Album Review – Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising

Amon Amarth have done again what they do so well; combine death metal (Viking style) with melody.  Surtur Rising is a bit more raw that their previous album, Twilight of the Thunder Gods.  That is not to say that Twilight was any less impressive.  Surtur Rising starts off with a very short riff intro and then jumps straight to brutality in the form of War of the Gods.  The album incorporates classic Amon Amarth sound and vibe with some noticeable little changes in their style.

My non-musical mind will have a hard time describing what I am trying to say, but there are some guitar samples here and there that are just different that what you might be used to. You can hear what I am talking about in the song For Victory or DeathSurter Rising is riff heavy which is a big part of Amon Amarth’s overall sound.  They just seem to put the right mix together to make melodic death metal sound so good.

If you know what Amon Amarth is about you know they like to sing about great battles sometimes Viking style.  Surtur Rising is no different.  Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology.  According to legend, when Surtur lights his sword in the Eternal Flame, he will be given the power to raze the nine worlds. It’s a gripping story – both visually and thematically (www.amonamarth.com, 2010).  The story goes from there.  Check the YouTube clip from Johan Hegg who describes the album himself.

I give Amon Amarth’s Surtur Rising 5 of 5 Devil Horns.

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Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on April 4, 2011, in Album Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Damn trying to save for my upcoming trip. I want this album, maybe I’ll find it nice and cheap in the States, and maybe that cool edition with the action figure and all the trimmings, fingers crossed. Great review, soon as I get my hands on it, I’ll let you know what I think too.

    • Ok, I finally got the album. It’s just f’n incredible, I love it. I feel it’s on the same level as “Twilight of the Thunder God”. Just to add a bit of info and a bit of “buy it on cd whoreing” to the review, Purchase the 2 disk special edition of this album, such a great value it is. Not only do you get the album and some great packaging, you also get one hell of a bonus DVD that includes a top notch production of the band performing their first 4 albums in their entirety live, it’s a bonus of epic proportions, over 30 absolutely awesome songs. And great value too, I pick my copy up at Best Buy in the States for $12 and I’ve seen the same edition in Europe going for 15-20 euros(cheaper online).

      • That is an awesome find and for a great price. I can’t remember the last album I actually purchased. That is something I miss, but it is too easy to get caught up in digital music. It is just so much more portable. Oh yeah the last album I got was at Christmas and it was the Queensryche 20th anniversary of Empire. It was a nice set. And CDs did come with the Opeth Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Next time I go to Best Buy I will have to check that out.

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