Amon Amarth has succeeded in combining the elements of death metal and mythology to create a unique genre. In this blog post, we’re diving deep into the realms of Valhalla to explore their top songs. If you are into not just metal but Viking themes and Norse mythology as well, this greatest hits list is the one for you.
6. Raven’s Flight
‘Raven’s Flight’ kicks off the list with thunderous drumming and relentless guitar work that sets the stage for Johan Hegg’s vocals. This song captures the essence of Viking adventure and conquest, with lyrics that evoke the imagery of Viking longships. The track takes place in one of the more recent albums, ‘Berserker,’ marking the band’s 11th studio album.
5. War Of The Gods
Amon Amarth’s ability to blend melody with aggression reflects well in this track. The guitar solos and harmonies are particularly heavy and fast, making this song a testament to their musicianship. With lyrics of gods clashing in epic battles, it’s a sonic journey into the heart of Viking mythology.
4. The Pursuit of Vikings
From their 2006 album ‘With Oden on Our Side,’ the track stands as one of Amon Amarth’s most iconic ones. Its instantly recognizable opening riff and chant-worthy chorus have made it a staple in the band’s live performances. The song tells the tale of Viking raids and the relentless pursuit of glory, all set to a backdrop of brutal Viking metal.
3. Guardians Of Asgaard
‘Guardians Of Asgaard’ is a fusion of melody and aggression, delivering the signature Amon Amarth sound. The track features guest vocals from Lars Göran Petrov of Entombed, adding a new dimension to the song.
2. Raise Your Horns
‘Raise Your Horns’ is a celebratory ode to companionship and drinking, featured on the 2016 album ‘Jomsviking.’ Focusing more on the bonds forged over ale and mead rather than battle-driven themes, the song’s catchy chorus and folk-inspired melodies make it an instant crowd-pleaser at Amon Amarth concerts.
1. Twilight Of The Thunder God
‘Twilight Of The Thunder God’ is arguably Amon Amarth’s magnum opus. The track takes place in the 2008 eponymous album and combines intricate guitar work, thunderous drumming, and Hegg’s vocals to tell the tale of Thor’s battle against the serpent Jörmungandr. The guest appearance of the former Children of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala on guitar adds an extra layer of intensity, capturing the glory and power of Viking mythology.