In the spring of 2008, Amon Amarth returned to producer Jens Bogren's studio in Rebro to record the mighty Twilight of the Thunder God. "Jens gave us new ideas and perspectives about song writing and sound," explains vocalist Johan Hegg. Amon Amarth's songs became more varied than ever as a result here, incorporating the roots of death metal as well as showing an openness towards different styles.
Up to that time, the Norse themes had provided the only connection with the traditional scene of their hometown. This time Johan sings a duet with L.G. Petrov, the only true Entombed singer, on the mid-tempo scorcher "Guardians Of Asgaard." The title track and "Where Is Your God?", the former an up-tempo hymn, the latter probably the most brutal Amon Amarth track of all time, seem like the best letter of recommendation the band could have needed for the Unholy Alliance tour, which took Hegg and Co. through Europe alongside Slayer, Trivium and Mastodon.
"The Hero," on the other hand, continues to draw from the band's melodic potential. The well-dosed appearance of Apocalyptica's string prowess in "Live for the Kill" shouldn't put anyone off, since Amon Amarth always retains their predominance, keeping the song together. The band's credo? "We have developed our sound without changing too much. We don't want to upset our fans." The only track that is epic in length as it is in content, "Embrace of the Endless Ocean," completes the Twilight of the Thunder God in perfect fashion.