Music / Amon Amarth

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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 Melodic Death Metal 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 Norse Mythology.

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.

Albums:
  • 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:

  • Apocalypse Wow: Many songs depict Ragnarok or allude to it, such as Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags, and half the songs of the Surtur Rising album.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: This is an actual line in "Cry Of The Black Birds".
  • Badass Beard: 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.
  • Blood Knight: A lot of characters in their songs. Arguably the best example is the Ax-Crazy 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!
  • Bragging Theme Tune: 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 last stand.
  • Call-and-Response Song: "A Dream that Can Never Be", with Johann voicing the protagonist of the album, now a Jomsviking, and Doro Pesch singing as his Old Flame who refuses to join his new life.
  • The Cameo: Doro Pesch sings the role of the protagonist's Old Flame in "A Dream that Can Never Be". She's also appeared to perform the song at concerts, such as this one.
  • Concept Album:
    • Once Sent from the Golden Hall seems to tell a story about five Viking warriors who invade a Christian country and Rape, Pillage, and Burn everything in sight in order to get revenge for the death of the son of one of them.
    • Jomsviking is explicitly based on the Jomsvikings, a semi-legendary band of devoutly pagan Norse mercenaries and brigands of the 10th and 11th centuries.
  • Cool Horse: 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.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Songs about dying in battle.
  • Decapitation Presentation: 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
  • Despair Event Horizon: 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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.
  • Downer Ending: "Embrace of the Endless Ocean" is about someone who was Made a Slave 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: 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.
  • Droit du Seigneur: Strongly implied in "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".
  • Götterdämmerung: 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: 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.
  • Numbered Sequel: 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.
  • Ode to Intoxication: Raise Your Horns. The music video depicts fans and celebrities submitting videos of themselves drinking out of horns.
  • Off with His Head!: 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.
  • Onrushing Army: Featured in An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm. Much more unusual in this case as it happens in the sea.
  • Orphean Rescue: "Hermod's Ride To Hel / Loke's Treachery Part I", where the guy-to-be-rescued is Baldr.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: "Blood Eagle" is about the protagonist torturing someone to death for killing his family.
  • P.O.V. Sequel:
    • "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.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Several examples given the theme of the band, but the most prominent is probably "Gods of War Arise", which is about Vikings sacking a village, slaughtering anyone who stands in their way, and carrying off valuables and slaves.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: 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 Blue Blood martyr POV makes a melancholic and almost angsty song.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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.
  • Stalker With a Crush: "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.
  • Suicide Mission: "The Last Stand of Frej", what with fighting the flaming-sword-wielding giant who started The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Twist Ending: "The Beheading Of A King". The titular king is captured by Vikings, released for a ransom, and beheaded... by his own people, who apparently staged a revolt in his absence.
  • Villain Protagonist:
    • 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.

...when I'm dead!
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