Tuesday, June 4, 2013
the new Amon Amarth: "Deceiver of the Gods"
Amon Amarth: "Deceiver of the Gods" Get ready, June 25th is the day! Ten songs, and about 48 minutes of Amon Amarth music. I’m happy to report that all is great in the Amon Amarth camp. This model of consistency, reliability and quality will once again satisfy the metalheads. Overall, the galloping riffs and the melodic hooks/solos illustrate why this band has never disappointed me. From the looks of it, those into them will also be pleased. The vocals are gruff, as always, but easy to growl along to. The drums sound perhaps a bit more speedy, with excellent segments of double-bass where it’s needed. Most importantly, you can bang your head like nobody’s business. The band has mastered the art of headbanging, memorable melodic/growl metal. Put it on your “to get” list because it has everything that Amon Amarth listeners have gotten used to over the years: quality songwriting, catchy melodies, uptempo/galloping riffs, and a great sense of how to get you moving. Let’s put things in perspective, shall we? Nine albums, since the 1998 debut. 1.Since Amon Amarth was officially formed in 1992 until now in 2013, there are only 3 ex-members (according to Metal Archives). 2. Ted (bass), Olavi (guitars), and Johan H. (vocals) are from 1992 until now, and Fredrik (drums) and Johan S. (guitars) joined in 1998. This is the lineup from 1998 until the present. Throughout nine albums the band has gradually changed from a death metal band to uptempo and memorable growl metal, while adding some heavy metal catchiness. Formed in 1992, it’s like Amon Amarth has studied the history of legendary metal bands, has avoided those huge missteps that alienate their listeners, while getting bigger each time. Never taking much more than 2 years to make an album since 1998, here’s one way to look at it. Think about your favorite bands, and think about the missteps they have taken: --the “alternative rock” albums --the dreaded “concept” albums --the rap/rap rock/nu “metal” trend jumping --the switching from metal to U.S.-style screamo/emo/breakdown/chugga growl-sing --the “back to the roots” failures --the lame “reunion” albums --the techno/dance fails, the “grunge” periods --the vocalist leaving --the guitarists leaving --the unpredictable/frustrating style changes from album to album --the boring “acoustic” albums --the terrible “two versions of the same band” --the revolving door of musicians --the long hiatuses --the fighting about money --the constant cancelling of shows and so many other problems. Do you know how much of that garbage Amon Amarth has dished out to their fans? Zero?!!!!!! Can it really be zero of that drama and nonsense?!! Sure looks that way, doesn’t it? Can you believe it? www.amonamarth.com That’s Amon Amarth.