Deceiver of the Gods is the ninth studio album by Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth. It was released in Sweden and Finland June 19 2013, and in USA June 25 2013. Former Candlemass singer Messiah Marcolin makes a guest appearance on the track "Hel".
The title of the album and its artwork were revealed on April 12, 2013, and the title song was released on the band's homepage a day later, available for streaming or as a free download. A video for the song was released in September 2014.
In Canada, the album debuted at number 9 on the Canadian Albums Chart.
According to Metacritic, the album received "generally favorable reviews based on 7 critics", with an aggregate score of 67 out of 100.Allmusic praised the album for balancing "unyielding blasts of Viking brutality" with "artful melodies" while Exclaim.ca similarly awarded a favorable score for the band's mixture of "soaring melodies" with the "raw precision" of the rhythms. However, Pitchfork criticized the album as formulaic and uninspired while About.com described the album as a "letdown" due to Amon Amarth's "playing it safe" approach. This view was contrary to that expressed in Decibel Magazine, where the album was praised for duelling guitars invoking Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest while the "expertly woven ebb and flow of tempo and style" caused the album to go "from rampaging to brooding to anthemic over a well-conceived trajectory."