Fate of Norns
Released: 2004, Metal Blade
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”*****