With this band, here in 2013, you know with a high degree of certainty what will lie within. Both thematically and musically, the band have settled on a formula that has made them exceedingly popular. It’s a formula that happens to appeal to me, though I must admit that I would love it if the band broke their own mold every now and then and fired something different in the kiln.
Today brought us a stream — and a free download — of the new album’s title track. It’s a thrashier attack than much of what was to be found on 2011′s Surtur Rising, but no less catchy than what you would expect from this band, and with an appealing dual-guitar melody in the mid-part. As my NCS colleagues have pointed out, it also includes a key change!
Have Amon Amarth broken the mold with this song? Nope — it will not throw the Amon Amarth faithful for a loop, nor will it change the minds of those listeners who aren’t impressed with this brand of Viking-themed melodic death metal. But it’s only one song. We may still hear something we aren’t expecting.
Today, Stereogum has exclusively premiered a second song from the album by the name of “Shape Shifter”. I give up. I abandon all semblance of analytical objectivity. The song drives me into 100% fanboy mode. There is only one word for this, no matter how overused that word is: EPIC.
The music is epic, the lyrics are epic, it’s just fuckin’ epic. It’s another fast-paced rush — for Amon Amarth, they really fly on this song — and the melody is (no surprise) damned catchy. And the chorus! I AM THE EAGLE IN THE SKY! I AM THE WALKER ON THE WIND!
Oh hell, just go listen to it HERE.
Deceiver Of The Gods will be out on June 25 via Metal Blade. Stereogum reports that after its release, the band will embark on a North American tour. Here are the dates:
06/29 San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
06/30 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/02 Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/03 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
07/05 Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
07/06 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
07/07 Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Ampitheatre
07/09 Grand Rapids, MI w/ Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress @ The Intersection
07/10 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/12 Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/13 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
07/14 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
07/17 Bangor, ME @ Bangor Waterfront
07/19 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/20 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/21 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
07/23 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/24 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
07/27 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/28 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/29 Louisville, KY w/ Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, Huntress @ Expo Five
07/30 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
07/31 Tampa, FL @ Live Nation Amphitheatre
08/02 Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Ampitheatre
08/03 The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/04 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/05 Kansas City, MO w/ Rob Zombie, Machine Head & Children Of Bodom @ Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
08/07 Sauget, IL w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress @ Pop’s
08/08 Nashville, TN w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress @ Marathon Music Works
08/09 Cleveland, OH w/ Children of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress @ Peabody’s
08/11 Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL Festival