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Amon Amarth - The Avenger (9,5/10) - Sweden - 1999

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 41:23
Band homepage: Amon Amarth

Tracklist:

  1. Bleed For Ancient Gods
  2. The Last Wish With Pagan Blood
  3. North Sea Storm
  4. Avenger
  5. God, His Son And Holy Whore
  6. Metalwrath
  7. Legend Of A Banished Man
  8. Thor Arise
Amon Amarth - The Avenger
Thundergod Thor, arise!

I think that the vikings would still rule in the high north, if they had had AMON AMARTH as music for their battles back then.

Between the traditional elk-Death and the Gothenburg-sound, the five warriors have found their own niche, drawing its strength from the union of uncompromising heaviness and epic and very catchy melodies, which are completely unimpressed by the current trends.

It doesn't matter, if you take the fast, and lavishly melodious "The Last With Pagan Blood", the furious "Bleed For Ancient Gods" or the heavy-as-hell "Metalwrath", AMON AMARTH excel in almost any facet of the Death Metal-Genre, which is also proven by the bonus-track of the limited DigiPak, because with "Thor Arise" a song of the never released first demo of the same name showcases brutal Death Metal of the early days.

Whilst listening to "The Avenger", images of the vikings, inspired by the lyrics, pass before your mind's eye, taking you back into a time, when man still fought eye to eye with his foe and battles were made from blood, fire and steel.

Hail Odin!

Alexander Melzer



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