Versus the World (Amon Amarth album)

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Versus the World
Versus The World.jpg
Studio album by Amon Amarth
Released November 18, 2002
(see release history)
Recorded August 2002 (Berno Studio)
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 47:49
Label Metal Blade
Producer Berno Paulsson, Amon Amarth
Amon Amarth chronology
The Crusher
Versus the World
Fate of Norns
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rock Hard (de) 9/10[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Versus the World is the fourth full-length studio album by the Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth, released on November 18, 2002 by Metal Blade Records. It was also released with a bonus disc featuring the Sorrow Throughout the Nine Worlds EP as well as their two demos; Thor Arise, The Arrival of the Fimbul Winter (the first being unreleased before) and a German version of "Victorious March" entitled "Siegreicher Marsch" which was on Once Sent from the Golden Hall. The song "Death in Fire" was made into a music video. Versus the World was the first Amon Amarth album to showcase a more midpaced and heavy sound, unlike their earlier faster works. 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.

When asked to comment on the album, vocalist Johan Hegg remarked:-


In 2005, Versus the World was ranked number 413 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Death in Fire" 4:54
2. "For the Stabwounds in Our Backs" 4:56
3. "Where Silent Gods Stand Guard" 5:46
4. "Versus the World" 5:22
5. "Across the Rainbow Bridge" 4:51
6. "Down the Slopes of Death" 4:09
7. "Thousand Years of Oppression" 5:42
8. "Bloodshed" 5:13
9. "...And Soon the World Will Cease to Be" 6:57
Total length: 47:49

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Europe Nov 18, 02
North America Mid Jan, 03


Band members[edit]


  • Engineered and mixed by Peter Tägtgren.
  • Remastered by Henrik Larsson in September 2002.
  • Cover by Tom Thiel and Thomas Everhard


  1. ^ "Rock Hard review". issue 187. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
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  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 44. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.