Sound — 7
When you first listen to Once Sent From the Golden Hall, you can tell that this is Amon Amarth's first album. This is not in anyway a bad thing. But when you listen to later albums in Amon Amarth's catalog, they are much more polished and cleaner sounding. But the upside to this albums sound, is how melodic it can be. The guitar work from Olavi Mikkonen and Anders Hansson does not go unnoticed on this album. The blistering fast riffs and melodic leads make this album a lot different than other Death Metal albums before it. This album also features future Opeth drummer Martin Lopez doing what he does... being a complete drumming machine. His drum work is simply amazing. He keeps the double bass going and does a lot of complicated fills. The bass, provided by Ted Lundstrm seems to be overshadowed by the drums though. But what bass parts I could make out, were just as fast and complicated as the drums.
Lyrics — 9
For those of you who are familiar with Amon Amarth's work, know that their lyrics are based heavily in Vikings and Norse Mythology. Johan Hegg, the band's vocalist and primary lyricist. Showcases his powerful vocals and his envisioning lyrics well on this album. Although on songs such as "Without Fear" and "Amon Amarth" His vocals seem somewhat strained and overworked. I'm not too sure if this was intended, but those parts can be over looked. Overall the vocal style is very different from other bands in that they are very melodic and go well with the songs.
Overall Impression — 9
A lot of bands take a few albums to get into the sound they wanna have. But Amon Amarth seemed to have known from the start how they wanted to sound. Songs like "Ride for Vengence", "Friends of the Suncross", "Abandoned", and "Once sent from the Golden Hall". Show the bands melodic stylings while sticking to the their Scandinavian Death Metal roots. This album, along with the band itself. Are worth listening to. If I ended up misplacing this album. I would definitely get another copy. This album, to me is a timeless Death Metal album that will stand the test of time.