Artist:  Amon Amarth
   Title: Deceiver Of The Gods
   Label: Metal Blade

Sweden’s Viking metal warriors Amon Amarth mark 2013 with their ninth full studio album ‘Deceiver of the Gods’.  The melodic death metal titans have gained a huge following since their breakthrough ‘Twilight of the Thunder God’ in 2009 and have been riding a wave of success since.  ‘Deceiver of the Gods’ is as consistent as its predecessors in every way offering heavy riffs, catchy choruses and Viking mythology in the lyrics.  

In typical Amarth fashion the opening track ‘Deceiver of the Gods' get things off to a fast and brutal start.  With memorable guitar licks, a pounding rhythm section and huge choruses, this delivers a solid opening for the album.  ‘As Loke Falls’ follows suit hammering through brutally heavy verses as well as boasting neoclassical influences throughout.  I fully credit Amon Amarth for their ability to write immediately catchy riffs and ‘Father of the Wolf’ expresses their creativity better than any other track.  This will no doubt be a classic live song guaranteed to get fists punching the air. 

‘Shape Shifter’ and ‘Under Siege’ have one or two fine moments but they are probably the more forgettable songs on the album.  The short and brutal assault of ‘Blood Eagle’ gets back on track whilst ‘We Shall Destroy’ demonstrates the bands talents for creating huge anthemic choruses.  The slower number ‘Hel’ has a doomy sludge feel with Messiah Marcolin singing guest vocals chorus.

‘Coming of the Tide’ got my attention as it has a quick, heavy verse that drives the song from start to end and closes with a killer guitar solo and harmony section.  The final and longest track ‘Warriors of the North’ delivers more heavy riffs with multiple breakdowns, tempo changes and melancholic vocals that fittingly bring the album to a close.  

To sum up, Amon Amarth has offered another strong album to add to their catalogue. There are no real surprises or on this record but I think fans of Amon will be more than content with this effort from the band.  

Reviewed by Rob Herald


1. Deceiver Of The Gods
2. As Loke Falls
3. Father Of The Wolf
4. Shape Shifter
5. Under Siege
6. Blood Eagle
7. We Shall Destroy
8. Hel
9. Coming Of The Tide
10. Warriors Of The North



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