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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 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're known for a very dark sound with imagery taken largely from vikings and NorseMythology.

The band comprises vocalist Johan Hegg, guitarists Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg, bassist Ted Lundström and drummer Fredrik Andersson. 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)

'''Valhall awaits me...'''
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!! Their music contains examples of:
%% commented out as 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 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 ZeroContextExample * TheBerserker: "Valhall Awaits Me".
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Quite a few, of course. "An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm" is ''only'' this.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * BigDamnHeroes: Thor.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample, not specific * BloodKnight: A lot of characters in their songs.
* 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]].
%% commented out, ExplainYourExamples * CaptainObvious:
%% cont. commented out, ExplainYourExamples --> Johan Hegg: ''"This is a song about being a Viking! It's called The Pursuit of Vikings!"''
%% commented out as 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.
%% commented out as 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 ZeroContextExample * DawnAttack: "An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm".
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample, not specific * DecisiveBattle: Every fight referenced that belongs to Ragnarok. TheWarToEndAllWars, indeed.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DespairEventHorizon: "The Fate of Norns"
* 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.
%% commented out as 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.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * EarthIsABattlefield: Their songs pretty much would have you believe this.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * EvilIsBurningHot: ''Destroyer of the Universe,'' which is about Surtur.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * FightingForAHomeland: "Varyags of Miklagaard".
* {{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 ZeroContextExample * GlorySeeker: Quite a few songs.
%% commented out as 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.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * HeavyMithril
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * HiredGuns: "Varyags of Miklagaard".
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * HoldTheLine: ''Free Will Sacrifice,'' and ''Guardians of Asgaard'' are some examples.
%% commented out, ExplainYourExamples * HornyVikings: Of course.
* ImAHumanitarian: The protagonist of "Where Silent Gods Stand Guard".
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ILikeThoseOdds: A line in "Free Will Sacrifice."
%% commented out as 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 ZeroContextExample * TheLastDance: "No Fear for the Setting Sun."
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * LastStand: Lots of songs.
%% commented out as 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 ZeroContextExample * LonelyAtTheTop: ''Doom Over Dead Man.''
* 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
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample, TypeLabelsAreNotExamples * MetalScream: Almost exclusively Type 2. Yeah, they've nearly never used the signature melodeath Type 3.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their songs range from 8 to 10.
%% commented out as 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.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * OnrushingArmy: "An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm", even if 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, ExplainYourExamples * ProfessionalKiller: ''The Hero'', which is about a mercenary rejecting the notion that he is anything more than an evil man.
%% commented out, ExplainYourExamples * PunctuatedForEmphasis:
%% cont. commented out, ExplainYourExamples ** "TWILIGHT! OF! THE THUN! DER! GOD!"; though for certain not their only example.
%% cont. commented out, ExplainYourExamples ** 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 ZeroContextExample * RainOfArrows: Happens in "An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm".
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * RapePillageAndBurn: "Gods of War Arise", among others. Not exactly surprising, with the whole Viking theme.
%% commented out as 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 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 ZeroContextExample * SelfDestructiveCharge: "The Last Stand of Frej".
%% commented out as 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 ZeroContextExample * StandYourGround: All the time.
%% commented out, ExplainYourExamples * 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.
* SuicideMission: "The Last Stand of Frej", what with fighting the flaming-sword-wielding giant who started TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
%% commented out as 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 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 ZeroContextExample, not specific * WarIsGlorious: Few if any song features fear towards it.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WildHair
%% commented out, ExplainYourExamples * WhereIsYourXNow: Where X stands for God. "...does he hear your prayers? Does he even care for you? His silence speaks loud and clear!"
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * YouShallNotPass: "Guardians of Asgaard".
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'''...when I'm dead!'''