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 Death. Surter 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.