Surtur Rising

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Surtur Rising
Amon Amarth Surtur Rising album cover.jpg
Studio album by Amon Amarth
Released March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)
Studio Fascination Street Studio
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 48:40
Label Metal Blade
Producer Jens Bogren
Amon Amarth chronology
Twilight of the Thunder God
(2008)
Surtur Rising
(2011)
Deceiver of the Gods
(2013)

Surtur Rising is the eighth studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth. It is named after the mythical giant, Surtr. The album was released on March 29, 2011. The album debuted at number 34 on the American Billboard 200 chart as well as number 19 on the Canadian album charts.[1]

On June 27, 2011, the band released a music video, with footage taken during a live performance in Philadelphia, PA and directed by David Brodsky, for the third track on the album, "Destroyer of the Universe".[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net 9/10 stars[5]
Metal Hammer 7/7 stars[6]

The critical reception to the album has been widely positive. Germany's Metal Hammer chose the album as the album of the month in March 2011.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Amon Amarth. 

Standard CD edition[4]
No. Title Length
1. "War of the Gods"   4:33
2. "Töck's Taunt: Loke's Treachery Part II"   5:58
3. "Destroyer of the Universe"   3:41
4. "Slaves of Fear"   4:25
5. "Live Without Regrets"   5:03
6. "The Last Stand of Frej"   5:37
7. "For Victory or Death"   4:30
8. "Wrath of the Norsemen"   3:44
9. "A Beast Am I"   5:14
10. "Doom Over Dead Man"   5:55
Total length:
48:40
Digipak edition

The digipack edition includes a 10-track audio CD and a bonus Live DVD.[9]

The length of the last track, "Doom over dead Man", is listed as 7:32 on the back of the album, but skipping to the track or ripping it produces a song length of 5:55. An instrumental part 1:37 long is hidden in the pregap between tracks 9 and 10, which can only be heard by rewinding or playing straight through.[7]

Live DVD

This DVD, included in the digipack and deluxe editions, contains over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the "Bloodshed Over Bochum" concert series in 2008 where Amon Amarth played the first four albums on four successive nights.[9]

Vinyl picture disc editions

A 2-sided vinyl LP picture disc is also available in the North American market with the following 10 tracks,[10] and the European market edition includes a 4-sided vinyl LP picture disc with the following 10 tracks and "Balls to the Wall" (Accept cover) bonus track, with the fourth side etched.[11]

Personnel[edit]

Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

Amon Amarth
  • Johan Hegg – lead vocals
  • Olavi Mikkonen – guitars
  • Johan Söderberg – guitars
  • Ted Lundström – bass
  • Fredrik Andersson – drums
Production
  • Jens Bogrenproducer, mixing, mastering
  • Urban Näsvall – drumtech
  • Martin Jacobsson – orchestral arrangements
  • Dark Passanger Orchestra – orchestra
  • Tom Thiel – cover artwork
  • Thomas Ewerhard – design, layout
  • Steve Brown – photos
Guest musicians
  • Simon Solomon (Witchcraft) – guitar solo on "The last Stand of Frej" and "A Beast am I"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 54
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 19
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 62
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 146
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 8
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 76
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 75
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[24] 10
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[25] 6
US Billboard 200[26] 34
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[27] 6
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 7
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[30] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Surtur Rising - Amon Amarth billboard.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  2. ^ "New Video: Amon Amarth: Destroyer of the Universe". Metal Call Out. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Surtur Rising". Metacritic. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Surtur Rising at AllMusic
  5. ^ Ryan Ogle, Surtur Rising, Blabbermouth.net
  6. ^ a b Surtur Rising Review on Metal Hammer Retrieved on 25-3-2011 (German)
  7. ^ a b c d "Surtur Rising: Additional Notes". Metal-archives.com. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Surtur Rising". iTunes Preview. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  9. ^ a b c Fisher, Jason. Amon Amarth reveal Surtur Rising editions thegauntlet.com. 2011-01-31. Retrieved on 2011-03-08.
  10. ^ "Suture Rising North America Pre-Order". Metal Blade. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  11. ^ "Suture Rising Europe Pre-Order". Metal Blade. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  12. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Amon Amarth – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Amon Amarth.
  16. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Amon Amarth: Surtur Rising" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  18. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  20. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising". Irishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Amon Amarth | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  24. ^ "2011-04-09 Top 40 Independent Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  25. ^ "20110403 Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  26. ^ "Amon Amarth – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Amon Amarth.
  27. ^ "Amon Amarth – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Amon Amarth.
  28. ^ "Amon Amarth – Chart history" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for Amon Amarth.
  29. ^ "Amon Amarth – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for Amon Amarth.
  30. ^ "Amon Amarth – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Amon Amarth.