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CD AMON AMARTH DECEIVER OF THE GODS CD REVIEW

AMON AMARTH

DECEIVER OF THE GODS

2013

 

 

BACK FOR THE ATTACK

 

 

That riff to opening track ‘Deceiver of the Gods’ just stuck with me, it sounded so much like something I knew I’d heard before but couldn’t put my finger on – then it came to me – it was ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ by The Kinks. I have no idea if that’s where it intentionally came from – both are of course very different and both great songs.

 

With a long list of albums behind them it will probably come as no surprise that we are on familiar ground both lyrically and sonically. Amon Amarth won’t be changing that until Valhalla falls, and to be honest why would or should they when they are sounding as good as ever?

 

In truth after a couple of releases that delivered less then we might have hoped for it’s great to see ‘Deceiver…’ back on track. There’s plenty of feel on tracks like ‘Father of the Wolf’; ‘Under Siege’ and the closing salvo ‘Coming of the Tide’ and the astounding final track ‘Warriors of the North’ (definitely one to crank up), there’s also some great guitars and a heavy melodic leaning.

 

Where the album really excels though is on two tracks – the first ‘As Loke Falls’ is built around the guitar and somewhat Maidenesque in that respect. Johan Hegg is in great form throughout and on the other standout – ‘Blood Eagle’ he’s absolutely compelling. To round out of picks – aside from the epic closer try ‘Shape Shifter’.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD AMON AMARTH DECEIVER OF THE GODS CD REVIEW 2013