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Surtur Rising [CD+DVD]

Amon AmarthAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B004FN7ZOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. War of the Gods
2. Tock's Taunt Loke's Treachery Part II
3. Destroyer of the Universe
4. Slaves of Fear
5. Live Without Regrets
6. The Last Stand of Frej
7. For Victory or Death
8. Wrath of the Norsemen
9. A Beast Am I
10. Doom Over Dead Man

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- 10 Tracks of brand new music
- Multi panel digipak
- 28 page full color booklet
- DVD includes over 4 hours of live concert footage

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Addition to Amon Amarth's Catalog March 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Here's the main thing to know; if you like Amon Amarth's old stuff, you'll like this unless you're extremely picky. The overall sound is similar to most of their albums, with some slight alterations to keep things interesting. The songs offer mostly mid-paced to slower melodic, powerhouse riffs, with plenty of speed thrown in, albeit slightly less than I seem to remember from previous albums. Surtur Rising goes for a more sorrowful, melancholic feel than Twilight of the Thunder God, with a more crisp style of melody that brings to mind influences from NWOBHM more than Gothenburg. I also notice more breaks into atmospheric, mellow, sometimes acoustic clean passages, which are short but effective in enhancing the mood of the album. Even though this isn't Thunder God Part 2, it isn't all that much different from their past work, and you'll find plenty of thundering Swedish death metal and double bass to keep things from getting too safe.

As for individual highlights, Destroyer of the Universe, For Victory or Death, and Slaves of Fear are my favorites. Slaves of Fear is too catchy, with an awesome, infectious melodic riff that shifts into old-school death metal brutality. This is the one that will get stuck in your head and make you NEED to put in the cd. For Victory or Death features an intro that highlights that more atmospheric, sorrowful side, then bursts into a traditional Amon Amarth gallop. Destroyer of the Universe, predictably, has a little extra punch and is one of those stomping power metal songs. These are by no means the only great tracks, just a few that stand out.

Some will probably say that Surtur Rising sounds just the same as their other albums, or that it offers nothing new.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Metal Conquers All!!! June 2, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First let me say that I'm not a fan of death metal, especially the vocals, but Amon Amarth is unlike any other metal band I have heard. I had listened to a couple of their songs online awhile back, but never got the guts to make a purchase. Seeing that Sultur Rising came with a three hour concert DVD with the CD for only $10, I had to give them a shot. So I bought their two most recent albums, Twilight of the Thunder God (which also comes with a concert DVD) and Sultur Rising, so I'll comment on the two of them and leave this review for both.

What makes this band great is their melodic nature. How often do you find a really heavy band that you can hum to? The twin guitars and drumming are excellent on both albums. Now to the singing. This guy is the only harsh sounding singer I can take for more than one song. He has enough variation and "range" that fits perfectly with the guitar harmonies. Plus it helps that the guy looks like and sings about Vikings, so you can picture a war party on the march. I have to admit that it took me a couple of listens to fully appreciate his delivery, but once you get used to it you really can't picture it any other way.

Of the two, I prefer Twilight of the Thunder God a little more because it's just so catchy. I also love the epic feel on just about every song. I've read some reviews claiming that the newest album, Sultur Rising, is more mellow, but I found it more harsh and heavy than Twilight, though it still retains many memorable pieces of melody. I mean "Destroyer of the Universe" and "A Beast Am I" are two of the fastest metal songs I have ever heard.

The cover art is sweet on both, looking like something straight out of Conan the Barbarian. It just completes the whole package.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
While some may call Among Amarth "repetitive", I for one am a big fan of "Different, yet consistent".

Amon Amarth personify this ethos with every release. They know what works and they stick to it. In a world obsessed with ever-changing themes and styles, I'm very thankful for bands like Among Amarth. I know for certain when I pick up one of their albums that it will be different enough to warrant purchase yet consistent with what I love about the band. So few are left with this mentality. Most metal heads I meet today want a "super-band" that will change style and form with every release and make every song require national orchestras to sound "different". With Amon Amarth, that just isn't necessary.

Surtur Rising will not disappoint you. Every track has a purpose and, in typical Amon Amarth fashion, tells a story all on their own, lending to a greater tale throughout the album experience. Johan's vocals are the best they've ever been with this release. The musicianship is so tight and believable you'll feel like you're at a concert hall banging your head to every track. It's albums like these that make people want to invest in expensive car/home stereo systems!

Buy this right now! You'll be doing yourself a disservice if you pass up on what will surely be one of the best albums of the year!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Amon Amarth has been one of the most consistent bands of the last decade, releasing quality album after quality album, staying true to their fans, and staying true to their style. This album continues that successful trend; that much, is for sure. This is definitely still Amon Amarth. I do have problems with this album though. From a song writing standpoint, it is a good album, but structurally the songs are safer and more formula than previous efforts. This album is probably their lightest album in their storied collection and I can't help but get a feeling that Amon Amarth is trying to appeal to more mainstream metal fans and increase their sales and fan-base. The trademark tremolo rhythm section that Amon Amarth has become known for is significantly diminished on this album, making the overall sound lighter and more melodic and friendly to mainstream metal fans. The riffs themselves are not as dark and a little easier to digest than previous works, not that Amon Amarth was ever really an extremely heavy band. Really, this album is a thrash album with death growl vocals. Which is fine, but being a death metal fan and a fan of this band, I am not as happy with this direction.

Overall, this is a good listen, but not nearly as good as their past 3 albums that preceded it. I would recommend this to any of the lighter metal fans that need a "gateway" album to expand their minds into heavier metal and I would recommend this to Amon Amarth faithfuls as it is still a good album. Fans of harder death metal such as Deicide or Morbid Angel (or even harder such as Origin or Nile), may think this album is pretty weak. I personally think it is a little weak for this band and hope that their next release goes in a more sinister direction than this formula work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amon Amarth Can't Be Stopped
I have NO idea how these guys keep plugging away with the same model of simple yet effective riffs in their music. They keep on with the same formula and it NEVER gets old! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Cedar Street Films
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Live Metal DVD... oh, and there's a CD as well !
There are already plenty of good reviews of the album here, so this review will focus on the bonus DVD, Bloodshed Over Bochum. Read more
Published 20 days ago by sonicdefiance
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
As this was my first Amon Amarth album I was blown away. Destroyer of the Universe is a fantastic track. I'll definatley be purchasing more of their music.
Published 26 days ago by E. Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars Satur Rising!!
I love this disc! The artwork is great,the packaging is great. I can say this like getting 4 albums of their music. The bonus dvd is packed with over 30 tracks!!! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Paul Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Destroyer of the Universe
Another awesome album from Amon Amarth. I am working my way backwards through their albums so this was my second stop. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Knucklehead666
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Amon Amarth always deliver the goods. This one is no exception. Great riffs and solos. It is right up there with my other favorite amon CDs.
Published 1 month ago by Venger
5.0 out of 5 stars FACE- MELTING FUN
I don't think I can oversell this brilliant work of art.

Melodic. Heavy. Simply Fantastic.

Norse Mythology + Metal = Brilliant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Viking Metal? Nah, just good old melodic Death metal
I do not know why some people label music off of its lyrical content. Music is more than words, it is the expression of the soul. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zachariah
5.0 out of 5 stars the mighty Amon Amarth
They are in the peak of their career, with their last three albums, first Twilight of the Thunder Gods, then this one, followed by Deceiver of the Gods. Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and HEAVY
I could pretty much put the same title on any Amon Amarth disc. I'm usually not a fan of groups with that "cookie monster" singing, but it really works for me with these... Read more
Published 6 months ago by megatallicadiozzhalen
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