Swedish heavyweights Amon Amarth make a welcome return with their ninth album entitled ‘Deceiver Of The Gods’. The follow up to 2011’s Surtur Rising was recorded at Backstage studios in Derbyshire by one of the best producers in the business, ex Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with greats such as Arch Enemy, Megadeth and Pissing Razors to name only a few. The theme of the album this time around is based on the norse god Loki (Loke). Things get off to an excellent start on opening and title track ‘Deceiver Of The Gods’. The guitars sound huge and there is some magnificent Machine Head style riffing from Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg. ‘Under Siege’ is another sizeable feast of metallic inventiveness with some excellent double bass drumming from the highly talented and often overlooked Fredrik Andersson. His talents shine brightly once more on ‘We Shall Destroy’ which leads off with some pounding thrash soaked drumbeats. Refreshingly, Andersson recorded the drums live with all members present and playing their respective parts with him to allow the music to flow better. The resulting sound overall is less polished than that of Twilight of the Thunder God and Surtur Rising. Hegg as expected sounds fantastic on vocals and his performance on this record is as good as any he has put his name to. The guest vocals of Messiah Marcolin on ‘Hel’ compliment Hegg very well and is another highlight. This is undoubtedly one of the stand-out tracks on the album alongside the epic eight minute plus closer ‘Warriors Of The North’. Being long time fans of Amon Amarth, we personally find this to be up there with Twilight of the Thunder God as the group’s best work to date. If you have yet to discover them, it’s not too late!
Amon Amarth are:
Johan Hegg (Vocals), Ted Lundström (Bass), Johan Söderberg (Guitar), Olavi Mikkonen (Guitar), Fredrik Andersson (Drums)