Fate of Norns

Fate of Norns is the fifth full-length studio album by the Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth. It was released on 6 September 2004 through Metal Blade Records. This album continued their slower, heavier sound which started on the previous album Versus the World. Before Fate of Norns was officially released by Metal Blade, promo copies were distributed with CD-ROM extras including pictures, biographies, sheets and logos. The album was released in conventional LP format as well as a limited digipak edition. The latter includes a live bonus DVD, Amon Amarth Live at Grand Rokk, which features live recordings and three-camera footage of a live performance in Reykjavík, Iceland on 5 March 2004. "The Pursuit of Vikings" was also made into a music video.

Fate of Norns
Amon Amarth - Fate Of Norns - Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 September 2004
RecordedMay/June 2004
StudioBerno Studios in Malmö, Sweden
GenreMelodic death metal
Length40:00
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerBerno Paulsson, Amon Amarth
Amon Amarth chronology
Versus the World
(2002)
Fate of Norns
(2004)
With Oden on Our Side
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]

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

The sound is more mature than on previous albums. I think the foundation for this sound started when we changed studios from Abyss to Berno when we got to working with Berno Paulsson. We improved the sound a lot for this album. We were able to make all the instruments work better together and still make them prominent one by one in the production as well. We were also able to keep the heaviness and brutality we need to be Amon Amarth.

— Johan Hegg

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Amon Amarth.

No.TitleLength
1."An Ancient Sign of Coming Storm"4:39
2."Where Death Seems to Dwell"4:58
3."The Fate of Norns"5:58
4."The Pursuit of Vikings"4:30
5."Valkyries Ride"4:57
6."The Beheading of a King"3:24
7."Arson"6:45
8."Once Sealed in Blood"4:50
Total length:40:00
Live at Grand RokkReykjavík 2004 in Reykjavík, Iceland - Limited digipak edition bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Death in Fire"4:58
2."For the Stabwounds in our Backs"4:58
3."The Last with Pagan Blood"5:39
4."Masters of War"4:30
5."The Sound of Eight Hooves"4:57
6."Bloodshed"5:24
7."Versus the World"5:24
8."Siegreicher Marsch"8:11
Total length:44:00

PersonnelEdit

Band membersEdit

  • Johan Hegg – vocals
  • Olavi Mikkonen – lead guitar
  • Johan Söderberg – rhythm guitar
  • Ted Lundström – bass
  • Fredrik Andersson – drums

OtherEdit

  • Mixed and mastered at Berno Studio by Berno Paulsson
  • Horn on "Arson" by Udo Schlangschnabel

ReferencesEdit