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Once Sent From the Golden Hall
Genres: Rock, Metal
When a band is named after the Mountain of Doom in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, you're pretty much guaranteed epic metal at its most extravagant. But despite their lyrical bent (including 'Dungeons and Dragons' titles l... more »
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When a band is named after the Mountain of Doom in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, you're pretty much guaranteed epic metal at its most extravagant. But despite their lyrical bent (including 'Dungeons and Dragons' titles like 'Ride for Vengeance', 'Victorious March' and 'The Dragons' 'Flight Across the Waves'), Sweden's Amon Amarth eschew the expected Germanic power metal usually associated with such subject matter for brutally intense Scandinavian death metal. Amon Amarth get the job done with plenty of spirit, more than competent songwriting, and excellent musicianship - most notably from future Opeth drummer Martin Lopez. The song which bears the group's namesake is probably the most memorable, as it contains the chaotic noises of battle, the screams of the dying and much sword clashing to boot.
The Second Disc Is The Real Gem
DK | NY USA | 03/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The remastered studio album offered here is louder and fuller sounding than the original--no surprise. This is a ferocious album by a band that would maintain its edge but add catchier and more engaging elements over time. But forget all of that: the second disc, a live beginning-to-end run through of Once Sent..., demonstrates how great this band has become. The authority and confidence with which they play these older tunes (during a 2008 performance) is astonishing, and the live disc just blows away the studio recordings, regardless of remastering. This package is good news for fans... if the plan at Metal Blade is to continue these two-disc rereleases and accompany the remastered tracks with live versions of the albums. Even those who already own these albums should consider the new versions--not only are the bonuses worth the investment, but Amon Amarth and their record company believe in value for your dollar: you get, essentially, two discs for the price of one from this band. Cool, right?"