Album Review – Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thunder God” 2008

Twilight of the Thunder God marks the third goal of Amon Amarth’s mid-career hat-trick. After fans spent all of 2004/5 listening to Fate of Norns and 2006/7 loving With Oden On Our Side, this 2008 release promises many more spins to come. Ten tracks, no dogs – the frosty five-piece hasn’t fixed what isn’t broken. In case you don’t feel like reading the rest  – I’m loving it.

Remember when you were a child and you wanted to experience that favourite picture book/theme park ride/arcade game “Again”? This record’s opener and title track contains that kind of infectious energy – when people ask what constitutes a perfect heavy metal song, play them that.

Musical guest artists are always a double-edged sword. Did the band beg them to show up and add some credibility to the process, or did they come on their own because they wanted to get involved in a project with a lot of buzz? In this case, I’m guessing the latter, as Roope Latvala (Children of Bodom) drops a letter-perfect solo into the aforementioned lead track and LG Petrov (Entombed) shows his Viking solidarity on “Guardians of Asgard” . Such is the gravity of the situation that when a string section becomes unexpectedly necessary, Amon Amarth don’t mess around – that’s Apocalyptica on “Live for the Kill”, having the kind of fun that BMW people have when they visit a military surplus yard and go for a spin in the tank.

I don’t mean to gush – there is a murky, no-middle production feel going on here (perhaps it’s low mastering) that keeps things from going completely into the stratosphere, but I’m too busy pushing Play again to complain. Twilight of the Thunder God is Amon Amarth’s best album to date, a product of a band in its prime. 9 out of 10

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2 Responses to “Album Review – Amon Amarth “Twilight of the Thunder God” 2008”

  1. […] and ease. As an opener, it also serves as a “Previously On” looking back to previous record Twilight of the Thunder God, which was an exhilarating (and possibly unsustainable) headlong charge. The rest of the album […]

  2. […] gloss and ease. As an opener, it also serves as a “Previously On” looking behind to prior record Twilight of a Thunder God, that was an refreshing (and presumably unsustainable) uncontrolled charge. The rest of a […]

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