Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the GodsAmon Amarth

Deceiver of the Gods

01. Deceiver of the Gods
02. As Loke Falls
03. Father of the Wolf
04. Shape Shifter
05. Under Siege
06. Blood Eagle
07. We Shall Destroy
08. Hel
09. Coming of the Tide
10. Warriors of the North

[Metal Blade Records]

Fans of Amon Amarth already know what to expect from their newest effort, Deceiver of the Gods. That expectation is both met and exceeded by Deceiver of the Gods, drawing on more on the sound of albums like Fate of Norns and With Oden on Our Side, rather than previous release, Surtur Rising. More mature, refined, and even more brutal at times, this album will please even the most old school Amon Amarth fan.

Deceiver of the Gods has some of Amon Amarth’s most memorable riffs to date, such as the intro of ‘Under Siege’, and the main riffs in ‘Blood Eagle’. In some ways this could also be considered their most technical album, guitar wise. Compositionally, it shines compared to their previous albums. Working with a legend like Andy Sneap can most definitely have that effect on a band. The mix on this album is absolutely stellar, as anyone could expect from Sneap. The guitars sound absolutely smooth throughout, the bass is present and at times takes the helm, and if there’s one thing Sneap knows how to mix better than anyone, it’s drums. The drums on this album are perfect.

The vocals and lyrics on Deceiver of the Gods are, again, exactly what you’d expect. Vocalist Johan Hegg sounds better than ever, still having one of the most distinct and “metal” voices out there. The lyrical content is, once again, the topic of Norse mythology, this time chronicling a battle between brothers Thor and Loki. Norse mythology and viking history, quite obviously, make for great stories and metal lyrics considering their brutal nature.

Even though this album could be considered by some as their best work yet, or their best in years, it suffers from the same fate as their previous releases: it plays it far too safe. Though some would be put off by a more experimental Amon Amarth, the feeling can’t be shaken that they have the potential to do more with their sound than they have over twenty plus years of being a band. Taking a more progressive approach to songwriting, adding in clean vocals, anything to give the sound a different texture to keep them from sinking into redundancy.

All in all, Amon Amarth are easily the most consistent band in metal. They’ve gotten better with every release, refined their sound to the point of being one of a kind, and still have one of the most interesting gimmicks in metal. Their sound could  use a new coat of paint after Deceiver of the Gods to prevent inevitable staleness, but that won’t keep their faithful fans from enjoying the wrath of the Norsemen.

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