Amon Amarth
Deceiver of the Gods


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Viessman USER (44 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2013 | 38 replies | 4,416 views


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is Amon Amarth....really what else can be said about these guys?

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

There are a few things in life that are a constant: eating, sleeping, and Amon Amarth. For fifteen years and nine studio albums, these guys crush, pulverize, and destroyed their way to being one of metal’s most consistent bands. Changing styles subtly through the years, the Swedes have stayed true to their path. Nevertheless, the ninth studio album Deceiver of the Gods is another three-quarter of an hour rampage over the Bifrost through Asgaard and Jotunheim to set out destruction. Continuing with a conceptual theme telling of important Norse mythological figures that has been present for the past three albums (Odin, Thor, and Surtr), Amon Amarth tackles the half-god, half-giant that is Loki. Lyrics aside, Amon Amarth has created an album, while similar to every other thing they have done, that combines all of the subtle changes over the band’s career to create another enjoyable record.

Amon Amarth has had a knack for creating strong opening tracks and the self-titled song off of here is no exception. From the outset Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg trade off the melodic and vicious guitar harmonies that have become the band’s staple. Fredrik Andersson’s slick, yet complex, brutalization of the drums and Johan Hegg’s shrieks as a ticked off Loki is nothing new. There is no innovation and no reason why a usually generic song should exist in 2013; but this is a band that knows almost no innovation and hardly tries new ideas, yet is able to make enjoyable song after enjoyable song. To analogize, think of Amon Amarth like former NBA greats John Stockton and Karl Malone. They ran the same play together for 18 years. Everyone knew it was coming, but fans ate it up and stuck with them through thick and thin.

Shape Shifter and Coming of the Tide are the same way as Deceiver: fast guitars/drums and Hegg’s brilliant vocals. But these generic song structures are way too fun and catchy for complaints and end up being the best ones on the entire album. Add absolutely brilliant warrior lyrics like “The Universe Shall Bleed and Burn!!” and “Waiting for my men to die…they sense the coming of the tide” to combine with the ruthless music puts you in some Middle Age battle fighting for Loki or Thor hoping to reach Valhalla one day.

There are songs on here that harkens to the band’s early raw sound that was present on albums such as The Avenger and Verse the World as well as combines the total elements of the band. Blood Eagle (which starts with some poor guy getting his ribs broken from the back and having his lungs protrude from his body) is the perfect example of raw Amon Amarth. Warriors of the North is an eight minute epic that plods along much like the longer songs off of the older albums, but creates the modern sound that has existed since With Oden on our Side. Hel, the most unique (and coincidently my least favorite) song on the album, sees an appearance from former Candlemass vocalist Messiah Marcolin. Continuing the trend set with Doom Over Dead Man on the previous album, Hel is a weird combination of doom and melodeath with some awkwardly placed keyboards. It does not work that well.

Nonetheless, Deceiver of the Gods is another solid album from Amon Amarth. There are minimal differences between this album and the previous three, but this album is able to combine every stylistic change (no matter how minimal) that the band has given us throughout the years. Harmonizing guitars, fast drums, and Hegg’s amazing screams continue to shine. Pillaging, slaughtering, and seeking vengeance are once again lyrical themes. It may be the same, but Loki would be proud.



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Poet
June 22nd 2013



5923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Streaming here

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FearThyEvil
June 22nd 2013



12497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

so good

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2013



14090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Great album but I'd prefer to just jam their better ones.

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SlMBOLlC
June 22nd 2013



5018 Comments


The sun rises, tides fall, babies cry, Amin Amarth chugs along

UnitK2K
June 22nd 2013



106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Listening to Under Siege off of this album, and let's be honest, the riffs are melodic, the vocals are strong and sound like Johan doing his best. Drumming is fair.
But... With Oden on our Side is better (the album and song)

BallsToTheWall
June 22nd 2013



44197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You forgot lifting, otherwise stellar review,

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Wizard
June 22nd 2013



19343 Comments


Nice, nice Greg. This should be a fun listen.

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Poet
June 22nd 2013



5923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was trying to see how many synonyms for crush I could put in one review. Was running out of words

Motiv3
June 22nd 2013



8923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gonna have some amon amarth fun listening to their last 4 albums, including this one.

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Hawks
June 22nd 2013



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ugh I need to hear this.

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KILL
June 22nd 2013



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

poet!

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Shogun
June 22nd 2013



414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Looking forward to hearing this

Shuyin
June 22nd 2013



11471 Comments


great review

dont care if it sounds similar to the last albums, gonna check anyway, its amon amarth

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FearThyEvil
June 22nd 2013



12497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Mostly every Amon Amarth album is similar to the last but they all are good.

Poet
June 22nd 2013



5923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

poet!


Yeah...I know. It's been three years since I have done two reviews in the same month.

mifzal
June 23rd 2013



801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nine solid albums in a row

Sniff
June 23rd 2013



1121 Comments


^ no

Vakarian12
June 23rd 2013



3758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^Yes

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Motiv3
June 23rd 2013



8923 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is amon amarth. Super fun and pretty much rules.

psyclonus
June 23rd 2013



127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can't get into this, it just bores me. it's too 'safe' and mainstream for my tastes but that's just me!



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