|Review: Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side|
|With Oden On Our Side|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: September 12, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:With Oden On Our Side
Rated 4.73/5 (94.55%) (55 Votes)
I will come right out and say that I was not expecting this to be that great. Despite the fanboying, Amon Amarth have been in a slump since The Crusher, with the much-fellated Vs The World being a solid but unambitious album of standard Death Metal, and Fate Of Norns being even more lackluster. I was expecting this to be just another pale echo of a fading band who had lost the will to do anything but just go through the motions. But thank the Aesir, Amon Amarth are not done yet.
Album opener "Valhall Awaits Me" is not that great, pretty much a standard AA song, and since their opening song is usually the best one, I thought it boded ill for this album. But then the awesome riffs of "Runes To My Memory" woke me up, and the album hardly lets up after that, through the pounding "Asator", the massive title track, or the neck-snapping headbang fest that is "Hermod's Ride To Hel". This is the same Amon Amarth we know and love, but they have not been this on the ball since Once Sent From The Golden Hall, I kid you not. The band that seemed to meander somnambulistically through the second half of Fate Of Norns just can't stop killing on this album. At last we have songs worthy to stand beside classics like "The Mighty Doors Of The Speargods Hall" or "Victorious March". This is the album we all wanted from Amon Amarth, but didn't think we'd ever get.
I am so used to AA albums being only so-so that I have to keep spinning this one to reassure myself that this kills as much as I keep swearing it does, and every time I play it, it kicks my ass all over again. Maybe not the band's best album ever, but easily their best in the last eight years, and right up there with their debut. I am just surprised and delighted by how much ass this album kicks. If you've written this band off, then get this album and reconsider, trust me. Amon Amarth is back at the prow of their longship, and blood and fire are coming ashore one more time.
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