Amon Amarth Stream 'Deceiver of the Gods' in Its Entirety Exclusively on UG

The long-anticipated release of Sweden metal act's newest effort is now less than a week away. Stream it here, exclusively on UG!

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Bursting at the seams with authority, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology, Amon Amarth have consistently upped their game with each release in their storied discography and their ninth offering is no exception.

"Deceiver of the Gods" captures the quintet at the peak of their powers. Said Decibel Magazine in a 9/10 rating of the record: "'Deceiver of the Gods' goes from rampaging to brooding to anthemic over a well-conceived trajectory... This is an album that begs to be consumed in its entirety at every listen, just to get the full experience."

Hear for yourself, for a limited time, courtesy of Ultimate-Guitar, below.

"Deceiver of the Gods" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage) and bears another brilliant Tom Thiel-crafted cover depicting a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor.

With 2013 marking Amon Amarth's twenty-first year, as well as the fifteenth anniversary of their debut full-length, their longevity and reputation for releasing killer album after killer album places them on a similar trajectory to the likes of Slayer and Cannibal Corpse, which is rarified company to be in.

Likewise, having seen many younger faces flocking to their shows alongside their longtime faithful, the band are enjoying themselves now as much as they ever have, and vocalist Johan Hegg wouldn't have it any other way.

"It feels fantastic that we've been able to do this for so long and managed to get this far, and it's been a hell of a ride. I don't think we've yet reached the limit of how far the band can go, and we still have plenty of aspirations - and opening for Iron Maiden one day remains high on the list! I'm just happy as long as we can continue doing this. I try not to lose myself in dreams of what might be and rather focus on where we're at and what we're doing right now, and having as much fun along the way as we can."

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    The consistency of this band is remarkable. As a long time listener of AA, i can say for sure that this release lives up to what any fan can expect. The sound is more modern-ish but it has lost nothing of the technicality AA has shown with previous releases. Those riffs are so fcuking awesome! This is Amon Amarth at its best motherphuckers!
    I've never really listened to these until now... I like what I hear!
    Start with "With Oden On Our Side," go to "Versus the World," then end with "Fate of Norns" and you'll be in love for the rest of your life.
    This album is better than the new Sabbath and Megadeth combined, even if its not as good as Twilight of the Thunder God! More importantly though, if you scroll up to "More News" and look at the dates I think maybe Amon Amarth deserver a bit more coverage here.
    Good, but it's no twilight of the thunder god.
    And thanks to Odin it isn't. Twilight of the Thunder God is one album and Deceiver of the Gods is another one. They shouldn't try to play what they did on the past. It's about going forward and improving your sound. Yes, it was an epic album, but I think they should move on, not copy what they've already done.
    Much prefer the Jens Bogren production on their albums, Sneap made this sound like a thrash album. Written material sounds really good though, aside Shapeshifter.
    yea, it's missing that deep, almost hollow-sounding heaviness. this style just sounds like a bunch of other bands.
    I'm the other way - much prefer the guitar sound on this, always thought the guitars on their older stuff sounded weird (even if it was a unique/defining feature) and I think the drums sound a bit less quantized and dry here. Each to their own though!
    Yeah, the guitars in their old material had that akward "drowned" sound, and the melodies were just a step to be buried in the background. I like the new production they're using
    I am ashamed to admit that I have never really listened to Amon, simply because I lumped them in with being another "viking" metal group of which I am not a fan. However I am happy to admit this album has destroyed what shallow misconceptions I had, and I shall be catching up on what I missed.
    Good for you! Twilight of the Thunder God is classed as being a true epic. But I honestly don't think there is a bad album.
    dude! ALL, and I mean every single album, of Amon Amarth is awesome, and in many cases (IMO) better than this album.
    Lol Natures
    It's definitely better than the last album. The only thing that bothers me is the very first riff on the song Under Siege. It feels like there should be two bars of galloping instead of just one before the... non-galloping part of the riff. Eh, I sound like a prick. The album is great. Keep being awesome, Amon Amarth.
    legend shredder
    The start of Blood Eagle. So brutal. Rest of the song too. Rest of the album. This band never disappoints.
    So this is what metal sounds like when a band retains its integrity. FUCK YEAH! American metal has much to learn from their European Masters.
    These guys keep getting better! I am definitely glad that I pre-ordered the CD and the vinyl... \m/
    Is it just me or does Thor's hair look way lighter than it did on the cover of Twilight of the Thunder God?
    It isnt Thor but Odin there.
    That clearly is Thor. He's depicted exactly as in mythology: he's wielding the hammer Mjlnir, out of which lightning bolts are coming, and he's riding his chariot pulled by the goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjstr.
    This is bad ass. The different production style really helps bring their sound a bit more fresh feel.
    I had heard of these guys before, but never listened to any of their songs. I listened to them for the first time yesterday. I now own 3 of their albums. Four, when this officially releases. Enough said.
    Turned into a man, got a beard, invested in a long boat and become a thunder God listening to this album.
    Man these guys r so talented but after I was 16 I just couldn't get over the stupid corny lyrics. I know that's their thing but it would b great if they sang about other things besides mythology. Musically and vocally they are fantastic but I just can't take it serious or bring them up to my friends without being laughed at.
    corny lyrics? I have found most of their lyrics to be pretty awesome, but then again I love Norse mythology. If your friends laugh at you for listening to Amon Amarth the solution is pretty ****ing simple dude - get new friends!
    Wait... Since when did we start having to believe in/take mythology seriously to enjoy music? You'll watch the 13th Warrior, 300 etc. for the entertainment value... But you can't carry that mindset over to music? Alright... To each their own, I guess. I still think not enjoying a band because your friends'll laugh at you is kinda corny in itself, though...
    OH MY GOD how did I not know this album was happening? I've been out of it man... The thing I don't get about is Amon Amarth is that they don't ever really change or evolve much, but never stop being awesome. In fact they keep getting better. I won't dare to hope this is better than Surtur Rising, that album killed it, but it sounds good so far.
    Number 5, the best of the best from this album (under siege).
    I like how they changed up their sound and approach just enough to make it Amon, but also different from what they have been doing the past few albums (not that I disliked those in anyway). Shapeshifter did stick out as a "not as goo song" but it is still good. I just don't like the way that the end part just takes the chorus riff, but higher on the scale. it reminds me of a regular rock progression. In any case, another solid album by Amon Amarth!