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Review: Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods

Review: Amon Amarth - Deceiver of the Gods

No one delivers big, punch-in-the-face motifs better than Amon Amarth, and the Swedish melodic-death-metal titans have excelled themselves on their ninth studio album. Produced by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Accept), Deceiver of the Gods is at turns martial (“Father of the Wolf”), elegiac (“Under Siege”), blatantly neo-classical (“As Loke Falls”), and firmly committed to traditional Priest- and Maiden-style riffage (“Warrior of the North”). Not only does Johan Hegg deliver his fiercest growls ever, but he also duets mesmerizingly with operatic ex-Candlemass frontman Messiah Marcolin on “Hel.” It’s more of the same Viking-themed madness, but Thor knows we love it. LUCAS AYKROYD

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