Deceiver Of The Gods
Metal Blade)

These stalwarts of melodic death metal just cannot be stopped. Like Norse berserkers, they’ve proven to be a tried and true act for decades now and their newest release Deceiver Of The Gods, is no different. In fact, the album is so good that it might prove to be one of their best albums since the days of The Crusher and Once Sent From The Golden Hall. Those of you who considered Surtur Rising to be too much of an experimental and progressive affair will consider this new album to be a rough-necked beast that pounds with just as much fury as it layers with remarkable harmonies. The drums sound massively thick, the melodies are incredibly refreshing and Johan’s vocals sound at a career best. The title track boasts the same effect as that of “Twilight Of The Thunder God” and is a great way to open the disc, while “As Loke Falls” brings me some of the best folk melodies that I’ve heard from the band in years, melodies that just can’t simply be denied. Yet “Father Of The Wolf” and “Blood Eagle” see the band in a much fiercer construct, showcasing the fact that these guys haven’t quite lost their edge yet. These songs are just as good as anything else they’ve released and display a revitalized sense of brutality. However it was “Under Siege” that really took me to amazement, as it is by far one of the best tracks that I’ve heard from Amon Amarth since their classic era. I see this one becoming a future classic and a staple of set lists for years to come. “Hel” is also worth mentioning as it features former Candlemass vocalist Messiah Marcolin and represents him in top form. This unlikely attempt might seem haphazard, but it actually comes off quite well and does justice to both the musical and lyrical subject matter. The only low note that I have for this album is in its closer “Warriors Of The North” which appeared to do nothing more than bore me, even after three listens. But this is just one rotten egg in a fresh basket and I’m quite sure that the album will receive a great deal of praise from fan and foe alike. It’s certainly one of the best albums in the band’s lengthy catalog, and the bonus disc of covers, statue and sixteen page full color booklet that comes with the deluxe edition of the disc should do even more to sweeten the deal. Go get yours as soon as they’re available! (Eric May)

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  1. Pre-ordered the album as soon as I read this review! I’m really looking forward to hearing it.

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