When formidable, critically acclaimed, heavily influential Swedish melodic death metal troupe and Earache recording artist At the Gates decided to call it a day at the top of their game, three of its members quickly formed the Haunted. But what was still unclear was to whom vocalist Tomas Lindberg would next lend his throaty growls. The answer to that question came in 1998 with the formation of the Great Deceiver, a metallic quintet that treads a streamlined, hardcore path sharing a greater similarity to the Haunted's Pantera-styled feel than At the Gates' more traditionally metal-oriented melodic savagery. The band's sound is brutal, however, with its pounding rhythms, bone-rattling riffage, abrasive eagerness, and breakneck velocity. A Metal Hammer scribe likened the Great Deceiver's sound to Sepultura's landmark Roots album "meets Neurosis," which is perhaps not an inaccurate description of what these Swedes do.