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
-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're 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 Fredrik Andersson. Amon Amarth has released seven studio albums, one EP, one DVD, and six music videos.
Amon Amarth is currently in the process of recording their ninth studio album. It is tentatively scheduled to be released in June of 2013.
Valhall awaits me...
- 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)
Their music contains examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: The group's lineup consists of Johan, Johan, Olavi, Fredrik, and Ted.
- All Myths Are True
- 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".
- Ax-Crazy: "Valhall Awaits Me".
- 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.
- The Berserker: "Valhall Awaits Me".
- Big Badass Battle Sequence: Quite a few, of course. "An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm" is only this.
- Big Damn Heroes: Thor.
- Blood Knight: A lot of characters in their songs.
- 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.
- Captain Obvious:
- Card-Carrying Villain: 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).
- 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.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: "Versus the World".
- 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.
- Dawn Attack: "An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm".
- Decisive Battle: Every fight referenced that belongs to Ragnarok. The War to End All Wars, indeed.
- Despair Event Horizon: "The Fate of Norns"
- 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.
- Also "The Last Stand of Frej", "Doom Over Dead Man", "The Fate of Norns".
- 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.
- Earth Is a Battlefield: Their songs pretty much would have you believe this.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Destroyer of the Universe, which is about Surtur.
- Fighting for a Homeland: "Varyags of Miklagaard".
- 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.
- Glory Seeker: Quite a few songs.
- Grim Up North
- Harsh Vocals: To be fair... They sound more like death metal gurgles than the average melodeath shrieks.
- Heavy Mithril
- Hired Axes, Spears and Swords: "Varyags of Miklagaard".
- Hold the Line: Free Will Sacrifice, and Guardians of Asgaard are some examples.
- Horny Vikings: Of course.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The protagonist of "Where Silent Gods Stand Guard".
- I Like Those Odds: A line in "Free Will Sacrifice."
- "Versus the World" and "With Oden On Our Side" (songs, not albums) pretty much deal with this as well.
- 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.
- Istanbul: Warriors serving it feature in "Varyags of Miklagaard".
- The Last Dance: "No Fear for the Setting Sun."
- Last Stand: Lots of songs.
- Leave No Survivors: Usually, throughout their songs.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Most of the group's albums include a bonus disc which may include demos, live tracks, or full concert DVDs lengthier than the actual album.
- Lonely at the Top: Doom Over Dead Man.
- Manly Tears: The narrator of "The Fate of Norns" cries these when his only son dies. The song itself may induce these as well.
- Martyrdom Culture: 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.
- Melodic Death Metal
- Metal Scream: Almost exclusively Type 2. Yeah, they've nearly never used the signature melodeath Type 3.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Their songs range from 8 to 10.
- The Need For Mead: The band says they are actually professional mead brewers and demonstrate their favorite mead recipe.
- Not Afraid to Die: "Without Fear", "Live Without Regrets", "The Last Stand of Frej", "Death in Fire", "The Pursuit of Vikings".. The list goes on and on.
- 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.
- Onrushing Army: "An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm", even if 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.
- Professional Killer: The Hero, which is about a mercenary rejecting the notion that he is anything more than an evil man.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "TWILIGHT! OF! THE THUN! DER! GOD!"; though for certain not their only example.
- The one shown above as well: "Sword! in! my! Hand! Axe! on my! Side! Val-hall a-waits! Soon! I will die!".
- Rain of Arrows: Happens in "An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm".
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: "Gods of War Arise", among others. Not exactly surprising, with the whole Viking theme.
- Rated M for Manly
- 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. Both are AWESOME.
- Religion Rant Song: "Slaves Of Fear".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the attack to his Doomed Hometown in the song "Arson", the protagonist goes into one of these for the song "Once Sealed in Blood".
- Savage Wolves: "Live for the Kill," and the wolf named Fenrir features in "A Beast Am I".
- Screaming Warrior: A big deal is made about battle cries in many songs.
- The Scrooge: "Doom Over Dead Man" is about a Scrooge on his deathbed.
- Self Destructive Charge: "The Last Stand of Frej".
- The Spartan Way: Or rather the "Norse" way, on "Live Without Regrets".
- 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.
- Stand Your Ground: All the time.
- Strictly Formula: When you pop in a new Amon Amarth album you know exactly what you're getting. These guys are pretty much the AC/DC of Swedish death metal.
- 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.
- To Hell and Back: Hermod's Ride to Hel / Loke's Treachery Part I.
- 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.
- Villain Song: 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.
- War Is Glorious: Few if any song features fear towards it.
- Wild Hair
- Where Is Your God?: "...does he hear your prayers? Does he even care for you? His silence speaks loud and clear!"
- You Shall Not Pass: "Guardians of Asgaard".
...when I'm dead!