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Amon Amarth
Fate of Norns
December 2004
Released: 2004, Metal Blade
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP



There are some minor grumblings about the evolution (very slight IMO) in the bands sound but yes it is there. However, that doesn’t bother me at all because these warriors deliver the goods. It’s as if they are the Manowar of Viking metal. They just put their heads down, found the crushing groove and don’t really mess with the formula for success. Catchy as hell, great guitar tone, spot on vocal delivery this is sure to win even more fans. Could Fate of Norns be a death metal album for non-death metal fans? The band looks mean and vintage in the gorgeous package and more importantly they sound mean. A rotting death-mix of Bathory, Unleashed, Entombed Manowar, Virgin Steel and all things cool and northern.
Track Listing

1. An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm
2. Where Death Seems To Dwell
3. The Fate Of Norns
4. The Pursuit Of Vikings
5. Valkyries Ride
6. The Beheading Of A King
7. Arson
Once Sealed In Blood

Lineup

Johan Hegg-Vocals
Johan Soderberg-Guitar
Olavi Mikkonen-Guitar
Ted Lundstrom-Bass
Fredrik Andersson-Drums

Contact

N/A

Concert Reviews

» Children of Bodom, Trivium, Amon Amarth: Live In Vancouver: November 22, 2005

» Children of Bodom / Amon Amarth in NYC

» Amon Amarth / Finntroll / Octavia Sperati - Carling Academy, Islington / London, England

» Dimmu Borgir / Amon Amarth / Engel - The Forum, London

» Amon Amarth / Himsa / Sonic Syndicate - Live in NYC: 12/3/07

» Amon Amarth / Obituary / Legion of the Damned / Keep of Kalessin - The Forum, London

» Amon Amarth / Goatwhore / Skeletonwitch Live in Orlando - May 1, 2009

» Amon Amarth with Entombed on the Twilight Of The Thunder God Scandinavian at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

» CHILDREN OF BODOM, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum @ HMV Forum, London

» Amon Amarth: Live in Calgary, Canada Aug. 6th, 2011

» AMON AMARTH @ HMV Forum, London

» AMON AMARTH/Grand Magus/In Solitude@ Mandela Hall, Belfast


Next review: » Amon Amarth - Fate of Norns
Previous review: » Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods

Amon Amarth
Fate of Norns
May 2005
Released: 2004, Metal Blade
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: El Cid

Here we go again! Amon Amarth brings us another reason to grab your helmets and sail into battle with their follow-up to VS THE WORLD, FATE OF NORNS. What can I say about Amon Amarth that hasn’t been said 10 times before already? They are Death Metal? True, but not entirely. They don’t change anything in their sound from album to album? True, but not entirely. That they all enjoy the sauce? True, just true. The thing about this great band, is that they aren’t exactly Death Metal as anyone would understand it, their music is more closely tied to melody rather than anything else. The thing that makes this great is that their song writing is creative and pretty slick. What do I mean? When Amon Amarth lay the melody into a song, they don’t just use to adorn a chorus or slip a solo in, the melody is actually the base of the song, it’s there from beginning to end, “hidden” along with the rhythm guitar. More to the point, The riffing on this album is brilliant, but then again we have come to expect nothing less from the Swedes’ efforts. The bass delivers, binding the whole together, the drumming is actually extremely good, since Fredrik Andersson is actually a very underrated drummer.



A word to those who claim that Amon Amarth doesn’t change anything in their sound from album to Album, Listen closer. The band maintains the whole of what their roots are, the style in their lyrics, their tight playing, the superb riff structure… but if you can’t see the differences between FATE OF NORNS and ONCE SENT FROM A GOLDEN HALL, you aren’t paying much attention. The song writing is much more mature and what’s even better, the changes have been so subtle and progressive they haven’t bothered anyone at all. I do believe the boys in Amon Amarth have come a long way since the days of SORROW THROUGHOUT THE NINE WORLDS and are now much more seasoned musicians and it shows very much in their work.



Choice Cuts: “An ancient sign of coming Storm” ****, “The Valkyries Ride”*****
Track Listing

An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm
Where Death Seems To Dwell
The Fate Of Norns
Pursuit Of Vikings
The Valkyries Ride
Beheading Of A King
Arson
Once Sealed In Blood

Lineup

n/a

Contact

N/A

Concert Reviews

» Children of Bodom, Trivium, Amon Amarth: Live In Vancouver: November 22, 2005

» Children of Bodom / Amon Amarth in NYC

» Amon Amarth / Finntroll / Octavia Sperati - Carling Academy, Islington / London, England

» Dimmu Borgir / Amon Amarth / Engel - The Forum, London

» Amon Amarth / Himsa / Sonic Syndicate - Live in NYC: 12/3/07

» Amon Amarth / Obituary / Legion of the Damned / Keep of Kalessin - The Forum, London

» Amon Amarth / Goatwhore / Skeletonwitch Live in Orlando - May 1, 2009

» Amon Amarth with Entombed on the Twilight Of The Thunder God Scandinavian at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

» CHILDREN OF BODOM, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum @ HMV Forum, London

» Amon Amarth: Live in Calgary, Canada Aug. 6th, 2011

» AMON AMARTH @ HMV Forum, London

» AMON AMARTH/Grand Magus/In Solitude@ Mandela Hall, Belfast


Next review: » Amon Amarth - Sutur Rising
Previous review: » Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods





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