September 28, 2022

Arch Enemy: Deceivers – Review

Label Line-Up: Century Media

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Release date: August 12

Track list

Handshake with hell,
deceiver, deceiver,
In the eye of the storm,
The Observer,
poison arrow,
Sunset over the Empire,
house of mirrors,
Spreading black wings,
mourning star,
One last time,
Exiled from Earth,

Line up:

Michael Amott – Guitars

Alissa White-Gluz – Vocals

Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass

Daniel Erlandsson – Drums J

Jeff Loomis – Guitars

Welcome to Deceivers and welcome to Arch Enemy’s eleventh album and first since 2017’s Will to Power.

Despite the nightmarish covid restrictions imposed on an international band and having all the members in the same room at the same time, Arch Enemy delivered an excellent album full of trademark riffs, the death metal vocals of Alissa White- Gruz and the quality of musicality that one can expect from such an experienced group.

The opening track Handshake with hell built from a slow start but then begins in trademark style with powerful alternate driving riffs and then the guttural power of Alissa White-Gluz begins. A nice mix of death metal and clean voices adds to the general atmosphere. With more clearer voices, I can hear you cry.

The first single to be released is the second track Misleading, Misleading. Don’t get confused where it’s been from the start as it starts at a fast pace that doesn’t drop.

One of the aspects of this album that I like is the change of pace with In the eye of the storm which is a slower but equally powerful track with very heavy riffs and quality guitar playing. The track begins with a militaristic marching beat that would give Rammstein a run for his money, it also benefits from melodic riffs that contrast with the heavier parts of the song.

Next is The Observer and we’re back to 100% Arch Enemy from the start with strong work from the rhythm section and growling vocals although parts of the chorus sound a bit pirate to me.

Standing out from the track for me is Sunset over the Empire which starts with a strong bass riff, then the vocals start and get stronger. This track has a hypnotic rhythm and heavy fast riffs and changes style and rhythm without ever losing its heaviness.

Overall, this album is excellent. It shows musical progression but doesn’t stray too far from what listeners expect from an Arch Enemy album. This is an album that you have to listen to several times. There is a lot of hidden depth in the songs and the melodic death metal style vocals are very accessible to a new listener.

Rating: 8/10

Review by: Adrian Young

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