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Arch Enemy – ‘Deceivers’

Century Media Records
Soilwork, The Haunted, Scar Symmetry, Black Earth, DevilDriver, Darkane
Release Date
August 12, 2022
Century Media Records
Melodic Death Metal

There aren’t as many bands on the planet as popular as Arch Enemy. The melodic death metal band have captured hearts worldwide as endless social media posts argue which of the vocalists are quote/unquote ‘better’. It may have been some years since the melodic death metal titans released ‘Will to Power’ and now, this year has Arch Enemy returning with their latest album ‘Deceivers’.

                Now, to be brutally honest, Arch Enemy have realistically been floundering and barring the odd decent track, the band have released the same album for at least 15 years. Yet, ‘Deceivers’ is weirdly a breath of fresh air. This album is bright and vibrant, yes, it is typically Arch Enemy, and the listener knows what they are getting and now with ‘Deceivers’ Jeff Loomis has finally been bedded in and is stretching his wings with the melo death band not sounding this focused in years. Tracks such as ‘In the Eye of the Storm’, ‘Handshake in Hell’ and ‘House of Mirrors’ are actual very good delivered through an album which is beautifully polished to a high quality. There is one point about ‘Deceivers’ which will be a large talking point is Alissa White-Gluz’s heavy leaning on clean vocals where the clean/harsh dynamic is played out wonderfully but does bring an aura of modern metal about it and although this will be a point of fixation, it will massively please a huge demographic within the metal spectrum. However, those fans of that Liiva/Gossow sound will probably be left quite cold by this release as Arch Enemy continue to fish in the contemporary metal pool and as for the elitists… well you can never please them anyway.

                It is great to have Arch Enemy stretching out again. The melo death legends grab the bull by the horns and debatably release the best album they’ve done in a long time, but that isn’t exactly saying a lot, there are still parts where this album flounders and this means that people will definitely arguing about it for years to come.

"a huge crowd pleasing album that will have a large demographic appeal"

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