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Deceivers

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With five tracks from this album already released as singles, the long-awaited Deceivers by Arch Enemy has finally seen the light of day, five years after the Swedish band’s last ‘full length’ album. Of course, the element of surprise has been somewhat lost as they had already offered the world a taste of what was to come. Nevertheless, it is always better to judge a record as a whole. This logic works in Arch Enemy’s favour: the album succeeds in being quite varied while retaining a coherent thread over its duration. Over the years, Michael Amott (the band’s guitarist and main writer) has learned to transform each of his riffs into an instantly memorable ritornello. However, whilst this easily accessible music might have given the band an outrageously stereotypical sound (some might even dare to say “commercial”), it is counterbalanced by the assertive and aggressive vocals of Alissa White-Gluz. For only her third appearance with the band, she definitely gives the previous vocalists (Angela Gossow and Johan Liiva) a run for their money, forging a space for herself within the quintet. The band have an unmatched capacity for using their time efficiently, with the exception of the dispensable and short instrumental, ‘Mourning Star’. Deceivers has all the right ingredients to become a landmark of the band’s career, joining the ranks alongside Burning Bridges (1999) and Wages Of Sin (2001), both of which boast so many strong tracks. ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ and ‘The Watcher’ are simply irresistible; fast and injected with a good dose of thrash metal. The same goes for the heavy ‘Poisoned Arrow' and ‘Spreading Black Wings’—watching these live is surely a recipe for breaking your neck. Some albums make an impact from the very first listen, and Deceivers is definitely one of them, cementing Arch Enemy as the European leader of melodic death metal. A real success. © Charlélie Arnaud/Qobuz

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1
Handshake with Hell
00:05:38

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alissa White-Gluz, Composer, Lyricist - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

2
Deceiver, Deceiver
00:03:51

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

3
In the Eye of the Storm
00:04:09

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

4
The Watcher
00:04:58

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alissa White-Gluz, Composer, Lyricist - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

5
Poisoned Arrow
00:03:51

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Christopher Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

6
Sunset over the Empire
00:04:03

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

7
House of Mirrors
00:03:40

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Christopher Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alissa White-Gluz, Composer, Lyricist - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

8
Spreading Black Wings
00:04:46

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

9
Mourning Star
00:01:36

Michael Amott, Composer - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

10
One Last Time
00:03:49

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

11
Exiled from Earth
00:04:44

Michael Amott, Composer, Lyricist - Daniel Erlandsson , Composer, Lyricist, Engineer - Arch Enemy, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Alissa White-Gluz, Composer, Lyricist - Jacob Hansen, Producer, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2022 Savage Messiah Music. Licensed exclusively in the territory to Century Media Records Ltd.

Album Description

With five tracks from this album already released as singles, the long-awaited Deceivers by Arch Enemy has finally seen the light of day, five years after the Swedish band’s last ‘full length’ album. Of course, the element of surprise has been somewhat lost as they had already offered the world a taste of what was to come. Nevertheless, it is always better to judge a record as a whole. This logic works in Arch Enemy’s favour: the album succeeds in being quite varied while retaining a coherent thread over its duration. Over the years, Michael Amott (the band’s guitarist and main writer) has learned to transform each of his riffs into an instantly memorable ritornello. However, whilst this easily accessible music might have given the band an outrageously stereotypical sound (some might even dare to say “commercial”), it is counterbalanced by the assertive and aggressive vocals of Alissa White-Gluz. For only her third appearance with the band, she definitely gives the previous vocalists (Angela Gossow and Johan Liiva) a run for their money, forging a space for herself within the quintet. The band have an unmatched capacity for using their time efficiently, with the exception of the dispensable and short instrumental, ‘Mourning Star’. Deceivers has all the right ingredients to become a landmark of the band’s career, joining the ranks alongside Burning Bridges (1999) and Wages Of Sin (2001), both of which boast so many strong tracks. ‘Deceiver, Deceiver’ and ‘The Watcher’ are simply irresistible; fast and injected with a good dose of thrash metal. The same goes for the heavy ‘Poisoned Arrow' and ‘Spreading Black Wings’—watching these live is surely a recipe for breaking your neck. Some albums make an impact from the very first listen, and Deceivers is definitely one of them, cementing Arch Enemy as the European leader of melodic death metal. A real success. © Charlélie Arnaud/Qobuz

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