|Review: Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 11, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Eighth album on the almost twenty-year history of Amon Amarth, the flagship Viking band and one of Metal Blade's longest-running and most dependable acts. It's hard to believe that the seminal Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds EP was released fifteen years ago, but here we are, and here Amon Amarth is still soldiering onward.
I think this is a bit of a step up from the last one. Even if Twilight of the Thunder God was a big step back from the awesomeness of With Oden on Our Side, it was still a solid album. That said, it was not the best this band can do, and if this one does not quite reach the catchy, furious heights of Oden, it is still a kickass album. If there has to be a caveat about this, it's that Amon Amarth do not deviate from their tried and true formula – like, at all. It is derivative of older works to the point where you will swear you have heard these songs before. The riffs are pretty hooky on this, and the recording is perhaps a bit more restrained than I might like. Pretty much everything about this is safe and standard, taking no chances and breaking none of the expected molds of this band. This is an Amon Amarth album right down to its molecules.
So if you like Amon Amarth, then get this, because it is a crunchy, riffy workout of what they do best, and while it's maybe not up there with The Crusher, it is still a solid, entertaining album. It could maybe go for the throat a bit harder, but its catchiness makes up for a lot of that. Surtur Rising is, for better or for worse, exactly what you expected.
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