The Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth's ninth studio album, Deceiver Of The Gods
, is another collection of tales of Norse crusades and treachery. The title track introduces the Viking god Loki, who serves as the protagonist for the set. Loki was the god of strife and the spirit of evil in Norse mythology. Singer Johan Hegg
explained to Lords Of Metal
why they made him central character. "We agreed this before I started writing lyrics," he said. "I slowly grew into the matter. Loki appeared to be an interesting character, a trivial one, because sometimes he supports the gods, but other times he misleads them. That is one of the reasons we have chosen him."
"He has talents to help the gods," Hegg continued, "but most of the time he is also the one who brings them in trouble. He is very sly. He's got powers within his reach to achieve a lot of things, but he can do terrible things with those powers as well, as a bad, selfish man. Actually he is the god with the most human characteristics."