Arch Enemy-Decievers

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Reviewed: September 2022
Released: August 2022, Century Media Records
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Buddy H

Nearly two decades ago, I was shopping at my local music store and decided the give the old mark down CD bin a quick look-through. An interesting album cover caught my eye from a band I had never heard of. For just $4.99, why not give them a shot? That album was WAGES OF SIN by Arch Enemy. From the opening piano intro of “Enemy Within” to the final piano outro of “Lament of a Mortal Soul,” I was astonished, amazed, and forever hooked on all things Arch Enemy. Nearly two decades later, here in 2022, their 11th studio album, DECEIVERS is finally unleashed upon us.

After replacing the now legendary Angela Gossow with Alissa White-Gluz, many wondered if Arch Enemy could continue their ascent to the top of the melodic death metal mountain. They not only continued their ascent, but they also accelerated it! With the addition of virtuoso guitarist Jeff Loomis, Arch Enemy rounded out their most impressive roster ever and now boast one of the most talented lineups in all of metal. So, how does DECEIVERS stack up against the other gems in the Arch Enemy catalogue?

Simply put, this current offering is an absolute masterpiece! What Arch Enemy have achieved here is the rare balance of beauty and brutality, melody and ferocity, atmosphere and power. As inconceivable as it may seem, the already stellar musicianship of the band has actually been elevated on this release. The criminally underrated rhythm section of Sharlee D’Angelo on bass and Daniel Erlandsson on drums is tighter than ever. They are a pummeling punishing battering ram throughout. Guitarists Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis effortlessly blend their two totally different but complimentary styles, delivering Arch Enemy’s trademark dual harmony melody lines and providing some truly stunning, blistering solos. And then, there is Alissa White-Gluz. Her vocals, here on her 3rd outing, are just otherworldly. Whether it be her vicious rabid death metal delivery or her sporadic perfectly placed soaring clean vocals, she has easily cemented her status as one of the top lead vocalists in all of metal.

Arch Enemy have consistently delivered the goods year after year, release after release. But something just feels different about DECEIVERS. The songs contain everything you would expect from these seasoned veterans, but somehow, they’re better! From start to finish, the album is chock full of instant metal classics. “Handshake With Hell” is one of the finest opening tracks I have ever heard and features a perfect mix of Alissa’s two equally impressive vocal styles. This ranks as one of the top tunes they’ve ever penned. “Deceiver, Deceiver” follows and displays the machine-like rhythm section of D’Angelo and Erlandsson. Next up is the mid-tempo stunner, “In The Eye Of The Storm.” The simple but ultra-infectious main riff, scream along chorus, and melodic solos are guaranteed to capture a whole new crop of fans. Rounding out the unbelievable 1-2-3-4 start to the album is “The Watcher.” This song is the embodiment of the aforementioned beauty, brutality, melody, ferocity, atmosphere, and power. [Side note – be sure to check out the video links below for songs 1-4. They are cinematic excellence and the perfect vehicle to bring these spectacular new tunes to life!]

There is no denying that Arch Enemy have long been considered titans in the realm of melodic death metal. With DECEIVERS, we are witnessing an awe-inspiring transformation into genuine metal gods. This album delivers on every level. Embrace DECEIVERS and appreciate it for the instant metal classic that it is!

Track Listing:

1. Handshake With Hell
2. Deceiver, Deceiver
3. In The Eye Of The Storm
4. The Watcher
5. Poisoned Arrow
6. Sunset Over The Empire
7. House Of Mirrors
8. Spreading Black Wings
9. Mourning Star
10. One Last Time
11. Exiled From Earth


Alissa White-Gluz – Vocals
Michael Amott – Guitars
Jeff Loomis – Guitars
Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass
Daniel Erlandsson – Drums