I stood in front of the mirror and slowly removed my shirt. After just listening to the new Amon Amarth album, Deceiver of the Gods, I was sure I would find my body black and blue, covered with bruises. This album is not only an aural assault, it is literally a sonic juggernaut that pummels you with its wall of intensity. In other words, it’s a motherfucker of an album.
These Swedes have proven time and time again that there is no one in the Viking metal business better than they are. On this their ninth record, they have once again delivered the goods. The entire album comes at you like Thor descending from Valhalla, hammer swinging and ready to lay waste to everything that comes in contact with it. If Game of Thrones had metal bands, Amon Amarth would be blaring from the ships of the Ironborn as they assaulted and pillaged the towns and villages of the kingdom.
Johan Hegg has a voice that hits you like a concrete slab and vibrates your balls like a couple of hummingbirds drinking espresso. Backed by the guitars of Johan Söderberg and Olavi Mikkonen, who shred notes like a chainsaw through wood, and the bass and drum combo of Ted Lundström and Frederik Andersson, these five musical Visigoths are here for your women and take no prisoners.
From the title track to “Father of the Wolf” to “As Loke Falls,” the intensity never stops. If there was ever an album destined to break a band into the big time, this is it. Deceiver of the Gods is so heavy at times, t makes Metallica sound like New Kids On The Block.
Deceiver of the Gods is out now on Metal Blade Records.
Rating: 5/5 Stars