Amon Amarth - _Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds_
(Pulverised, 1996)
by: Brian Meloon (6 out of 10)
Amon Amarth are another Swedish band playing the death/black style (Dawn, Naglfar, Dissection), but these guys are a little further to the death side of the genre. They have some nice ideas, but aren't really outstanding. Their main sound is typical death/black metal, probably most like a less intricate Dawn, but they throw in some melodic death metal (a la Amorphis _TKI_ or Scum (see CoC #7)) as well. The differences in these two sounds isn't great, so they don't clash, although the melodic death sections do seem a little out of place. The guitar lines seem fresh, but aren't as copious as they are in the above mentioned bands. They aren't really as melodic, either, as some of the guitar lines don't really seem to go anywhere. The playing is average; not bad, but not great, either. The production is pretty rough, sounding almost like a demo. Overall, this is better than average, but not as good as Naglfar, Dawn or Dissection... worth having if you're into the genre, but not essential.

(article published 17/7/1996)

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