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Amon Amarth: The Crusher (Reissue)

The album title of Amon Amarth's third album says everything about the content. The music is so heavy, that it'll crush anything in its path. The people over at Metal Blade have decided to re-release this album after having reissued the first two Amon Amarth albums about half a year ago. For those not familiar with these Swedes, they make a melodic brand of death metal fueled by lyrics about Vikings, swords, horses and stuff. They've been active for almost twenty years now and have become an established death metal band. You always have one certainty with this band: every release sounds the same. So if you like one, you sure as hell like the others.

Brutal and heavy are the keywords in their music. No technical rambling, no virtuoso guitar solos, just a devastating assault to your ears. So what is there to reissue on an eight year old release? The production was already awesome on the original release, so Metal Blade added a second disc with the entire CD in a live setting. The other treat is a bonus track called "The Eyes of Horror". I never thought much of this album and the bonus track just makes it worse. Don't get me wrong, these guys are masters at their game, but it's all a bit flat and predictable. All the tracks are mid tempo death metal songs with the rare change of speed. That's this album's problem. With the exception of the haunting "The Sound of Eight Hooves" and the furious "A Fury Divine", the rest of the album tends to get caught up in a musical porridge and it's not a very tasty porridge.

For Amon Amarth fans and completists in general this release is vital. If you're none of the two groups mentioned, either stay away from it or stick to your original copy. Here's waiting for a new Amon Amarth release, because I have to hand these guys one thing: they're like a good wine... they get better over time.


Track list:
DISC 1

  1. Bastards Of A Lying Breed
  2. Masters Of War
  3. The Sound Of Eight Hooves
  4. Risen From The Sea 2000
  5. As Long As The Raven Flies
  6. A Fury Divine
  7. Annihilation Of Hammerfest
  8. The Fall Through Ginnungagap
  9. Releasing Surtur's Fire
  10. The Eyes Of Horror (Bonus Track)

DISC 2 (Live)
  1. Bastards Of A Lying Breed
  2. Masters Of War
  3. The Sound Of Eight Hooves
  4. Risen From The Sea 2000
  5. As Long As The Raven Flies
  6. A Fury Divine
  7. Annihilation Of Hammerfest
  8. The Fall Through Ginnungagap
  9. Releasing Surtur's Fire

Added: September 12th 2009
Reviewer: Christ Arts
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 607
Language: english

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