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Amon Amarth - The Crusher (9/10) - Sweden - 2001

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 49:36
Band homepage: Amon Amarth

Tracklist:

  1. Bastards Of A Lying Breed
  2. Masters Of War
  3. The Sound Of Eight Hooves
  4. Risen From The Sea (2000)
  5. As Long As The Raven Flies
  6. A Fury Divine
  7. Annihilation Of Hammerfest
  8. The Fall Through Ginnungagap
  9. Releasing Surtur's Fire
  10. Eyes Of Horror (Bonus-Track)
Amon Amarth - The Crusher
The Vikings have set sails again, to go on their third pillage. Albeit the rhythm is given by a new thundergod, the oarsmen of the dragonship are driven on by the merciless cadence, driving the prow through the churning waves of the ocean, their goal always in sight.

"Bastards Of A Lying Breed" is the beginning of the third album of AMON AMARTH, Sweden's most probably best Viking-Death Metal-band and stands fully in the tradition of their creation so far. With tremendous force and power, driven by Fredrik Andersson's powerful double-bass-attacks, the quintet is thundering through your speakers, borne by the AMON AMARTH-typical heavy, yet so very melodious guitars and Johan Hegg's unmistakable vocals, this is what I love in AMON AMARTH!

The following "Masters Of War" is not that straight, the rhythm varying, yet never taking away even one crumb of force and the melodies are as grand as always, great! "The Sound Of Eight Hooves", straight, fast, majestic, AMON AMARTH, could have stood on "The Avenger" just the same. After the great remake of "Risen From The Sea" in its rather slower pace with double-bass-blasts before its increasing in speed dramatically, "As Long As The Raven Flies" is exploding through your stereo, with mid-tempo-double-bass and a force pinning you to the wall.

"A Fury Divine" bears its name absolutely deservedly, mercilessly driven forward by the double-kick-drums, the Northmen are slashing us their majestic melodies around our ears that you can just stare in awe. After the mid-paced "Annihilation Of Hammerfest" and the varied "The Fall Through Ginnungagap", AMON AMARTH have yet another ace up their sleeve in "Releasing Surtur's Fire". Alternating between double-bass and mid-paced double-kick, the very melodious guitars again drive you deeper and deeper into the world of AMON AMARTH, who once has set a foot into it, will never completely escape again!

The POSSESSED-cover-tune "Eyes Of Horror" bears the trademark-guitar-sound of the Swedes, but again clearly raises the question what the hell people like about POSSESSED, I cannot find anything in it appealing me even in the least...

OK, what did I forget so far? The production by HYPOCRISY-drummer Lars Szöke is tremendous, just what AMON AMARTH need, the whole packaging is in the style of "The Avenger". What else? Well, who has liked "The Avenger" will love "The Crusher" all the same, they have stuck close to their style, but without copying themselves, what always is a danger.

Oh, and something else, "The Crusher" won't catch flame right at the beginning, so don't get disappointed, listen to it again and again, then it will come - with full force!

Now they only need a good tour, then AMON AMARTH should be ready to take on the world!

Alexander Melzer



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