Surtur Rising [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Amon Amarth's eighth full-length album is an important one in their discography, because it follows their breakthrough disc, 2008's Twilight of the Thunder God. That album, laden with guest appearances (Children of Bodom's Roopi Latvala, Entombed's LG Petrov, the cellists of Apocalyptica), was the Swedish band's most elaborate and powerful statement to date. Shockingly, on Surtur Rising they haven't fallen short of the mark they set for themselves three years earlier. The album's ten songs are typical anthemic Amon Amarth tracks, built for headbanging and chanting along with the powerful, warrior's-code choruses. Some, like "Destroyers of the Universe" and "War of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Amon Amarth's eighth full-length album is an important one in their discography, because it follows their breakthrough disc, 2008's Twilight of the Thunder God. That album, laden with guest appearances (Children of Bodom's Roopi Latvala, Entombed's LG Petrov, the cellists of Apocalyptica), was the Swedish band's most elaborate and powerful statement to date. Shockingly, on Surtur Rising they haven't fallen short of the mark they set for themselves three years earlier. The album's ten songs are typical anthemic Amon Amarth tracks, built for headbanging and chanting along with the powerful, warrior's-code choruses. Some, like "Destroyers of the Universe" and "War of the Gods," but particularly "A Beast Am I," are among the fastest songs the group has ever recorded, while others, like "Töck's Taunt: Loke's Treachery, Pt. II" and "The Last Stand of Frej," are slow, even brooding. The production has a bit more aggression than Twilight had, but the songs are arguably even catchier this time out, with some surprisingly clean guitar leads and atmospheric melodies emerging from the hair-spinning roar. A few subtle production flourishes -- the sounds of clashing swords on "War of the Gods" and crying ravens on "Töck's Taunt," plus some strings on "For Victory or Death" and the album-closing "Doom Over Dead Man" -- bolster the sound somewhat, but other than that it's up to the five members of Amon Amarth to keep the listener happy with nothing but guitars, bass, drums, and Johan Hegg's barrel-chested roars, and they do that with admirable skill. They're one of the most consistent bands in metal, and this is a terrific example of them playing to their strengths. [A CD/DVD version added a bonus disc of live material from a series of shows in December 2008.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2011
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841497229
  • Catalog Number: 14972
  • Sales rank: 27,049

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 War of the Gods (4:33)
  2. 2 Töcks's Taunt/Loke's Treachery (5:58)
  3. 3 Destroyer of the Universe (3:41)
  4. 4 Slaves of Fear (4:25)
  5. 5 Live Without Regrets (5:03)
  6. 6 The Last Stand of Frej (5:37)
  7. 7 For Victory or Death (4:30)
  8. 8 Wrath of the Norsemen (3:44)
  9. 9 A Beast Am I (5:14)
  10. 10 Doom Over Dead Man (5:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ride For Vengeance
  2. 2 The Dragons' Flight Across the Waves
  3. 3 Without Fear
  4. 4 Victorious March
  5. 5 Friends of the Suncross
  6. 6 Abandoned
  7. 7 Amon Amarth
  8. 8 Once Sent From the Golden Hall
  9. 9 Bleed For Ancient Gods
  10. 10 The Last With Pagan Blood
  11. 11 North Sea Storm
  12. 12 Avenger
  13. 13 God, His Son and Holy Whore
  14. 14 Metalwrath
  15. 15 Legend of a Banished Man
  16. 16 Bastards of a Lying Breed
  17. 17 Masters of War
  18. 18 The Sound of Eight Hooves
  19. 19 Risen From the Sea
  20. 20 As Long As the Raven Flies
  21. 21 A Fury Divine
  22. 22 Annihilation of Hammerfest
  23. 23 The Fall Through Ginnungagap
  24. 24 Releasing Surtur's Fire
  25. 25 Death In Fire
  26. 26 For the Stabwounds In Our Backs
  27. 27 Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
  28. 28 Versus the World
  29. 29 Across the Rainbow Bridge
  30. 30 Down the Slopes of Death
  31. 31 Thousand Years of Oppression
  32. 32 Bloodshed
  33. 33 And Soon the World Will Cease To Be
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amon Amarth Primary Artist
Ted Lundström Bass
Fredrik Andersson Drums
Johan Hegg Vocals
Olavi Mikkonen Guitar
Johan Söderberg Guitar
Mikkonen Soloist
Simon Solomon Soloist
The Dark Passanger Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Tom Thiel Artwork, Cover Art
Amon Amarth Arranger, Composer
Thomas Ewerhard Artwork, Layout
Ronald Matthes Director
Jens Bogren Producer, Mastering
Jackie Lehmann Live Recording
Holger Hahn Drum Technician
Ralf Speitel Monitor Technician
Vitali Geyer Animation
Martin Jacobsson Orchestral Arrangements
Lukas Hambach Director
Levent Süzen Director
Urban Näsvall Drum Technician
Thomas Grummt Authoring
Steve Drennan Guitar Techician
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  • Posted April 2, 2011

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    DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

    I have liked Amon Amarth going on for about 3 years or so now, and I have heard just about everything of their's before this point, my favorite being their previous album Twilight of the Thunder God, which is an amazing album. I liked this album pretty much as well as Twilight of the Thunder God. I enjoyed this whole album from beginning to end. If you're into death metal, I highly recommend checking these guys out if you have never heard them before. Awesome stuff!

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