Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods LP (Black vinyl)
Amon Amarth's 9th studio album is one that sees them diving headlong into their most melodic aspects. At this point in their careers the music has become a touch formulaic, but extremely well honed. Rather than being melodic death metal, Amon Amarth is death metal, which happens to be melodic. Hegg's brutal growls leave no wiggle room in defining this as anything but death metal, along with the deep, crushing guitar tone, and double-bass filled drum beats. But what has always been Amon Amarth's strength and signature, is their poignant melodic guitar melodies that are as heroic as they are sorrowful, and leave the band's overall sound as melodic as it is brutal. What the band has done here is add a flavor of classic heavy metal in the spirit of Judas Priest with tremendous results, and refined the blending of vicious and bittersweet to virtual perfection.