The Avenger (album)

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The Avenger
Amon Amarth The avenger.jpg
Studio album by Amon Amarth
Released September 2, 1999
Recorded March 1999
(The Abyss)
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 36:12
Label Metal Blade
Producer Peter Tägtgren
Amon Amarth chronology
Once Sent from the Golden Hall
The Avenger
The Crusher
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Avenger is the second full-length studio album by the Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth, released by Metal Blade Records on September 2, 1999. It was the first Amon Amarth album with guitarist Johan Söderberg and drummer Fredrik Andersson, Thus completing the line-up that remained up until 2015, following Andersson's departure from the band. It was also released as a digipak version, containing a bonus track "Thor Arise", a re-recording of the title track from their first demo, Thor Arise. The album was also released as an LP version. Later, Metal Blade Records re-released the album in 2005 on Picture LP, limited to 500 hand-counted copies. The lineup of the album has continued on to present. A deluxe edition was released in 2009 that featured the album remastered by Jens Bogren, and a bonus cd of the original album played live in its entirety in Bochum, Germany.

Quote and feud[edit]

Exact quote for the album, by the band:

The quote was a result of a short-lived feud with heavy metal band HammerFall, and fears consumers and press alike viewed the album as unoriginal or a near-cover work of another band.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Bleed for Ancient Gods" 4:31
2. "The Last with Pagan Blood" 5:39
3. "North Sea Storm" 4:56
4. "Avenger" 7:11
5. "God, His Son and Holy Whore" 4:00
6. "Metalwrath" 3:50
7. "Legend of a Banished Man" 6:05
Total length: 36:12
Digipak Bonus Track
No. Title Length
8. "Thor Arise" (re-recording of track from Thor Arise demo) 5:07
2009 deluxe edition, disc 2
No. Title Length
9. "Bleed for Ancient Gods" (live - Bochum, Germany) 4:29
10. "The Last with Pagan Blood" (live - Bochum, Germany) 5:00
11. "North Sea Storm" (live - Bochum, Germany) 5:12
12. "Avenger" (live - Bochum, Germany) 7:15
13. "God, His Son and Holy Whore" (live - Bochum, Germany) 4:09
14. "Metalwrath" (live - Bochum, Germany) 3:57
15. "Legend of a Banished Man" (live - Bochum, Germany) 6:03
Total length: 36:05


Band members[edit]


  • Engineered and mixed by Peter Tägtgren.
  • Mastered at Cutting Room in Stockholm by Peter In De Betou, April 1999.
  • Cover and layout by Thomas Everhard.