Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 1, 2013
    40
    Ultimately, it's about the extra-chunky riffs and Johan Hegg's inhuman gargle.
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    56
    On Deceiver of the Gods, they are satisfied with plugging 10 new anecdotes into 10 songs they’ve made before and, unfortunately, will most likely make again.
  3. Jul 15, 2013
    60
    Deceiver Of the Gods is bold, manly metal with a beard, a beer belly and a big old cry to it. [22 Jun 2013, p.51]
  4. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    When former Candlemass vocalist Messiah Marcolin pops up on the impossibly bombastic Hel, his unmistakable bellow adds another layer of portentous punch to what is plainly the finest album of this band's career.
  5. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    Deceiver of the Gods gives us everything we expect from the band, along with a little old-fashioned metal revitalization.
  6. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    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.
  7. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    Deceiver of the Gods suggests that Amon Amarth may just now be hitting their stride, as it's an undeniably well-honed set, yet the band manage to flex their muscles well outside of the Draconian stylistic confines of the genre by remaining, like a true Viking horde, prickly, primal, and unstable.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 1, 2013
    8
    Amon Amarth crafted their own visceral take on melodic death metal that was less anchored in the melody of Gothenburg—more maritime in theAmon Amarth crafted their own visceral take on melodic death metal that was less anchored in the melody of Gothenburg—more maritime in the savagery of longship raids. Fifteen years since their debut LP, frontman Johan Hegg is the modern-day Viking next door—growling tales of Nordic mythos from one (subsequently more successful) release to the next. Deceiver of the Gods is resilient as the exact, harmonic blaze of battle born riffing and barbarous shouting that fans have come to love. “Coming of the Tide” and the title track both jackhammer a pincer of melodeath and thrash; “Father of the Wolf” unleashes Hegg’s most barbaric roars to date: double-tracked in a godlike echo for thunderous effect. Sonically diverging (at most) in the slow and sinister grind of “Hel,” Amon Amarth aren’t reinventing the death metal wheel—but giving it a new inflection that’s faithful to their legacy. @MattCrane hellhoundmusic.com Full Review »