Since forming in 1992, Swedish melodic death metallers Amon Amarth have been executing their personalized brand of “Viking metal” to the most glorious extent. With each new release, they have shown that they perform better with age. The title track from the forthcoming Deceiver of the Gods is no exception.
Following a similar progressive pattern set forth by the previous two releases, 2008’s Twilight of the Thunder God and 2011’s Surtur Rising, “Deceiver of the Gods” promises an excellent addition to Amon Amarth’s impressive discography. The listener can easily envision this song in a film scene portraying a bloody battle. In hearing the thrashing riffs, one could visualize armored medieval soldiers running at their enemies with swords in hand.
While this song sounds somewhat interchangeable with material on the band’s past two records, there are no complaints here. Amon Amarth’s current musical path is clear-cut and aesthetically pleasing to the metalhead’s ear. That is what counts. It is a great thing when a band and its fans both seem content with the music. With that said, however, the songs themselves are not identical. It is more the style of the instrumentation, including the vocals. Amon Amarth seem to be pretty good at varying the formulas during the songwriting stage.
Deceiver of the Gods will be released on June 25, 2013 [in North America] via Metal Blade Records.