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There are Viking-metal bands — and then there is Amon Amarth, a Swedish horde that lives and breaths the culture, attitude and mythology that endlessly inspire their pummeling, majestic death metal. We asked you to pick the band's single greatest song, and you came back with an armory of battle-ready anthems. See your top five selections below.
The title cut off Amon Amarth's 2008 concept album about Thor's slaying of the serpent Jörmungandr, "Twilight of the Thunder God" perfectly captures the apocalyptic vibes and preternatural epicness of a battle on the edge of Ragnarök, a.k.a. the end of the world as we know it. A guest guitar solo from Children of Bodom's Roope Latvala only adds to the song's scope.
Leaning into the more melancholic side of Amon Amarth's horns-raising exploration of Norse culture, "Runes to My Memory" channels the thoughts of a Viking warrior eyeing mortality. "When I am dead/Lay me in a mound," Johan Hegg intones. "Raise a stone for all to see/Runes carved to my memory."