AMON AMARTH - Fate Of Norns

Amon Amarth - Fate Of Norns

8 songs
39:51 minutes
***** ***
Metal Blade


The fifth Amon Amarth album has again become a death metal highlight as the band from Sweden is successfully using methods which worked already in the past. The concept behind the album is taken from Northern mythology. Norns are goddesses appearing in old Viking stories who control human and godly fates. It's nearly unbelievable how easily Amon Amarth combine traditional brutal death metal attacks with much more melodic parts. The opener An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm and the long Arson are two good examples to show the band's love of variations. There are still brutal tracks like Where Death Seems To Dwell and Once Sealed In Blood, but in order to become commercially more successful, there is more midtempo stuff on the album than there has been in the past. Just listen to the title track or to Pursuit Of Vikings and you know what I mean. Even if this album is not as hard as the previous Versus The World, I doubt that there will be many disappointed Amon Amarth fans. No big surprises here, but at usual a lot of quality.

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