->''Thor! Oden's son\\
Protector of mankind\\
Ride to meet your fate\\
Your destiny awaits\\
Thor! Hlódyn's son\\
Protector of mankind\\
Ride to meet your fate\\
Ragnarok awaits''
-->-- '''Amon Amarth''', "Twilight of the Thunder God"

Amon Amarth is a Swedish MelodicDeathMetal band from Tumba, founded in 1988, and is named after the Elvish name for Mount Doom, a location in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. They are known for a very dark sound with imagery taken largely from vikings and Myth/NorseMythology.

The band comprises vocalist Johan Hegg, guitarists Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg, bassist Ted Lundström and drummer Jocke Wallgren. Amon Amarth has released nine studio albums, one EP, one DVD, and six music videos.

* ''Once Sent from the Golden Hall'' (1998)
* ''The Avenger'' (1999)
* ''The Crusher'' (2001)
* ''Versus the World'' (2002)
* ''Fate of Norns'' (2004)
* ''With Oden on Our Side'' (2006)
* ''Twilight of the Thunder God'' (2008)
* ''Surtur Rising'' (2011)
* ''Deceiver of the Gods'' (2013)
* ''Jomsviking'' (2016)

'''Valhall awaits me...'''
!! Their music contains examples of:
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * AllMythsAreTrue
* ApocalypseWow: Many songs depict Ragnarok or allude to it, such as ''Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags'', and half the songs of the ''Surtur Rising'' album.
* AttackAttackAttack: This is an actual line in "Cry Of The Black Birds".
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * AxCrazy: "Valhall Awaits Me".
* BadassBeard: Johan Hegg, so much so that the man can ''windmill with it''. They even have a contest for the most badass beard for the Surtur Rising release.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * TheBerserker: "Valhall Awaits Me".
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Quite a few, of course. "An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm" is ''only'' this.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * BigDamnHeroes: Thor.
* HiddenDisdainReveal: Töck's Taunt, Loke's Treachery Part II.
--> My name is Töck, and ı won't cry,\\
I won't let Balder return!\\
Let Hel keep her precious prize,\\
'''Let his soul forever burn!'''
* BloodKnight: A lot of characters in their songs. Arguably the best example is the AxCrazy protagonist of "Where Silent Gods Stand Guard":
-->The last head falls to the ground\\
No one is left alive\\
They thought that they could take me down\\
But it's not my time to die\\
I wipe the blood from my sword\\
And slide it in my belt\\
This is the sweetest of rewards\\
The best rush I have felt!
* BraggingThemeTune: ''Twilight of the Thunder God'' and ''Asator'' are both about how Thor is awesome.
** "Cause we are! We're the guardians! ''GUARDIANS OF ASGAARD!''"
** "Down the Slopes of Death", which is about Odin's [[LastStand last stand]].
* CallAndResponseSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IINxwsSDf80 "A Dream that Can Never Be"]], with Johann voicing the protagonist of the album, now a Jomsviking, and Music/DoroPesch singing as his OldFlame who refuses to join his new life.
* TheCameo: Music/DoroPesch sings the role of the protagonist's OldFlame in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IINxwsSDf80 "A Dream that Can Never Be"]]. She's also appeared to perform the song at concerts, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsjNUUcfy8g such as this one]].
%% commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * CaptainObvious:
%% cont. commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample --> Johan Hegg: ''"This is a song about being a Viking! It's called The Pursuit of Vikings!"''
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * CardCarryingVillain: A few songs feature bad guys from Norse mythology ("A Beast Am I", "Destroyer of the Universe") or just normal bad guys ("The Hero" for example).
* ConceptAlbum:
** ''Once Sent from the Golden Hall'' seems to tell a story about five Viking warriors who invade a Christian country and RapePillageAndBurn everything in sight in order to get revenge for the death of the son of one of them.
** ''Jomsviking'' is explicitly based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jomsvikings Jomsvikings]], a semi-legendary band of devoutly pagan Norse mercenaries and brigands of the 10th and 11th centuries.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ConservationOfNinjutsu: "Versus the World".
* CoolHorse: Sleipnir, featuring in "Hermod's Ride To Hel / Loke's Treachery Part I", "Down The Slopes Of Death", briefly in "The Sound Of Eight Hooves" and on the cover art of ''With Oden On Our Side''.
* CreatorThumbprint: Songs about dying in battle.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * DawnAttack: "An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm".
* DecapitationPresentation: In "War of the Gods", the Vanir send Mimir's head to Odin's court after decapitating him in rage/retribution for Honer being a weak ruler.
-->''In a fit of violent rage\\
Mimir's blood was shed\\
And to Odin's court\\
They sent Mimir's severed head''
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, not specific * DecisiveBattle: Every fight referenced that belongs to Ragnarok. TheWarToEndAllWars, indeed.
* DespairEventHorizon: ''Fate of Norns'' tells of a Norse warrior who is laying to rest his six-year-old son, calling out to the gods and the Norns and stricken with grief demanding to know why they took his child from him. In the end, he chooses to lie on the funeral pyre with his son.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The plot of ''Once Sent from the Golden Hall''. One guy's son dies, so he and his friends go to the homeland of the ones responsible and kill the men, rape the women, and burn down the towns.
* DownerEnding: "Embrace of the Endless Ocean" is about someone who was MadeASlave but managed to regain his freedom and is sailing back to his homeland. The title should give you a clue as to what happens.
** "The Fate of Norns" is about a Norse warrior who is mourning his six-year-old son and carrying his child's body to lay him to rest. He's completely heartbroken and his faith in the gods and the Norns is absolutely shattered, so he chooses to commit suicide by lying on his son's funeral pyre. Starts on a downer, ends on a downer.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** Also "The Last Stand of Frej", "Doom Over Dead Man", "The Fate of Norns".
* DrivenToSuicide: The narrator of "The Fate of Norns" is so devastated by the death of his only son that he builds a funeral pyre for the boy, ignites it, and lays down atop it beside the body of his child.
* DroitDuSeigneur: Strongly {{implied}} in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw5G6fF-wqQ "First Kill"]] off of ''Jomsviking'' (the video makes it more explicit): the protagonist flees into exile (eventually joining the Jomsvikings) after killing "the earl's right-hand man / When he came to take her away".
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * EarthIsABattlefield: Their songs pretty much would have you believe this.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * EvilIsBurningHot: ''Destroyer of the Universe,'' which is about Surtur.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * FightingForAHomeland: "Varyags of Miklagaard".
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Olavi
** TheLancer: Hegg
** TheSmartGuy: Sodenberg
** TheBigGuy: Ted
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Jocke
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: All over their discography. Half the songs talk about Norse characters and their eventual fate in the Ragnarök event, and the other half probably references it in some way anyway.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * GlorySeeker: Quite a few songs.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * GrimUpNorth
* GutturalGrowler: Johan, both normally and - [[DeathMetal obviously]] - on record.
* HarshVocals: To be fair... They sound more like death metal gurgles than the average melodeath shrieks, though Johan is also much more clear with his growling to the point that even non-death metal fans can understand him pretty clearly.
* HeavyMithril: Almost their entire discography is about Myth/NorseMythology. Essentially, they are to Myth/NorseMythology as Music/{{Sabaton}} is to HorribleHistoryMetal.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * HiredGuns: "Varyags of Miklagaard".
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * HoldTheLine: ''Free Will Sacrifice,'' and ''Guardians of Asgaard'' are some examples.
%% commented out Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * HornyVikings: Of course.
* IHaveNoSon: "First Kill" has the main character of the song shunned by his father for killing the Earl's right hand man.
* HeavyMeta: ''Raise Your Horns'' ''seems'' like its about this, but is actually referring to ''drinking horns'', and is closer to an OdeToIntoxication.
* HornyVikings: ''Raise Your Horns'', with the twist being that it refers to ''drinking'' horns ([[HeavyMeta as well as the "horns" gesture made by metal fans]]). In live shows the band drinks a toast to the audience from drinking horns before playing it.
* ImAHumanitarian: The protagonist of "Where Silent Gods Stand Guard".
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ILikeThoseOdds: A line in "Free Will Sacrifice."
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** "Versus the World" and "With Oden On Our Side" (songs, not albums) pretty much deal with this as well.
* InsistentTerminology: The band strongly resents being referred to as "Viking metal", and prefers to be thought of as a death metal band that happens to sing about Vikings a lot.
** According to them, it's because "Viking metal" is associated with either Norwegian black metal or folk metal, neither of which is what they do.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * TheLastDance: "No Fear for the Setting Sun."
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * LastStand: Lots of songs.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * LeaveNoSurvivors: Usually, throughout their songs.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Most of the group's albums include a bonus disc which may include demos, live tracks, or ''full concert [=DVD=]s'' lengthier than the actual album.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * LonelyAtTheTop: ''Doom Over Dead Man.''
* LyricsVideoMismatch: "The Way of Vikings" is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]] [[HornyVikings take a guess]], but the video is about an underground fighting ring.
* ManlyTears: The narrator of "The Fate of Norns" cries these when his only son dies. The song itself [[TearJerker may induce these as well]].
* MartyrdomCulture: It certainly has a big influence in their songs (check "Live Without Regrets"), what with the dying in battle or nothing thing, as the title of "For Victory or Death" puts it.
* MelodicDeathMetal
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their songs go back and forth between 8 and 9; can sometimes go up to 10.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * NotAfraidToDie: "Without Fear", "Live Without Regrets", "The Last Stand of Frej", "Death in Fire", "The Pursuit of Vikings".. The list goes on and on.
* NumberedSequel: The saga ''Loke's Treachery'', so far, features songs "Hermod's Ride To Hel / Loke's Treachery Part I" and "Tock's Taunt / Loke's Treachery Part II", and the myth is far from over yet.
* OdeToIntoxication: ''Raise Your Horns''. The music video depicts fans and celebrities submitting videos of themselves drinking out of horns.
* OffWithHisHead: Mentioned in "War of the Gods", this is the ultimate fate of Mimir at the hands of the Vanir. The spoken Swedish in the song reveals that Odin managed to keep his head alive however.
** Also mentioned in ''As Loke Falls'', with Heimdall decapitating Loki in their battle.
* OnrushingArmy: Featured in ''An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm''. Much more unusual in this case as it happens in the sea.
* OrpheanRescue: "Hermod's Ride To Hel / Loke's Treachery Part I", where the guy-to-be-rescued is Baldr.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: "Blood Eagle" is about the protagonist torturing someone to death for killing his family.
* POVSequel:
** "Abandoned" is from the perspective of a man killed by the protagonists of the ''Once Sent from the Golden Hall'' album.
** The songs "Destroyer of the Universe" and "The Last Stand of Frej" from ''Surtur Rising'' both deal with the final battle between Surtur and Freyr, the former from Surtur's perspective and the latter from Freyr's.
%% commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ProfessionalKiller: ''The Hero'', which is about a mercenary rejecting the notion that he is anything more than an evil man.
%% commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * PunctuatedForEmphasis:
%% cont. commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** "TWILIGHT! OF! THE THUN! DER! GOD!"; though for certain not their only example.
%% cont. commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample ** The one shown above as well: "Sword! in! my! Hand! Axe! on my! Side! Val-hall a-waits! Soon! I will die!".
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * RainOfArrows: Happens in "An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm".
* RapePillageAndBurn: Several examples given the theme of the band, but the most prominent is probably [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFAJ--O4GCQ "Gods of War Arise"]], which is about Vikings sacking a village, slaughtering anyone who stands in their way, and carrying off valuables and slaves.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * RatedMForManly
* RedOniBlueOni: the songs "Destroyer of the Universe" and "The Last Stand of Frej" feature mortal enemies Surtur and Frej's points of view against their battle. The mood for Surtur's fiery red apocalypse is a fast and brutal track, while Frej's BlueBlood martyr POV makes a melancholic and almost angsty song.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ReligionRantSong: "Slaves Of Fear".
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After the attack to his DoomedHometown in the song "Arson", the protagonist goes into one of these for the song "Once Sealed in Blood".
* SavageWolves: "Live for the Kill," and the wolf named Fenrir features in "A Beast Am I".
* ScreamingWarrior: A big deal is made about battle cries in many songs.
* TheScrooge: "Doom Over Dead Man" is about a Scrooge on his deathbed.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * SelfDestructiveCharge: "The Last Stand of Frej".
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * TheSpartanWay: Or rather the "Norse" way, on "Live Without Regrets".
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: They use some of the less common spellings for the names of Norse gods, such as Oden for Odin and Loke for Loki. These are spellings more commonly found in Swedish, although technically there are multiple possible spellings for their names, depending on both the method of translation and the original language.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * StandYourGround: All the time.
%% commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * StrictlyFormula: When you pop in a new Amon Amarth album you know ''exactly'' what you're getting. These guys are pretty much the Music/{{ACDC}} of Swedish death metal.
* StalkerWithACrush: "A Dream That Cannot Be" is sung from the perspective of a man and a woman. The man trying to win her heart, while the woman says he can't understand that she will never be his. Telling him to leave her alone.
* SuicideMission: "The Last Stand of Frej", what with fighting the flaming-sword-wielding giant who started TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * ToHellAndBack: ''[[EventTitle Hermod's Ride to Hel]] / Loke's Treachery Part I''.
* TwistEnding: "The Beheading Of A King". The titular king is captured by Vikings, [[spoiler:released for a ransom, and beheaded... by his own people, who apparently staged a revolt in his absence.]]
* VillainProtagonist:
** The POV character of the rather misleadingly-named "The Hero" basically sings about how evil he is.
** Could also apply to the POV character for "Gods of War Arise", who gleefully sings about burning a village, looting it, and enslaving the survivors.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * VillainSong: ''A Beast am I'', ''Destroyer of the Universe'', and ''Tock's Taunt / Loke's Treachery Part II''. The newly released song, ''Deceiver of the Gods'', also counts.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample, not specific * WarIsGlorious: Few if any song features fear towards it.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * WildHair
%% commented out, Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * WhereIsYourXNow: Where X stands for God. "...does he hear your prayers? Does he even care for you? His silence speaks loud and clear!"
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: The protagonist of the ''Jomsviking'' album is banished from his homeland in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw5G6fF-wqQ "First Kill"]] after killing a nobleman to keep him from taking his lady love for DroitDuSeigneur. When he returns in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IINxwsSDf80 "A Dream that Can Never Be"]] to get her, she refuses him.
%% commented out as Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * YouShallNotPass: "Guardians of Asgaard".
'''...when I'm dead!'''