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Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God (CD)

Amon Amarth
Twilight Of The Thunder God
by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos at 07 September 2008, 6:11 PM

The band from Sweden with the J. R. Tolkien inspired moniker has been making slow but steady steps in establishing the name AMON AMARTH in the Metal scene. So, after six albums I think we all know what to expect when these gentlemen take over the stage and start telling stories about Vikings, wars and Norse gods. Indeed, their synchronized headbanging the bone crushing riffs and the ton-heavy rhythms are parts of the trademark music genre called Viking Metal.
After the excellent With Oden on Our Side in 2006 AMON AMARTH challenge themselves with the seven full length album under the fitting title Twilight Of The Thunder God. And I say challenge because I thought that album was meant to be their best; fortunately I was wrong since the new release will once again snap our necks, keep us company in beer drinking while preparing for war!
The albums take you to the pre Christian Scandinavian landscapes with Twilight Of The Thunder God. The main riff sounds familiar to previous albums and maybe it is but AMON AMARTH manage to create something fresh without escaping their own music boundaries. The new album brings for the first time some guest appearances; the first is Roope Latvala from CHILDREN OF BODOM who lays a guitar solo here. One think that I really love with the Swedes is that they manage to sound even more heavier in the slow tempo tracks; like Free Will Sacrifice where the down tuned almost muffled guitars and the steady drumming create a impenetrable concrete sound wall! Guardians Of Asgaard is an ultra classic AMON AMARTH war hymn! The main guitar riff and the the tormenting pace will make your neck snap while singing along ENTOMBED's L.G. Petrov the chorus lines.
If you are writing music inspired by the Norse mythology you are a genuine failure if you don't bring some Epic atmosphere in your songs. AMON AMARTH are now experts in this and prove it in Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags (listen to the keyboards in the background) or in the almost seven minutes of the epos Embrace Of The Endless Ocean that will take you upon a Drakard in a stormy sea through the smooth opening legato. The last (but not least) guest appearance happens in Live For The Kill where the cellos of APOCALYPTICA build the tension with the melodic break near the end.
I think you got my point that AMON AMARTH added another weapon in their arsenal marking their own space in the Metal scene. If you believe that they are just repeating themselves think of MOTORHEAD to realize that it is extremely difficult to write good music without escaping your own sound. Nothing needs to be said; this is another excellent release from the Swedes that will travel us upon forgotten times and territories fighting unknown gods and monsters. So fill up your tankards with beer and let the war begin!

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Twilight Of The Thunder God
Free Will Sacrifice
Guardians Of Asgaard
Where Is Your God?
Varyags Of Miklagaard
Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags
No Fear For The Setting Sun
The Hero
Live For The Kill
Embrace Of The Endless Ocean
Lineup:
Johan Hegg - Vocals
Johan Soderberg - Guitars
Olavi Mikkonen - Guitars
Ted Lundstrom - Bass guitar
Fredrik Andersson - Drums
Record Label: Metal Blade Records
     


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