With Oden on Our Side

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With Oden on Our Side
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Studio album by Amon Amarth
Released 22 September 2006 (2006-09-22)
Recorded May–June, 2006
Studio 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)

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.[1]

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 the former being featured in the 2011 video game Saints Row: The Third by developer Volition.

Style[edit]

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:

The inspiration for the album art is of a depiction of Odin riding his eight-legged horse Sleipnir on the Tjängvide image stone.

Cover art[edit]

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 suggests 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10[3]

Public reception[edit]

With Oden on Our Side was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.69 of 5, based on more than 2,300 ratings,[4] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.0 of 5, based on more than 1,250 ratings.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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 - Lokes 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

Credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Amon Amarth[edit]

  • Johan Hegg − vocals
  • Olavi Mikkonen − guitar
  • Johan Söderberg − guitar
  • Ted Lundström − bass
  • Fredrik Andersson − drums

Production[edit]

  • Jens Bogren – production, engineering, mixing
  • Anders "Shadow" Ström – additional recording
  • Thomas Eberger – mastering

Studios[edit]

  • Fascination Street studios, Örebro, Sweden
  • Cutting Room, Stockholm – mastering
  • Amon Amarth's rehearsal studio – recording (2006 demos)
  • Sunlight Studio – recording (1997 demos)

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 27
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 21
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard.com – Artist Chart History – Amon Amarth". Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth at AllMusic
  3. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "CD Reviews - With Oden On Our Side - Amon Amarth". www.blabbermouth.net. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "With Oden on Our Side by Amon Amarth (Album, Melodic Death Metal)". rateyourmusic.com. Sonemic. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Amon Amarth - With Oden on Our Side User Opinions". www.sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Amon Amarth – With Oden on Our Side" (in German). Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Amon Amarth – With Oden on Our Side". Hung Medien.

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