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Amon Amarth [Jan. 17th, 2008|11:01 pm]
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Last.fm served me up Amon Amarth, and I approved. Now, those who are fond of men who sound like the cookie monster roaring about Vikings (symbelgal) will probably already know about them, and those who aren't fond of such things are unlikely to change their minds.

I am however putting a video here because the synchronised windmill headbanging at the start should appeal to everyone.

It might also appeal to those who are fond of Viking burial practices (jholloway?) and who are puzzled by the relative scarcity of songs on this topic. But it probably won't appeal to those who are fond of long-haired prettyboys (fiona_kitty?) as the singer appears to have eaten all the pies. Pies made of Christians. Mmmmm, Christians.

P.S. It's not as good as Erasure, obviously.

From: symbelgal
2008-01-17 11:20 pm (UTC)
Needless to say, steamboatsnorri is a big fan of them.
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From: stonedsamurai
2008-01-17 11:30 pm (UTC)
I will admit to having seen them live a few times myself. I also approved.
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[User Picture]From: jholloway
2008-01-18 10:42 am (UTC)
I like how the Vikings have that map and are moving counters around on it; I'd like to see someone use a medieval map to navigate. "OK, we'll just go around this perfectly circular island here, then it's only a quick shot up to the earthly Jerusalem."

Modern reconstructions have shown that the Vikings had no concept of vocal melody and could only use the simplest rhyme schemes, so points for historical accuracy.
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[User Picture]From: mysterycult
2008-01-18 11:15 am (UTC)
I liked the way they were sat around that table trying to look like they were planning a military campaign, but ended up looking as if they were planning a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Just the other day I was reading a book by ex-Python Terry Jones (I'm such a serious scholar) which remarked in passing how things like the Hereford cathedral mappa mundi were intended more for ornament than navigation, so I suppose I should have spotted that one.

I assume that the synchronised headbanging is an authentic Viking practice.
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[User Picture]From: jholloway
2008-01-18 02:39 pm (UTC)
They're not planning a military campaign, but a daring voyage into the unknown (ie Ukraine). But yeah, they do look like it's D&D time, don't they? Bless their little hearts.

bottled_cat actually wrote a paper on the use of early medieval Scandinavian imagery in heavy metal. In fact, I think I have the book.
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[User Picture]From: matttt
2008-01-18 01:54 pm (UTC)
The singer looks like a hairier version of James Hetfield, circa 1991! :-D
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