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Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God

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Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God

Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God

Metal Blade Records

The Bottom Line

Another excellent effort from the Swedish Viking/melodic death metal veterans.
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Pros

  • Melodic, yet intense songs.
  • Interesting guest musicians.

Cons

  • None.

Description

  • Released September 30, 2008 on Metal Blade Records.
  • Produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork).
  • This is Amon Amarth's eighth studio CD.

Guide Review - Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God

Amon Amarth isn't a band that drastically reinvents their sound from album to album. Their brand of Viking themed melodic death metal has remained fairly consistent over the years. However, they do something on their latest CD Twilight Of The Thunder God that they haven't done in the past: bringing aboard guest musicians.

Fellow Swede and close friend L.G. Petrov from Entombed duets with Johan Hegg on "Guardians Of Asgaard." Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala also lends a guitar solo to one track. Metal cellists Apocalyptica also make an appearance on "Live For The Kill."

These new elements along with Amon Amarth's trademark sound make Twilight Of The Thunder God a familiar yet fresh album. There are more melodies and hooks than ever, with a lot of very catchy songs. There's still plenty of brutality, with intense guitars and Hegg's raspy vocals.

Amon Amarth's songwriting skill is on full display on this CD. Crushingly heavy riffs are moderated by really catchy melodies, and they also utilize keyboards to create a dark and ominous atmosphere. The lyrics, as usual, are about various aspects of Norse mythology with tales of epic battles and heroic acts.

Twilight Of The Thunder God has everything you expect in an Amon Amarth album, Expectations were high after the success of their last release, and this one delivers on those expectations.

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 5 out of 5
Worth every penny..., Member kaylewolf

Recently, a friend of mine turned me on to Amon Amarth. I was skeptical when he lent me ""Twlilight of the Thundergod"". What's the point of music that you can't understand? But, if for no other reason than to tell my friend his musical taste was off, I listened to the CD, and now I can say I'm hooked. As a long time fan of bands such as Metallica and Disturbed, I didn't expect Amon Amarth to be able to match my love for my other faves. I was quickly proven wrong. I instantly fell in love with the melody, and the vocals had an intensity that suprised me. The guitar solos were excellent, and the guest appearance by Apocalyptica was impressive and lent another, almost surreal, quality to the music. Overall, Amon Amarth is one of the few bands of any genre that I've heard who can tell a deep story through both the music and the lyrics. This album is definetly worth the price.

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