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Johan Hegg: Vocals
Ted Lundström: Bass
Johan Söderberg: Guitar
Olavi Mikkonen: Guitar
Not many bands can claim that their ninth album has become their most powerful, dynamic and aggressive yet. Amon Amarth, however, have always been able to surpass its predecessor with their new work. In 1998 the band exploded with their debut Once Sent From The Golden Hall in the melodic death metal scene in Sweden and since then each of their works has been overflowing with power, melodies and exciting stories from Norse mythology. Deceiver Of The Gods presents the fiver at the peak of its ability. "Every time we start working on new music we begin with the idea that we're going to write the best album ever," explains singer Johan Hegg. “We knew we wanted a more aggressive, live feeling to this record but there’s no formula behind what we do. We just try to write something that takes us a step further than the last record, and is something that will excite us and our fans. Deceiver Of The Gods is the result. "
From the moment the opening title track starts with its brutal Thrash aggression to the plaintive passages of the epic final track “Warriors Of The North”, not a second is wasted with musical emptiness. The band bombards the listener with ten songs full of compelling and electrifying metal madness. Regardless of whether the listener's face is torn off with the violent attack called “Blood Eagle” or the vortices are blown up or whether the listener is swept away by the gripping groove of “We Shall Destroy” and “Father Of The Wolf”, Amon Amarth always fires out all tubes without neglecting their captivating melody work. As you can see from the already mentioned Thrash elements or the old-school Metal and Doom accents in “Hel”, this time the musicians didn't shy away from processing all of their influences. Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen confirms this: “We decided fairly early that we should go all-in on the songwriting for this album. If we had ideas or riffs that were perhaps a little too thrash oriented or traditional-metal sounding for Amon - or that were maybe too Amon or perhaps similar to what we had done in the past - we would still keep them as long as we really liked them. A few years back we would pass on those ideas and riffs, while now we feel it was right to just go with it. I think the result is that the songs are wider, they have stronger melodies, they are better composed with lots of dynamics in them, and there are no fillers or blanks on there. Everything is as good as it can possibly be, and reflects just how driven we were to make this a great record. "
When it came to writing the lyrics, this time Hegg was inspired by every single song and did not impose any previously thought-out concept on them. Even if there is no overarching theme for this album, the character of Loki, the Norse god, whom most consider a dark and evil figure, plays a major role. He was also the godfather for the record title Deceiver Of The Gods. For Hegg, the fact that Loki's character cannot just be portrayed in black and white, although almost everyone believes it, makes the special attraction: “I think what's intriguing about him is that he's probably the most human of all the gods in northern mythology. A lot of people see him as an evil character, but he's not the equivalent of Satan. He also does a lot of good things, and particularly with his talent for diplomacy he manages to get the gods out of trouble a lot of times. The only problem is that he's usually the one that gets them into trouble in the first place! I just think he is really engaging in that he possesses a lot of human traits in the sense that we can do good and bad. We can be fantastic people and great people and huge people, and we can be very, very small people. We can be small minded and egocentric and devious and all of those negative things, and I like how he reflects that. "
For Deceiver Of The Gods, Amon Amarth was able to secure the services of producer legend Andy Sneap, who has worked with Cathedral, Arch Enemy and Cradle Of Filth, among others. Hegg explains: “We wanted more of a live feeling to the recording and we felt that Andy’s style of producing could definitely help us with that. At the same time, knowing the records he worked on previously we felt he could probably help develop our sound so it became a little bit more angry and dangerous, without that polished sheen of our recent records. " Mikkonen even ascribes a decisive role to Sneap for the increased level of aggression on the disc: “It's rougher, and like a punch in the face, which is what we wanted it to be. Though adding more thrash elements into a few of the songs helps the whole album sound more hostile, it’s ultimately the production that makes them sound more aggressive. On the last few records it didn't matter how aggressive the riffs we wrote were, whenever we went into the studio at the end they just didn't sound as intense. " While recording in Sneap's English studio, the band preferred, whenever possible, to record long takes and not to clinically piece everything together. In this way, as much life as possible should be breathed into the new material. “Fredrik (Andersson) recorded all the drums live, with the guys playing guitars and bass along with him to get the groove of it, and that makes for the energy that you don't get when everyone records separately, and I think that really comes across, ”recalls Hegg. "I think that was a very good way to record for us, it gave everyone a better feel of each song, and it was a good time being in the studio and laying it all down."
After the guests of Entombed, Children of Bodom and Apocalyptica and Witchcrafts Simon Solomon on Surtur Rising (2010) on Twilight Of The Thunder God (2008), Amon Amarth was able to take advantage of the services of the former Candlemass on Deceiver Of The Gods -Singer Messiah Marcolin, who ennobled the song 'Hel' with his inimitable voice. "The idea of doing something with him came up quite a long time ago, and we were waiting for the song that it would best work on," says Hegg. “When we started getting the basics down for‘ Hel ’, we felt it would be a perfect song for him to contribute to. The way it came together was very natural. We sent him a rough version with my vocals and he worked his own on top of that and around the music. I think our contrasting styles work together brilliantly, and it's really exciting for us to have that on the record. "
Amon Amarth has been around for 21 years. Their debut is a proud 15 years old. This persistence and her ability to keep killer album after killer album has raised her to the same level as bands like Slayer and Cannibal Corpse. This honor is not given to many. In addition to their long-established fans, more and more young kids are visiting their shows, which is why the band is having more fun than ever before. Hegg wouldn't want it any other way: “It feels fantastic that we've been able to do this for so long and managed to get this far, and it's been a hell of a ride. I don’t think we’ve yet reached the limit of how far the band can go, and we still have plenty of aspirations - and opening for Iron Maiden one day remains high on the list! I'm just happy as long as we can continue doing this. I try not to lose myself in dreams of what might be and rather focus on where we’re at and what we’re doing right now, and having as much fun along the way as we can. "
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