On June 27, , the band released a music video, with footage taken during a live performance in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania and directed by David Brodsky, for the third track on the album, “Destroyer of the Universe”. This album is narrative, emotive, and a brain crusher. Counting through the first five songs on the album, I can call to mind a riff that I like in each and the leads in ‘Destroyer of the Universe’, ‘Wrath of the Norsemen’, and ‘A Beast Am I’ really stand out over most of the band’s other work, having both visceral and atmospheric appeal. Diamhea , January 31st, The album’s faults lie within the tracks that could be tossed on any Amon Amarth album.
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Pr0nogoJanuary 13th, Are there great choruses, tons of sharp riffs and catchy melodies? The clinical production doesn’t save this point either. There are many instances where I have thought that these rhythmic patterns were rip offs of the previous tracks, but overall this album is a very memorable one to me and to metal history as a whole. Hell, they fit a lot better on a ballad than they do in that strange System Of A Down cover that was included on certain editions of the album No, this is really just one of many Amon Amarth records and I think that it might be considered as one of their less impressive records and filler albums in the near future.
It is their most musically experimental till date while also being the heaviest. Surtur Rising is the band’s eighth studio album and has already proven to be one of their biggest commercial successes to date. Especially the melodic stuff, and there are some really cool riffs and leads strewn throughout. However, his lyrics are weaker than ever. But if you loved the last effort, then you’ll probably want to peel another twenty spot from your wallet to acquire a horn or mug.
This is their eighth album and the Swedish band still has a knack for crafting catchy songs and infectious melodies. The solo work is nice, keeping with what Amon Amarth have always liked to go for with the tapping solo’s without ever really going over the top or going blazing fast.
Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising Review
This sees Amon Amarth at their most melodic, with excellent harmonies sewn throughout the albums almost fifty minute run amzrth. For starters they basically helped me really get into extreme metal with their simplistic easy to follow formula of melodic riffs coupled with Johan’s storming thunderous voice. I compared the new record to the old works of the band, but one must also do a comparison to other bands of the same genre.
Some may find the song structures repetitive, but the album grows on you very soon. The song structures and melodies should appeal to power metal listeners, death metal fans will enjoy the vocals and rougher guitars and drumming, and the overall accessibility should make it a good purchase for new initiates.
And just like every time in the past, that lightning crackles and glows till it amagth exactly where it counts. This is just a natural progression for the band.
Surtur Rising – Wikipedia
It doesn’t get much better then that, folks! Well, are you in for a treat! Andersson’s kit is mixed quite well, as zmarth lower toms rumble with a near-subsonic vivacity equal to the pounding war drums they so eagerly attempt to replicate. All the basic formula still applies. The sound is a tad too clean for my tastes, but the propulsive drumming and crunchy riffing packs quite a punch.
Does this album offer what it pretends? The solo has a “shut up and windmill” feel to it, and the outro’s vocals grind in the best possible way. The pace is generally faster and the overall feeling geared more towards heaviness, while catchiness is decidely less overt, if still involved in the songwriting.
Now I don’t want to be THAT guy that always bitches about how shitty the music industry is today no matter how true and how audio has gone down the shitter because of digital stuff, but it really does suffer here. Really the bottom line is if you’re an Amon Amarth fan and you’re sick of all the rest of their material then for amafth pick this up. Another weakness I’ve detected in the album, is that I’ve found it lacking the powerful choruses I had amxrth, exception be made for two: Amon Amarth has always amarfh an impressively melodic band, but that has always been lurking a little bit beneath the surface of their crushing riffs and singer Johan Hegg’s deep guttural roars.
I don’t think the album would really sudtur if it hadn’t been there at all.
There are some fast picked parts in songs like Tock’s Taunt – Loke’s Treachery Pt 2 and Destroyer of the Universe which are actually more in line with what you would normally hear in the genre. Predictably for a band of this genre, most of the songs on here are pretty fast paced and bring about an almost skrtur metal vibe.
If we compare the album to the releases of other melodic death metal bands, Amon Amarth easily beat the overrated posers of Children of Bodom but bands such as In Flames lately proved that they can innovate and look beyond the frontiers of a single genre which Amon Amarth clearly don’t do.