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."