It took six full-length albums, however with With Oden on Our Facet Amon Amarth lastly cracked Billboard. The file, which got here out Sept. 22, 2006, debuted at No. 15 on the Prime Heatseekers chart and No. 26 on the Unbiased Album Chart.
Whereas the disc isn’t a marked departure from the plundering Viking metallic of the band’s earlier releases, songs like “Runes to My Memory” and “Cry of the Black Birds” are heavier and extra direct. Even when the band shifts rhythms, it does so with a brand new fluidity that retains the album from sounding in any respect disjointed.
Among the songwriting enhancements on With Oden on Our Facet got here from the musician’s elevated dedication to the band. “We made Amon Amarth our full-time precedence,” drummer Fredrik Andersson instructed Deadtide.com. “Earlier than, Amon Amarth was only a passion and we have been doing it in our spare time. What we did was we stop our daytime jobs and thought, ‘we will do this full-time.’ It made us very targeted.”
Sonically, With Oden on Our Facet has extra in widespread with early Amon Amarth releases, together with 1998’s As soon as Despatched From the Golden Corridor, than it does with the meandering, bleaker sounds of 2004’s Destiny of Norns. Melody and heaviness exist in equal measure and whereas there’s loads of double-bass drumming and thunderous riffage in “Valhall Awaits Me” and “Asator,” each music is flush with hooks and plenty of characteristic rigorously formulated guitar leads.
Amon Amarth, “Valhall Awaits Me”
Along with demonstrating a brand new stage of dedication to their music, Amon Amarth determined to rent a producer that may be extra hands-on than Peter Tägtgren or Berno Paulsson had been with the band’s first 5 releases. “The change of studio [was a big thing for us], Andersson mentioned. “We used a producer that bought concerned with the songs in an early stage additionally helped us loads to make the perfect album.”
Amon Amarth named With Oden on Our Facet after the almighty Norse god Oden, who wields a spear and rides a flying, eight-legged horse named Sleipnir. “Oden is in fact the very best god in Scandinavian mythology and he is the god of warfare, knowledge, poetry and artistry, vocalist Johan Hegg instructed Pyromusic.com. “The explanation we selected the title is that it suited the lyrical ideas of the album and signified the sensation we had in the course of the writing and recording of the album. We actually felt as if we had the Gods on our aspect.”
Amon Amarth, “Asator”
With Oden on Our Facet was launched as a traditional nine-song album and as a digipack, which included a bonus disc that album two contained demos and stay recordings and studio periods of tracks from the band’s different data.
Loudwire contributor Jon Wiederhorn is the creator of Raising Hell: Backstage Tales From the Lives of Metal Legends, co-author of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, in addition to the co-author of Scott Ian’s autobiography, I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax, and Al Jourgensen’s autobiography, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen and the Agnostic Entrance ebook My Riot! Grit, Guts and Glory.