Twilight of the Thunder God
|Twilight of the Thunder God|
|Studio album by Amon Amarth|
|Released||17 September 2008|
|Recorded||May to June 2008 at Fascination Street Studio|
|Genre||Melodic death metal|
|Amon Amarth chronology|
Pre-release and production
In anticipation of this album, there was a series of studio diaries in the form of vlogs that discussed the recording process of this album in the studio. There were six vlogs recorded. The first focused on Fredrik Andersson recording the drums. The second vlog focused on Olavi Mikkonen recording the rhythm guitar position. The third blog focused on Ted Lundström recording bass guitar and band members preparing food. The fourth episode focused on Johan Hegg recording vocals. The fifth video was Johan Söderberg performing and recording guitar solos. The final vlog featured Olavi Mikkonen and Ted Lundström packing up the studio and a sneak peek of the album.
A series of 8-page comics were made during the production of the album, eponymously entitled "Twilight of the Thunder God", released in magazines throughout Europe.
On 27 June 2008, the title of this album was announced, it being "Twilight of the Thunder God". Twilight of the Thunder God features several guest appearances featuring Entombed vocalist Lars Göran Petrov on "Guardians of Asgaard", Children of Bodom and Stone guitarist Roope Latvala who contributes a solo on the track "Twilight of the Thunder God", and Finnish cello metal band Apocalyptica as a guest appearance on "Live for the Kill".
On 27 August 2008, Amon Amarth released the information that they had recently finished work on a video clip for the title track of the album. The video clip was shot in Jomsborg, Poland. The band notes that while they were there, a heavy storm came through the town, resulting in the roughest conditions the band has ever shot a music video in.
The album debuted at number 50 on the Billboard 200, and debuted at number 11 on the Swedish album charts. This makes the band's first album to chart on the top 200, and also the band's highest chart debut in their native country of Sweden, debuting 10 places higher than their previous release, With Oden on Our Side.
Initial critical response to Twilight of the Thunder God was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 80, based on 5 reviews.
All songs written and composed by Amon Amarth.
|1.||"Twilight of the Thunder God" (feat. Roope Latvala)||4:09|
|2.||"Free Will Sacrifice"||4:09|
|3.||"Guardians of Asgaard" (feat. Lars Göran Petrov)||4:23|
|4.||"Where Is Your God?"||3:11|
|5.||"Varyags of Miklagaard"||4:18|
|6.||"Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags"||4:30|
|7.||"No Fear for the Setting Sun"||3:54|
|9.||"Live for the Kill" (feat. Apocalyptica)||4:10|
|10.||"Embrace of the Endless Ocean"||6:44|
- "Valhall Awaits Me"
- "Runes to My Memory"
- "Cry of the Black Birds"
- "Pursuit of Vikings"
- "Fate of Norns"
- "Without Fear"
- "With Oden on Our Side"
- "Where Silent Gods Stand Guard"
- "An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm"
- "Victorious March"
- "Death in Fire"
- Johan Hegg − vocals
- Olavi Mikkonen − guitar
- Johan Söderberg − guitar
- Ted Lundström − bass guitar
- Fredrik Andersson − drums
- Lars Göran Petrov (Entombed) − vocals on "Guardians of Asgaard"
- Roope Latvala (Children of Bodom) − guitar solo on "Twilight of the Thunder God"
- Apocalyptica − cellos on "Live for the Kill"
- Ronny Milianowicz (ex-Sinergy) - horns, brass, choir vocals
- Tom Thiel − album artwork
- Peter Damin − drum technician
|Sweden, Finland||17 September 2008||Metal Blade||Compact Disc|
|Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Italy||19 September 2008||Metal Blade||Compact Disc|
|The rest of Europe||22 September 2008||Metal Blade||Compact Disc|
|North America and elsewhere||30 September 2008||Metal Blade||Compact Disc, Enhanced CD|
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