It would seem that the hammer of the Thunder God’s of Metal will be silent for awhile as the news is currently circulating about drummer Fredrik Andersson leaving the band Amon Amarth. A role he has commendably filled for the past seventeen years. The brief statement from the band follows and reads:
“Amon Amarth and drummer Fredrik Andersson have decided to part ways after 17 years. Fredrik has been an important part of Amon Amarth’s development since he joined the band in 1998 and we wish him all the best for the future. We are currently in the process of writing the new album, but at the moment there is no replacement for him”.
That some sad news but in bands as much as regular life nothing is forever and peoples needs change as they grow older. Speaking personally, I’ve greatly enjoyed the thunderous smiting that I’ve gotten at Amon Amarth shows care of Fredrik and for the time being this will put a bump in the bands plans. That said there are tons of talented players out there who can likely become a solid replacement so if you are someone who thinks that they have the chops for the job, I say “get thee to the recording studio and start loading videos onto YouTube”. Hey that worked for Journey and several other notables so why not Amon Amarth. Below please find some photos that were shot of Andersson over the years that I have been reporting on their musical adventures on our side of the pond.
Artist: Amon Amarth Title: “With Oden On Our Side” Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: 10/30/2006 Genre: Death Metal/Viking Metal Rating: 4/5
We last faced the Wrath of the Norsemen as they defended the Fate Of Norns in the name of Metal with hammers and horns raised high above their enemy’s heads. The crushing blows received by both the CD and DVD bearing those names would not cease and together help bring us to the victory charge that is felt on every track of “With Oden On Our Side”. The album is a pummeling effort to say the least and starts off with a charged up track entitled “Valhall Awaits Me” – it’s a song that makes you feel as though you are riding into glorious battle with the band armed with whatever they feel is necessary to ensure their dominance over their foes. Perhaps there are no real musical surprises on this album as some have said, but that does not mean the group has veered far from the course they travel with certain levels of command. This is probably the most “accessible” of the Amon Amarth records released for while a true Death Metal band, they show levels of respect for the earlier founders of Metal from the eighties on the recording. You hear this especially in the riffing done during “Hermod’s Ride To Hel” while songs like “Gods Of War Arise”’ have sections that just instantly make your fist form and rise to the sky above. In typical Amon Amarth fashion the lyrical content is quite the same as they had delivered in the past and every song is loaded with epic battle tales, and this makes for some interesting following along with the lyrics in the booklet they provide. They do take this very seriously as they cite during “Runes To My Memory” which singer Johan Clegg tells the world how he wants his death to be treated. Clegg himself is an imposing individual and definitely is to be taken at his word. Continue reading “With Oden On Our Side” by Amon Amarth→