Release Date: September 30, 2008
1. Twilight Of The Thunder God
2. Free Will Sacrifice
3. Guardians Of Asgaard
4. Where Is Your God?
5. Varyags Of Miklagaard
6. Tattered Banners And Bloody Flags
7. No Fear For The Setting Sun
8. The Hero
9. Live For The Kill
10. Embrace The Endless Ocean
In the spring of 2008, almost exactly two years after the last time they began recording, the band returned to Bogren's studio in Orebro to show there was still room for improvement with Twilight of the Thunder God. "Jens gave us new ideas and perspectives about song writing and sound", explains Johan Hegg. AMON AMARTH's songs have become more varied than ever, incorporating the roots of death metal as well as showing openness towards different styles. Up to now, the Norse themes had provided the only connection with the traditional scene of their hometown. This time Johan sings a duet with L.G. Petrov, the only true Entombed singer, on the mid-tempo scorcher "Guardians Of Asgaard". The title track and "Where Is Your God?", the former an up-tempo hymn, the latter probably the most brutal AMON AMARTH track of all time, seem like the best letter of recommendation the band could have needed for the Unholy Alliance tour, which will take Hegg and Co. through Europe alongside Slayer, Trivium and Mastodon later this year. Johan: "All of us have been huge fans of Slayer since the mid 80s, and to be able to tour with this legendary thrash band is a dream come true." "The Hero", on the other hand, continues to draw from the band's melodic potential. The well-dosed appearance of Apocalyptica's string prowess in "Live for the Kill" shouldn't put anyone off, since AMON AMARTH always retains their predominance, keeping the song together. The band's credo? "We have developed our sound without changing too much. We don't want to upset our fans." The only track that is epic in length as it is in content, "Embrace of the Endless Ocean", completes the Twilight of the Thunder God.
AMON AMARTH refuse to stagnate musically as well as in their appearance: A comic serves as companion for the countdown to the release of Twilight of the Thunder God. Furthermore, the band has come up with a very special idea for their loyal German fans for around New Year's Eve 2008/2009. Under the title "Bloodshed Over Bochum" the band will play their first four albums in their entirety, in chronological order, on four successive evenings at the Zeche club. Valhall awaits! - Bjorn Torsten Jaschinski
Amon Amarth has toured North America with bands such as Children of Bodom, Trivium, Gojira, and Himsa and were on 2007's Sounds of the Underground playing alongside Shadow's Fall, Darkest Hour, Goatwhore, GWAR, Chimaira, Every Time I Die, and Job for a Cowboy just to name a few. The band headed back to the US and Canada on a headlining run in support of Twilight of the Thunder God with support coming from Ensiferum, Belphegor, and label mates The Absence.
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