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Amon Amarth really are a band incapable of failure. With the release prior to this one, Once Sent From The Golden Hall, they set a new standard in the death/viking metal genre. With The Avenger, they're back to help uphold that standard.
The aggression and brutality that was present and very dominant on Once Sent is still around and still holds lots of the strength it had there. "Bleed For Ancient Gods", the album's opener, is a great example. The drums are pounding in your head the whole time while you're smushed into the ground by the amazing riffing and incredibly deep, very throaty vocals. The brutality continues with the rest of the songs on here, each of them being quite distinct in their own little way. "God, His Son and Holy Whore" is probably the fastest, most aggressive song on here; it thrashes along for four minutes of pure Christian hatred. Even the album's closer, "Legend of a Banished Man" is an epic. The bass, which sounds eerily like sloshing ocean waves, is superb as is everything else. Like I said, Amon Amarth is incapable of failure.
Be sure to get this when you're out picking up Once Sent From The Golden Hall. It's a great addition to any collection, and will have death metal fans crying for more.