Label: Metal Blade
Amon Amarth crafted their own visceral take on melodic death metal that was less anchored in the melody of Gothenburg—more maritime in the savagery of longship raids. Fifteen years since their debut LP, frontman Johan Hegg is the modern-day Viking next door—growling tales of Nordic mythos from one (subsequently more successful) release to the next. Deceiver of the Gods is resilient as the exact, harmonic blaze of battle born riffing and barbarous shouting that fans have come to love. “Coming of the Tide” and the title track both jackhammer a pincer of melodeath and thrash; “Father of the Wolf” unleashes Hegg’s most barbaric roars to date: double-tracked in a godlike echo for thunderous effect. Sonically diverging (at most) in the slow and sinister grind of “Hel,” Amon Amarth aren’t reinventing the death metal wheel—but giving it a new inflection that’s faithful to their legacy. @MattCrane
Deceiver of the Gods is available for pre-order today.
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