Amon Amarth - _The Avenger_
(Metal Blade, 1999)
by: Paul Schwarz (8 out of 10)
_Once Sent From the Golden Hall_, Amon Amarth's last album, lacked definition and variation. It failed to hold my attention for its forty five minute duration. As all bands with potential and talent do, Amon Amarth have not rested on their laurels and the effort they have thus put into their music has paid off, resulting in the powerful creation of brutal melodic Swedish death metal that is _The Avenger_. Though forged of their trademark style, _The Avenger_ is less riff-cluttered and is further enhanced by an emphatic and sharply defined production (from Peter Tagtgren and his Abyss studio). Melody is threaded well into the heavy and percussive guitar and drum attack and the vocals have a gripping roar to them. The result is an album with character and punch which provides a rock-solid platform from which Amon Amarth can take their craft to the next, more difficult level of musical achievement.

(article published 12/9/1999)


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