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CoffeeCat
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 6:23 pm 
 

The new song is super pedestrian. I like some aspects of the midpaced groove, but it really goes nowhere and feels like it's on autopilot. There's just no energy.

Lame video too. Cashing in a bit late on Stranger Things aren't they?
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Jester66
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:10 pm 
 

I could use that track to lull me to sleep during a bout of insomnia. Yikes.

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Demon Fang
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2022 11:55 pm 
 

Well

shit

Definitely better than the last two albums... I even think this is better than the autopilot-y Deceiver/Surtur. It's, at any rate, an engaging Amon Amarth album, although it also doesn't quite have that big standout song - unless repeated listens end up revealing some.

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~Guest 1452000
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:30 am 
 

I'm unironically enjoying it so far. Heidrun is a banger tbh :lol:

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mike_87
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:24 am 
 

I listened through this album last night, felt it was quite solid, lots of fun moments and killer riffs anyone else agree?

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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:27 am 
 

Yeah, it's fine. I can certainly appreciate it being one of their leaner albums and the last couple songs are pretty cool.
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Slater922
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:40 am 
 

Just listened to it. Really like what I'm hearing! :thumbsup:
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Curious_dead
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 10:50 am 
 

Spiral Architect wrote:
I'm unironically enjoying it so far. Heidrun is a banger tbh :lol:


Yeah, it's my favorite upon a first listen. The album is better than the last one, absolutely.

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Type VIIC
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:17 am 
 

Top to bottom it's all decent, much like the last few. I have been listening to AA for 20 years (whenever The Crusher was brand new) and honestly some of their slower stuff on Vs. The World and Fate of Norns bored me more than modern stuff. They march right up to the line of being cartoony and then hit you with something serious.

"Oden Owns You All" and "Find A Way Or Make One" stand out but I think they should have also included the single "Put Your Back Into The Oar" as that is still so much fun.

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Curious_dead
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:21 pm 
 

Oh yeah, didn't notice it wasn't there. Masters of War isn't either. Weird to release two singles and not include them on the actual album.

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Razakel
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:35 pm 
 

Curious_dead wrote:
Oh yeah, didn't notice it wasn't there. Masters of War isn't either. Weird to release two singles and not include them on the actual album.


Masters of War was just a re-recorded song from The Crusher they put out for whatever reason.

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FLIPPITYFLOOP
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:47 pm 
 

klaar wrote:
The cover looks like a mobile game Ad that after you downloaded it , it doesn't deliver what the ad shows at all.


The ad shows you walking around as a viking swinging a battle axe.

The game itself is just candy crush with a nordic theme, with mini games where you tap the enemy, swing once and then get bombarded with pay-to-win ad ons.

Thexhumed wrote:
This feels like an "OK, contract says we need to release a new album, time to enter the studio, boys" kind of album rather than a "guys, I have some cool ideas for an album" album.


Kind of like, "we asked a computer to generate an Amon Amarth song, here's what happened"

Always had a hard time with this band. They have their moments in the older tracks but their energy just seems to get boring really fast.

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Maggot penetration
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 4:44 pm 
 

It's AA, always fine for what it is, a popular band bringing metal to the people, recruiting for our heathen army. Saw some dude with an AA shirt earlier. Currently in Cornwall, many more metalheads to spot here than in the smelly old capital. Plenty of pagan sites as well.

Only problem with the cover is that they're wearing too much clothes but I guess Manowar battled in summer or in mild new world climate, so a comparison would be unfair

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~Guest 1452000
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:59 pm 
 

My opinion has cooled a bit after listening to it in full, but I still find it to be relatively decent. It's much better than Berserker and better than Jomsviking, but I think that's about it.

The standouts are Heidrun and the Biff feature.

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cultofkraken
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:32 am 
 

Definitely the best thing they’ve done in years.

Heidrun is the worst track imo. I almost feel like Napalm leaned into them to appeal to their terrible folk metal pop nonsense and that isn’t good. Odin Owns You All and Dawn of Norsemen are the two best standout tracks to me. Saxons and Vikings is gimmicky but it’s pretty decent. Overall much better, and the drum production is pretty fantastic.
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Runko
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2022 10:19 am 
 

It's crazy how it took this long for Amon Amarth and Saxon to do a collab. Unfortunately it only happened when both bands are at the very bottom creatively.


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draconiondevil
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2022 11:21 pm 
 

Can anyone tell me what Bolt Thrower song they're ripping off with the opening to Get in the Ring? I've been listening through some Bolt Thrower albums but I can't find the exact song it reminds me of.
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ColdBecoming
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 3:05 am 
 

draconiondevil wrote:
Can anyone tell me what Bolt Thrower song they're ripping off with the opening to Get in the Ring? I've been listening through some Bolt Thrower albums but I can't find the exact song it reminds me of.


Could be For Victory, definitely similar vibes

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Face_your_fear_79
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 6:50 am 
 

Boredom all the way through. Probably won't be bothering.

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Benedict Donald
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 10:22 am 
 

Runko wrote:
It's crazy how it took this long for Amon Amarth and Saxon to do a collab. Unfortunately it only happened when both bands are at the very bottom creatively.




Biff actually sounds great here, but the song is a bit dull, overall.
And the gruff vox are too high in the mix.....dangerously close to sounding funny now. Their music just isn't heavy enough to warrant these vox any longer.

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CoffeeCat
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 11:59 am 
 

Does Amon Amarth make fast songs anymore?
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mike_87
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 5:06 pm 
 

Face_your_fear_79 wrote:
Boredom all the way through. Probably won't be bothering.


You find the whole album boring? how so?

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HorrorMetal
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 9:11 pm 
 

That song with two of the members from Saxon is pretty cool. Biff Byford can still sing very well in my opinion.
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AlienZombie
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2022 9:23 pm 
 

OK, I'm a big AA fan, but I'm not feeling this one. Seems like they took their sound and made it as barebones and simple as possible (and it's not like they were ever the most complex band to begin with). Genuinely one of my least favorite things they've done.

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Red_Death
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:24 am 
 

"Heidrun" must be the most embarrassing bullshit in metal released this year. I wonder how many people enjoying or tolerating AA would lambast "flower metal" for sappy and sugary melodies. This doesn't even have one ounce of exuberance or any kind of flair; kindergarten-level stuff, minus the fun one may associate with those innocent times when looking back all nostalgic or something.
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Benedict Donald
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2022 11:50 am 
 

HorrorMetal wrote:
That song with two of the members from Saxon is pretty cool. Biff Byford can still sing very well in my opinion.


Saw Saxon open for Priest two or three years ago and not only did they blow Priest away, but Biff sounded remarkably awesome for someone who's been doing this for so long. He hasn't lost a step.

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Demon Fang
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2022 11:54 am 
 

Red_Death wrote:
"Heidrun" must be the most embarrassing bullshit in metal released this year. I wonder how many people enjoying or tolerating AA would lambast "flower metal" for sappy and sugary melodies. This doesn't even have one ounce of exuberance or any kind of flair; kindergarten-level stuff, minus the fun one may associate with those innocent times when looking back all nostalgic or something.

Heidrun's got that dumb catchy charm to it that makes it all worth it if that's your jam. Beyond that, much of this album's appeal - outside of a few good tracks - is it's neither as lethargic as Jomsviking nor as shit as Berserker.

That being said, this is very much what the band meant when they said that making albums is very much a necessary evil in touring. They at least put together a few songs that they can safely add to the tour that'll be fun.

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jimbies
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2022 1:01 pm 
 

The only song on this entire thing I like is "Find A Way Or Make One"

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CoffeeCat
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 10:57 am 
 

Listened to the album this morning and it's not quite as bad as I feared. Heidrun is indeed pretty awful (though I suspect will become a festival favourite for how bouncy it is), but the rest of the album is mostly okay. There are some catchy melodies and solid riffs, and surprisingly inspired drum work at times too. All the performances and production work is top-shelf as you'd expect.

That said, the band is definitely pushing further into that "80s metal with growls" direction that the last few albums have been moving towards. The songwriting itself is actually pretty good, often on par with With Odin On Our Side's midpaced tracks, but the album really needed some more fast songs to mix things up. There is also a distinct lack of true solos - the few we get are short and pretty underwhelming.

Saxons & Vikings is the exception to everything. It's the only actual upbeat song on the record, and features the only good guitar solos - which are both done by Saxon members. It's probably the best song they've done in a decade, but it is pretty embarrassing that it took most of another band's lineup to make it happen.

Overall, maybe a 5/10. There are redeeming qualities and it feels like a step up compared to the last couple albums, but it's clear there just isn't much energy or inspiration anymore.
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Benedict Donald
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 11:28 am 
 

CoffeeCat wrote:
the band is definitely pushing further into that "80s metal with growls" direction that the last few albums have been moving towards.


This. It just doesn't work at all, IMO.

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Pitiless Wanderer
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:06 pm 
 

Very boring album. I turned it off halfway through the third song. Then I went back and listened to the first two mins of the next few tracks. So generic, almost put me to sleep. The only reason I find myself thoroughly confused about this is I remember reading a recent quote from AA where they said that it was "the most death metal album we've ever done" or something very similar. What?!

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Wrldeatr
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 2:18 pm 
 

I'm surprised. AA is one of those bands I don't expect anything decent anymore, but this album is the best they've done in a long time and makes my top 10 list for the year. Granted, it's sort of plain, but it's got several catchy songs and is overall memorable.

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Type VIIC
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 7:58 pm 
 

Biff Byford's appearance on "Saxons and Vikings" is better than the whole new Saxon album, I'll give AA that.

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lennonlikesmetal
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 9:10 pm 
 

They peaked with Sorrow and Once.

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thewrll
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2022 10:29 pm 
 

mike_87 wrote:
Face_your_fear_79 wrote:
Boredom all the way through. Probably won't be bothering.


You find the whole album boring? how so?


Do you have an opposite opinion, why so?

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cultofkraken
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2022 12:57 am 
 

lennonlikesmetal wrote:
They peaked with Sorrow and Once.


I actually like the Avenger the most funnily enough. That’s peak AA for me. Legend of a Banished Man, Bleed for the Ancient Gods, the Last With Pagan Blood, God his Son and Holy Whore… gawd they were so much better when they weren’t trying to appeal to a broader audience.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2022 10:33 am 
 

cultofkraken wrote:
lennonlikesmetal wrote:
They peaked with Sorrow and Once.


I actually like the Avenger the most funnily enough. That’s peak AA for me. Legend of a Banished Man, Bleed for the Ancient Gods, the Last With Pagan Blood, God his Son and Holy Whore… gawd they were so much better when they weren’t trying to appeal to a broader audience.


I'll do The Avenger again.

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