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Amon Amarth | Deceiver of the Gods | review | metal | Lollipop

Amon Amarth

Deceiver of the Gods (Metal Blade Records)
release date: 6/25/2013
by Scott Hefflon

Amon Amarth are the AC/DC of Viking death metal. They found and perfected a style, and they rarely deviate from it. They've got nine or so albums to their credit, we've reviewed every one, I believe, and they're all solid. "Father of the Wolf" is a fine example of the meat'n'potatoes metal the band offers (growling vocals, chugging riffs, a harmonized melodic solo and a bit of soloing dancing above the darkened riff from mid-point to close), all pretty predictable and reliably good. With Deceiver of the Gods, like most Amon Amarth albums, there are treasures within, a Rammstein-sounding second vocal here, a jaw-dropping solo there, some blastbeats to break up all the mid-tempo "metal dood strutting through the mall" vibe and Maiden gallops galore. Always worth a listen, usually worth a purchase, Amon Amarth don't break into new and exciting realms of metal, but they have yet to disappoint.
(www.metalblade.com)

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