With Oden on our Side is Amon Amarth's 6th full length studio offering...and what a fitting offering to the one-eyed all father it is!
the great thing about this album is that it take elements from every other Amon Amarth album. The anger and savagery of Once Sent From the Golden Hall, The Avenger and The Crusher combines with the melodic aggression of Versus the World and Fate of Norns to create a stunning collection of brain pounding, village butchering viking death metal.
Songs such as Cry of the Blackbirds could just as easily have been on Fate of Norns whilst songs such as Asator could be right at home on The Avenger or The Crusher.
Not only is it an amalgamation of all that Amon Amarth gave done, however, it also pushes them to new levels in such a way that has not been seen since their magnum opus; Versus the World.
Although I think that Versus the World will, for me, be Amon Amarth's all-time greatest album, I do think that With Oden On Our Side is right up there alongside Once Sent From the Golden Hall (IMO, their 2nd best).
Amon Amarth have found their way again, after the minor detour of the good-but-not-great Fate of Norns, they have mixed awesome power and brutality with melody and awesome songwriting in a way that they have only previously done on the Versus the World album.
An astonishing, stupendous and downright brilliant album that should be embraced by Amon Amarth fans new and old. Oden would be proud and, as it says on the poster "if you're not into Amon Amarth, you're not into metal". Damn right.