Versus The World Review

artist: Amon Amarth date: 09/23/2005 category: compact discs
Amon Amarth: Versus The World
Released: Nov 18, 2002
Label: Metal Blade
Genres: Scandinavian Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal/Black Metal
Number Of Tracks: 23
With Versus the World, Amon Amarth return with another terrain flattening, Viking-obsessed death metal platter.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.7
Versus The World Reviewed by: BrofUJu, on september 23, 2005
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Sound: Amon Amarth have an instantly recognizable sound in the metal world. They tend to mesh melodic lines with underlying power chords. An age old idea, but some of the harmonies they pull off, yet remaining quite heavy gives them a completely original sound really. The production is excellent (well not on the bonus CD but that's all really old stuff) I'd give it a perfect but the odd time you find yourself feeling like you might have already heard something being played on the album (for instance the stop start of Bloodshed sounds quite like the title track). None the less sound is great. // 9

Lyrics: Lyrics are generally viking based. None the less they're done well above most viking themed lyrics of other bands, they actually deal with feelings and morales of vikings generally. In fact "Thousand Years Of Oppression" directly deals with invasion of Christianity in Scandinavia and basically talks about freeing your mind. The lyrics fit the music quite well and are done well. Still they're viking lyrics and aren't amazing. // 8

Overall Impression: This album is throughly enjoyable, and probably one of the best I own. Its easy to recognize songs and repeat listens will reveal things you didn't hear before. Its really just an entertaining album and Amon Amarth totally carve their own niche in the metal world. The bonus disc is also great, containing music from their early work. The production isn't great and not all the songs are great, but its a great insight into the bands past, and you can still get the album for the price of one, and the bonus disc is about 70 minutes long. Reccomended songs are "Thousand Years Of Oppression" and "Death In Fire" If you're a fan of any metal I can't urge you enough to check these guys out Death In Fire! // 9

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