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Arch Enemy – Deceivers

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Last Updated on 01:40 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Country: Sweden
Label: Century Media Records
Year: 2022

Arch Enemy can be considered the personal group of Michael Amott but also a supergroup, especially after the addition of Jeff Loomis. Also the coming of Alissa, opened a new chapter for the group, which seems to have musical implications as well. Their base remains melodic death metal but it is quite clear that there is a lot of space for power metal and heavy metal parts. This becomes even more apparent in “Deceivers” where Alissa delivers many clean vocals. This was expected by many to happen because she is a very good singer beyong growling, as well as by using clean vocals. From then on, once again the guitars play a leading role. Besides, how many active guitar duos are there today that are better than Amott and Loomis? Sure, not many. For one more time, the solos are enjoyable and the melodies range at a high level. Whether we wanted Loomis to be more active in terms of songwriting, is another chapter. But also the rhythm section sounds tight, especially when the groups play groovy in a death metal way. The songwriting is very good, especially in the first tracks of the album. Not all songs are on the same level but overall it is a very good release. It is actually the best of the Alissa era. Those who have accepted the new musical direction of the band, they will enjoy it. Moreover, Arch Enemy seems to be going through their best period. “Deceivers” will comfortably manage to keep them on the upswing.

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