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No Description AvailableNo Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: AMON AMARTHTitle: FATE OF NORNSStreet Release Date: 09/07/2004<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METAL

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  • Great album, a BIT slower paced, but still VERY good.

    Standout tracks are

    “The Fate of Norns”
    “Arson” – my personal fav, sick solo at 4:52
    “Once Sealed in Blood”

    Arson + Once Sealed in Blood is a 2 part story.

    Get this album if you’re a fan of AA, metal or Britney Spears

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • At first, I was of the typical opinion that “Versus the World” was the better album. Even still, I think Amon Amarth made some of their best work on that album. But, after having both cd’s for a while, I find that I turn to “Fate of Norns” more often. It has a more consistent pace and all the songs flow together. But the big thing about this album is Johan’s lyrics. Whereas the songs on “Vs” seemed to be retellings of specific viking tales, on this album most of the songs turn into epic stories that Johan creates. Of course, he still draws on folklore and mythology to write the songs, but they seem to have more depth and thought put into them. Once you have a grasp on the lyrics, the songs become epic and meaningful. “The Fate of Norns,” “Arson,” and “The Beheading of a King” are stellar Amon Amarth songs. I like how “Once Sealed in Blood” is a continuation of “Arson,” But the repetitive corus makes it one of my least favorite Amon Amarth songs ever. I can understand how many people like this album less, but if you are into Amon Amarth and are debating on purchasing this cd, you should definitely get it. I would also recommend Aeturnus “…And So the Night Became,” and anything by Bolt Thrower.

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This cd is as awesome as The Crusher. Nice melodies, nice metal (less heavy than The Crusher, but the melodies compensate that). I can really recommend it.

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • As a big Amon Amarth fan, I eagerly anticipated this cd. And, now that I have it, I’ve gotta say, I am seriously impressed. It has a toned-down feel overall, yes, but it replaces some of the lost aggression with songs that carry a ‘feel’ to them thats impossible to ignore. Its hard to explain, it just HAS to be experienced. This is to date the best cd they’ve released and a contender for album of the year in my opinion. The bottom line is, I simply CANT stop listening to the thing! An amazing album full of aggression and speed, but so much melody as well.

    Posted on December 16, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I seem to be on the same page with most reviewers on this one. ‘Fate of Norns’ is Amon Amarth’s best record to date, hands down. While ‘Vs. the World’ showed some progression from previous recordings, this album brings the band full circle showing real maturity. I know that sounds cliche, but after one listen this album had me absolutely hooked and wanting more. The standard thrashing but melodic riffing backed by the signiture pounding beats and guttural but well-enunciated vocals growling out tales of Viking fuedalism are all still present. But this record shows something far more developed than previous albums, SONGS! Yup, the songwriting has grown leaps and bounds since the last record. The structures have been stripped down to a more simplified approach, with tighter arrangements and greater emphasis on hooks and melodious, intricate guitar work. The lyrical content has shown some of the most obvious growth. Having laid to rest shock songs about eating the eyeballs of your slain foes and the like, the new material concentrates on a much more vivid type of lyrical storytelling. Weaving stories of battle and conquest in the pre-medieval Norse world, tracks like ‘Arson’ and ‘Pursuit of Vikings’ tell their tales with the poignancy of an Icelandic saga. This will all be a disappointment to some so-called “troo” fans who will undoubtedly claim this record is too polished and commercial, but there is more to death-metal than staying entrenched in a rut for the sake of a few self-styled die-hards. If one could assemble all of these so-called elites at some kind of extreme metal seminar it would probably resemble a Midwestern American swap-meet in black t-shirts with a smattering of cheesy corpse-paint, so consider the source when reading or hearing the words of the more closed-minded sects of a fan-base. Such people are far more in the minority than they would have you believe. Anyway, back to the record; while the ambience of some songs like the atmospheric ‘Where Death Seems to Dwell’ and the sorrowful title track are more like mood-setters than anything these boys have done before, other songs like the vengeful ‘Once Sealed in Blood’, and the ferocious fist-pumper ‘Valkeries Ride’ show that this band still has an ample reserve of face-ripping potential. In my opinion, the more rudimentary arrangemnents and catchy moments lend these songs a more elemental and primal energy which only add to the band’s natural voracity, while the moodier moments add a colorful contrast which brings out the nastiness of the slashing parts that much more. This record is simply brilliant in its dynamics. Listen and decide for yourself, but anyone dismayed by this album’s newfound diversity is simply missing the point. I have faith that most metal enthusiasts know a great record when they hear it, so I’m sure the vast majority of fans will welcome ‘Fate of Norns’ with open arms and give it the respect it truly deserves. This record is worthy of a hero’s praise, if not a God-like reverence. RAISE YOUR SWORDS!

    Posted on December 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now