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Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side review


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Band: Amon Amarth
Album: With Oden On Our Side
Release date: September 2006

Disc I
01. Valhall Awaits Me
02. Runes To My Memory
03. Asator
04. Hermod's Ride To Hel - Loke's Treachery Part 1
05. Gods Of War Arise
06. With Oden On Our Side
07. Cry Of The Black Birds
08. Under The Northern Star
09. Prediction Of Warfare

Disc II [Limited Edition 2CD Digipack]
01. Where Silent Gods Stand Guard [Live at Wacken Open Air 2004]
02. Death In Fire [Live at Wacken Open Air 2004]
03. With Oden On Our Side [demo]
04. Hermod's Ride To Hel - Lokes Treachery Part I [demo]
05. Once Sent From The Golden Hall [Sunlight Studio Recording 1997 version]
06. Return Of The Gods [Sunlight Studio Recording 1997 version]

Amon Amarth released their sixth full-length album "With Oden On Our Side" on September 22nd 2006. Whoever had been disappointed with their preceding full-length album "Fate Of Norns" must certainly have got over that disappointment after listening to this album because the band has once again moved closer to their older style of songwriting and their sound in this album is similar to that of their old releases like "Once Sent From The Golden Hall."

With songs rich in melody and masterful composition, a listener will certainly not find a boring moment in this album. In a particular album, sometimes, some or many of the songs sound similar to each other (due to similar riffs/rhythms/solos etc.) and because of this the listener might feel bitter; I can assure you that, in this album, you won't find this type of defect, every song sound quite different from each other and aren't even similar to their old songs; this album is a totally fresh piece of music.

With the song "Valhall Awaits Me" the album begins, and throughout the album you can find the same energetic performance and catchy melody. The vocals have indeed added life to the lyrics (which usually portray wars related with the Vikings) and has enhanced the songs; similarly, every instrument has helped in enhancing the songs and the performance of the band members is worthy of appreciation. In the songs here you'll find melodic riffs, complex pieces of music and extremely catchy solos (however solos aren't present in every songs). I find every songs in this album impressive but if anyone were to ask me which songs shouldn't be missed out I'd name songs like "Valhall Awaits Me," "Runes to my Memory," "Asator," "With Oden On Our Side" and "Cry of the Black Birds." I don't mean to say that other songs are less special, you are actually making a mistake if you limit yourself within only a few songs of the album.

Well, the band has added one more brilliant album to their discography with the release of this album, and this album has, to a great extent helped the band to maintain their image of "great melody-makers." I'd call this album a masterpiece (although it may not be the same to all due to variation in opinions), and would highly recommend this album not only to the fans of the band and death metal but also to fans of melodic metal music

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 9

Written by Paganblood | 16.03.2007

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Comments: 38   Visited by: 369 users
29.09.2009 - 19:13

They know to which does
29.09.2009 - 23:53
Heaven Knight
I say their best work...
My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep

30.09.2009 - 02:01

This is definitely their best album!

Thanks to Corrupt for these banners!
28.05.2010 - 18:46
Rating: 8

One of the best "heavy" albums I have ever heard, I finally saw them live and the were amazing
17.04.2011 - 06:27
Account deleted
I love this! All the tacks are the best of amon amarth, except prediction of warface and hermonds ride to hell

I listened this for the first time in an video of spongebob (i added the video to metal storm, funny stuffs - videos), then i searched more songs, and every song was from this album!

Now, i am a big fan of AA.... Hail Johan!

( And With oden on our side don't assemble Once Sent From The Golden Hall not even a bit! )
26.07.2011 - 13:56
Rating: 9
Metal perfection is heard on this album.
06.12.2015 - 23:03
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Interesting about lyrics, well it can eb concept album but not, sad band never written any concept album
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
24.07.2021 - 18:51
Rating: 9

One of their best records, for sure.

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