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AMON AMARTH “With Oden On Our Side” /CD/

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  • Product Code: 3984-14584-2
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The sixth full-length album by the cult Swedish Melodic Death Metal band.
Aside from being a brilliant return to form, "With Oden On Our Side" also marked the first time that Amon Amartth took sound quality seriously. All of their previous full-length albums a thin, reedy quality to them. Jens Bogren’s superb mixing and engineering changed all of that - "With Oden On Our Side" sounds fantastic.
On the album opening "Valhall Awaits Me", singer Johan Hegg's vocal lines aren't merely growled syllables. But don't be worried, longtime Amarth fans, it's not like the Swedish outfit has enlisted the help of Burt Bacharach to soften things up, as Hegg's vocals do resort back to the expected Death Metal growl soon enough, especially on such tracks as "Under the Northern Star". Yet all the while, Hegg manages to hold his own against the riffs and sometimes-Iron Maiden-esque guitar harmonies supplied by Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg. The aforementioned guitar duo also shows they have a talent for penning Industrial strength riffs as well, evidenced by such tracks as "Hermods Ride to Hell" and "Runes to My Memory". Fredrik Andersson’s kick drum shakes the very Earth, and would frighten any army stupid enough to challenge these Vikings. Cymbals are distinct and each hit reverberates out into the room. Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg’s guitars and Ted Lundström’s bass have weight and power behind them that brickwalled CDs can only dream about. This album simply destroys the argument that Metal “needs to be loud”. Metal needs to be dynamic! Let the listener decide what the volume should be.
The album cover art features the Norse God Odin riding on his fabled octopedal horse Sleipnir in a depiction borrowed from the Tjängvide image stone. The background depicts the Valknut, a symbol whose meaning is uncertain, though archeological evidence clearly shows it to be associated with Odin. Letters of the Runic alphabet can be seen on the edges of the triangles forming the Valknut. The Runes on top spell out "With Oden on our Side", whereas the bottom right runes spell "Amon Amarth" using characters from the Elder Futhark.
It's band's first album to enter the Billboard charts, the Top Heatseekers and the Independent Albums chart, peaking at number 15 and number 26 respectively.
"With Odin On Our Side" shows that Amon Amarth continue to be champions of the worldwide Death Metal tournament!!
Metal Blade Records GbmH, 2006 (3984-14584-2). Made in Germany. First press.

1. Valhall Awaits Me 4:43
2. Runes To My Memory 4:32
3. Asator 3:04
4. Hermod's Ride To Hel - Lokes Treachery Part 1 4:40
5. Gods Of War Arise 6:02
6. With Oden On Our Side 4:34
7. Cry Of The Black Birds 3:49
8. Under The Northern Star 4:17
9. Prediction Of Warfare 6:38
Total playing time: 42:19


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