Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods
Metal Blade
Melodic Death Metal
10 songs (47'52'')
Release year: 2013
Amon Amarth, Metal Blade
Reviewed by Jared
Album of the month

Norse mythology is one of the most fascinating subjects I’ve ever had the pleasure of studying. It seems Amon Amarth has never been a stranger to this, as their new album deals with the conflict between Loki and the powerful Thor. The album cover itself depicts an epic battle between the two, and might be my favorite album cover to date from them. But how does this epic imagery portrayed on the album reflect the music on the album? I am happy to say this latest effort from the Viking soldiers , is not only fantastic, but one my favorites the band has released over their 21 year history.

The first track made available to the public, Deceiver of the Gods, was a good indication that this band was going to deliver something special to the table. I found myself repeating the track endlessly because of its relentless quick and massive riffs that were easily appreciated. Johan Hegg’s fierce and deep vocal moment where he shouts “kneel” and “fall” accompanied by the murderous riff, sets the attitude well for album and states that Amon Amarth is back in full Viking metal ferocity. Also a notable mention, Johan returns with his best vocals to date as they are hardened battle cries that will shake the very foundation where you reside.

The second track, As Loke Falls, comes charging in with great viciousness including double bass and a lead guitar lick that is refreshing to the ear but still remaining the great sound Amon Amarth has always been able to convey and stay true to over the years. Amon Amarth’s style of riffing has always been so attractive and diverse. Father of the Wolf brings yet another heavy riff that will cause a thunderous Thor style shock to emit from your speakers. The song Shape Shifter literally rumbles as being the beginning of an epic battle charge, and leaves the impression nicely as the song continues it’s rough and battle driven manner. Under Siege stays heavy in truth, but has a more uplifting solo moment located deep within the song. Not only does Amon Amarth portray Viking metal that depicts war hungry themes, but also themes of triumph and victory.

A violent war famished album this is album is indefinitely, as the song Blood Eagle begins with the gruesome sounds of a man being impaled, but remains unyielding and always ready for a fight. Amon Amarth have also included a special guest for the song Hel, featuring former Candlemass singer Messiah Marcolin, who provides some rather interesting clean vocals to the mix. It actually was quite pleasing to hear how Johan’s growling vocals and Messiah’s clean peculiar sound combined to make quite the unique experience. The small choir accompaniment also coats the song nicely as it was a unique move for a song by the group.

The album ends marvelously with the song Warriors of the North. It is my absolute favorite track on the album as it is a little over eight minutes of great thriving riffs that immediately encouraged me to repeat the track in great numbers. This is Amon Amarth’s lengthiest track to date only slowly creeping by the song Siegreicher Marsch (Victorious March). It is one powerhouse of a track that depicts well what Amon Amarth does best.

This album couldn’t have come at a better time this summer. It’s a record that will serve more than enough time circulating through my CD player, but I’m sure once I’m finished giving it enough spins, I’ll discover something else about it that will keep me wanting more. Grab your sword and shield, or mead of choice, and sit back and prepare feel the rage of the Norse gods.

Killing Songs :
Deceiver of the Gods, Father of the Wolf, Shape Shifter, Blood Eagle, Warriors of the North
Jared quoted 90 / 100
Other albums by Amon Amarth that we have reviewed:
Amon Amarth - Jomsviking reviewed by Andy and quoted 84 / 100
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising reviewed by Kyle and quoted 82 / 100
Amon Amarth - The Avenger reviewed by Thomas and quoted 77 / 100
Amon Amarth - Twilight Of The Thunder God reviewed by Storm and quoted 96 / 100
Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side reviewed by Kayla and quoted 95 / 100
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