I'm the only one that disagrees here so far. Still a great album though.

Vakarian12
June 27th 2013


3925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I've heard both. I prefer this

ViperAces
June 27th 2013


12504 Comments


have you heard subterranean?

Vakarian12
June 27th 2013


3925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what do you think is best Amon Hawks?

Vakarian12
June 27th 2013


3925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@viper

never been a big fan of In Flames stuff

ViperAces
June 27th 2013


12504 Comments


you should check it man, its my favourite in flames.
i can get why you would love this more if youre not too big on osdm but thats the other way around for me

Vakarian12
June 27th 2013


3925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

alright I'll check it out soon. Not heard a great deal of osdm though so can't really comment on which I prefer

ViperAces
June 27th 2013


12504 Comments


that would be your way of finding out

Hawks
June 27th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what do you think is best Amon Hawks?

With Oden On Our Side and Twilight of the Thunder God are tied as my favorite.

Poet
June 27th 2013


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

more like 7-8th best Amon

Poet
June 27th 2013


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

stupid double post

MO
June 27th 2013


19078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yes album is so good, tied for the best with once sent

thousand years of oppression is one of the greatest songs ever

Funeralopolis
June 27th 2013


11893 Comments


best amon yea

Digging: Owen Pallett - In Conflict

Hawks
June 27th 2013


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I never realized so many people liked this one the most.



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