Deceiver of the Gods

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Deceiver of the Gods
Studio album by Amon Amarth
Released June 25, 2013
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 47:52
Label Metal Blade
Producer Andy Sneap
Amon Amarth chronology
Surtur Rising
(2011)
Deceiver of the Gods
(2013)

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, and in USA June 25. Former Candlemass singer Messiah Marcolin makes a guest appearance on the track "Hel".[1]

The title of the album and its artwork were revealed on April 12, 2013,[1] and the title song was released on the band's homepage a day later, available for streaming or as a free download.

In Canada, the album debuted at number 9 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Deceiver of the Gods"   4:19
2. "As Loke Falls"   4:38
3. "Father of the Wolf"   4:19
4. "Shape Shifter"   4:02
5. "Under Siege"   6:17
6. "Blood Eagle"   3:15
7. "We Shall Destroy"   4:25
8. "Hel" (featuring Messiah Marcolin of ex-Candlemass) 4:09
9. "Coming of the Tide"   4:16
10. "Warriors of the North"   8:12
Total length:
47:52
"Under the Influence" EP (Limited 2 CD digipak edition)
No. Title Length
1. "Burning Anvil of Steel"   4:27
2. "Satan Rising"   4:20
3. "Snake Eyes"   3:13
4. "Stand Up to Go Down"   3:27
Total length:
15:27

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2.5/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Decibel Magazine 9/10 stars[6]
Exclaim! 8/10[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork 5.6/10[9]
Revolver 4/5 stars[10]

According to Metacritic, the album received "generally favorable reviews based on 7 critics", with an aggregate score of 67 out of 100.[3] Allmusic praised the album for balancing "unyielding blasts of Viking brutality" with "artful melodies"[5] while Exclaim.ca similarly awarded a favorable score for the band's mixture of "soaring melodies" with the "raw precision" of the rhythms.[7] However, Pitchfork criticized the album as formulaic and uninspired[9] while About.com described the album as a "letdown" due to Amon Amarth's "playing it safe" approach.[4] 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."[6]

Personnel[edit]

Amon Amarth[edit]

  • Johan Hegg − lead vocals
  • Olavi Mikkonen − guitars
  • Johan Söderberg − guitar
  • Ted Lundström − bass
  • Fredrik Andersson − drums

Additional[edit]

Production[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[11] 15

Music Videos[edit]

  • Father of the Wolf was released on 01/18/2014 (Short Film)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AMON AMARTH: New Album Title, Cover Artwork Unveiled - Apr. 12, 2013". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/canadian-albums
  3. ^ a b "Deceiver of the Gods Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  4. ^ a b Schalek, Dave. "Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods Review". About.com. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Monger, James. "Deceiver of the Gods Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  6. ^ a b Tepedelen, Adam (August 2013). "Amon Amarth - Deceiver of Gods". Decibel Magazine (106): 90–92. 
  7. ^ a b Wiebe, Laura (2013-06-24). "Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  8. ^ Lawson, Dom (20 June 2013). "Amon Amarth: Deceiver of the Gods – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Currin, Grayson (19 July 2013). "Amon Amarth Deceiver of the Gods". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Camisasca, Paige (11 June 2013). "Review: Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods". Revolver. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hangfelvétel-kiadók Szövetsége". Mahasz.hu. LightMedia.