The seventh full-length album by the cult Swedish Melodic Death Metal band.
Alongside "With Oden On Our Side", "Twilight Of The Thunder God" just might be the strongest record Amon Amarth has written thus far. Certainly, it's essentially the same as all the rest of their albums, but it manages to get by without sounding redundant or stagnant. And this is certainly more than most of their contemporaries can attest to, there's no denying that.
If Extreme Metal existed back in the days of Vikings, Sweden's Amon Amarth would undoubtedly be the musical choice of vessels sailing rough and treacherous seas. And on the seventh studio effort overall by the quintet, Amon Amarth sticks closely to the same sound and approach that got them this far in the first place. But unlike their prior studio efforts, several renowned names within the Metal community drop by to lend a heavy hand, including Entombed vocalist Lars-Göran Petrov on "Guardians of Asgaard", Children Of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala provides a guitar solo on the title track, while Apocalyptica is heard on "Live for the Kill". As evidenced by such ditties as "Varyags of Miklagaard" and "Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags", technically demanding musicality, Godzilla-like growls, and rhythms/tempos compared to horses galloping into war are all proudly on display throughout "Twilight Of The Thunder God".
All in all, "Twilight Of The Thunder God" is simply a fun listen, and one of the most exciting Metal albums of the year, nothing more, nothing less. Considering that that is most likely all that Amon Amarth set out to do, they've passed with flying colours!
The album debuted at number 50 on the Billboard 200, and debuted at number 11 on the Swedish album charts. This makes the band's first album to chart on the top 200, and also the band's highest chart debut in their native country of Sweden, debuting 10 places higher than their previous release, "With Oden On Our Side". Also the album was ranked number six on Metal Hammer's Top 50 Albums of 2008.
Metal Blade Records GbmH., 2008 (3984-14693-2). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Twilight Of The Thunder God 4:09
2. Free Will Sacrifice 4:09
3. Guardians Of Asgaard 4:23
4. Where Is Your God? 3:11
5. Varyags Of Miklagaard 4:18
6. Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags 4:30
7. No Fear For The Setting Sun 3:52
8. The Hero 4:02
9. Live For The Kill 4:10
10. Embrace Of The Endless Ocean 6:44
Total playing time: 43:28