With Oden on Our Side

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With Oden on Our Side
Studio album by Amon Amarth
Released 22 September 2006 (2006-09-22)
Recorded May – June, 2006 Fascination Street studios, Örebro, Sweden
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 42:17
Label Metal Blade
Producer Jens Bogren
Amon Amarth chronology
Fate of Norns
(2004)
With Oden on Our Side
(2006)
Twilight of the Thunder God
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars [2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [3]

With Oden on Our Side is the sixth full-length studio album by the Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth, and their first album to enter the Billboard charts, the Top Heatseekers and the Independent Albums chart, peaking at number 15 and number 26 respectively.[4]

It was recorded in May and June 2006 and was released in Europe on 22 September 2006 by Metal Blade Records. A limited edition digipak was also released with a second disc that includes live songs, demos, and unreleased recordings. With Oden on Our Side was also released on a limited red LP. The songs "Runes to My Memory" and "Cry of the Black Birds" were both made into music videos.

With Oden on Our Side takes on a heavier approach compared to their previous album Fate of Norns; according to vocalist Johan Hegg, in an interview with Dutch metal magazine Aardschok, the album would go back to their roots such as their debut, Once Sent from the Golden Hall. When asked about the meaning of the album's title, Hegg remarked:

Well, it kind of has several meanings to it. Oden is of course the highest god in Scandinavian mythology, and he's the god of warfare, wisdom, poetry and artistry. The reason we chose the title is that it suited the lyrical concepts of the album and signified the feeling we had during the writing and recording of the album. We literally felt as if we had the Gods on our side.

PyroMusic interview with Johan Hegg

The album cover art features the Norse God Odin riding on his fabled octopedal horse Sleipnir in a depiction borrowed from the Tjängvide image stone. The background depicts the Valknut, a symbol whose meaning is uncertain, though archeological evidence clearly shows it to be associated with Odin. Letters of the Runic alphabet can be seen on the edges of the triangles forming the Valknut. The Runes on top spell out "With Oden on our Side", whereas the bottom right runes spell "Amon Amarth" using characters from the Elder Futhark.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Amon Amarth.

No. Title Length
1. "Valhall Awaits Me"   4:44
2. "Runes to My Memory"   4:33
3. "Asator"   3:04
4. "Hermod's Ride to Hel - Loke's Treachery Part 1"   4:41
5. "Gods of War Arise"   6:03
6. "With Oden on Our Side"   4:35
7. "Cry of the Black Birds"   3:50
8. "Under the Northern Star"   4:17
9. "Prediction of Warfare"   6:37
Total length:
42:17

Bonus disc (Limited digipak edition)[edit]

The inspiration for the album art is of a depiction of Odin on the Tjängvide image stone.
  • Track 3 and 4 recorded at Amon Amarth's rehearsal studio, January 2006.
  • Track 5 and 6 recorded at Sunlight Studio, March 1997.

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Produced, mixed and engineered by Jens Bogren.
  • Additional recording by Anders "Shadow" Ström.
  • Mastered by Thomas Eberger at Cutting Room, Stockholm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ With Oden on Our Side at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Billboard.com – Artist Chart History – Amon Amarth". Retrieved 2011-03-05.