RECORD OF THE WEEK
Deceptor - Chains of Delusion (Shadow King, 2013)
Chained in a dark temple, so cold the air turned a purplish blue, illuminated by a wizard’s staff, a robotic demon 5 stories tall growls. The cover lets you know you are in for something special. A sure pleaser for contemporary and historically oriented metal fans, the 19 minute EP ‘Chains of Delusion’ from the UK’s Deceptor is a roller-coaster built on 80’s british steel.
Borrowing heavily across the NWOBHM spectrum from Priest to Coroner, but maintaining a knowing distance from the time period, this is a heavily conceived but not over-thought collection of serrated guitar riffs. The genre worship swings between sword weilding heroics (Maiden) to doomy thrash (Venom) to bay area freight train riffage (Testament) to Rush like prog often and quick but never feels out of place. This is also prevalent in the vocal spectrum, which is only comparable to King Diamond himself. Hi-Tech imagery with primal melodies, this is some evolutionary metal that deserves your attention.
Can’t wait to see what these guys do with a little more time under their belt.
Stream it on Deceptor’s Bandcamp page.