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. 


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B O T A N I C A L   M A Y : D A Y : T W E N T Y  N I N E

Botanical Name : Crassula cornuta / deceptor x falcata

Family : Crassulaceae

Common Name : Crassula

Once again, a struggle to confidently tie down a species but I think the type I have listed above are correct and this is a hybrid. A tricky one to care for as it has such a heavy weighted base that it cannot stand up on it’s own and the trunk tends to curl around, which is why I’ve placed a little prop there for it. Absolutely bewildering to me though how peculiar the succulent species can be, the base of this looking like some kind of animalistic slug with the daintiest of flowers above it. Certainly the most interesting succulent The Good Man and I have come across so far.

- The Good Woman

DECEPTOR's Chains of Delusion Out Now

UK trad thrash trio DECEPTOR have officially released Chains of Delusion via Shadow Kingdom Records. 

Favorites among the metal underground since their 2005 formation, DECEPTOR  signed with Shadow Kingdom Records for the release of Chains of Delusion. This six-song slab of progressive and aggressive thrash meets trad metal mastery comes on the heels of the band’s 2011 self-released EP, Soothsayer, which Terrorizer called “modern, thrash-tinged metal at its very best.”

To order Chains of Delusion visit or where the EP is streaming in its entirety. 

A video for the track “Heatseeker” has been posted at this location


Deceptor - Heatseeker

Great Underground UK thrash band Deceptor, buy their EP HERE and other merch HERE


Crassula ‘Moonglow’

My own personal Crassula ‘Moonglow’ is currently one of, if not my most impressive stacking Crassula that I own, despite it starting out very small and unimpressive. This plant shows off an example of why you have to keep this type of succulent in good lighting all the time, because that gap in between the second and third pair of visible leaves was caused by me keeping it in too dark of conditions in my first winter having it. Since then it’s fleshy leaves have grown to seem almost interlocking along it’s fat stem and actually it is starting to show signs of wanting to flower, which it has never done before. I like the pairing of Crassula ‘Moonglow’ with Crassula deceptor, because the two stacking Crassulas have similar statures, but differing textures and sizes, or for more of a mixed grouping I think it would be nice with Kalanchoe luciae for the bright color and nice curved round leaves and Senecio haworthii for that stark white, making the soft color of Crassula ‘Moonglow’ more vibrant. 


Crassula ‘Moonglow’ is a vertically growing, felt textured, thick leaved stacked Crassula meaning that pairs of leaves grow on it’s thick stems vertically and are kept for long periods of time to give it a very full look. This plant is actually a horticultural hybrid of Crassula deceptor x Crassula falcata. It receives it’s stacking growth shape from Crassula deceptor and it’s leaf texture and color from Crassula falcata. This is a common thing to happen when hybriding succulents, one gives the surface texture, and the other gives the shape. Like both it’s “parents” Crassula ‘Moonglow’ can handle anything ranging from bright full sun to partial shade, but defiantly preferring bright enough light to keep it from stretching. It can also handle being dry for longer periods of time than most succulents, because it’s leaves are very large and store tons of water for a plant this size, so I don’t think mine have ever even gone soft from being thirsty. It also has the ability to handle freezing temperatures like most Crassulas even if only for short periods of time, but since it’s leaves are so large I would thank that it is more at risk of being damaged than others typically are and it also rots easier when kept in cooler temperatures so I personally wouldn’t take the chance. I would very much so recommend Crassula ‘Moonglow’ to anyone who wanted an easier to keep and easier to find stacking Crassula because it is interesting and visually appealing, as well as forgiving of most small mistakes. 


Native to: Manmade Hybrid

Height: 8-12 in+, grows slowly, may collapse under weight eventually

Spread: <6 in max

Hardiness: to 30°F+

Light Requirements: Full Shade to Bright Sun

Water Requirements: Moderate (Average for succulents)

Flowers: very small and numerous on tall stems, red-coral colored

Other: Drought friendly, low maintenance, sun loving, unique hybrid.

Species Classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Clade: Angiosperms

Clade: Eudicots

Clade: Core Eudicots

Order: Saxifragales

Family: Crassulaceae

Genus: Crassula

Hybrid:  C. deceptor x Crassula falcata

Common Name: Crassula ‘Moonglow’ Premiers New Track From Forthcoming DECEPTOR Album has posted an exclusive world premier of the song “To Know Infinity” taken from Chains of Delusion, the forthcoming release from UK speed metal trio DECEPTOR.

Favorites among the metal underground since their 2005 formation, DECEPTOR recently signed with Shadow Kingdom Records for the January 21, 2013 release of Chains of Delusion. This six-song slab of progressive and aggressive thrash meets trad metal mastery comes on the heels of the band’s 2011 self-released EP, Soothsayer, which Terrorizer called “modern, thrash-tinged metal at its very best.”

Stream “To Know Infinity” HERE.

Earlier this year, the band posted a video for the track “Heatseeker” at this location

Shadow Kingdom Records To Release DECEPTOR's Chains of Delusion In January

Shadow Kingdom Records has inked a deal with UK-based speed metal trio DECEPTOR for the release of the band’s forthcoming MCD, Chains of Delusion. 

This six-song slab of progressive and aggressive thrash meets trad metal mastery comes on the heels of the band’s 2011 self-released EP, Soothsayer, which Terrorizer called “modern, thrash-tinged metal at its very best.”

The band has posted a video for the track Heatseeker at this location. The song is also streaming at

Chains of Delusion will be out on January 21, 2013 through Shadow Kingdom Records.

Label owner Tim McGrogan had this to say about DECEPTOR:

Where on earth are the good quality Thrash Metal bands of today hiding? We can’t find them because there literally aren’t any bands out there worth mentioning because it has all been done before until we found DECEPTOR! Deceptor resides in the U.K. where Thrash Metal barely existed even back in the heyday of the 1980’s. They’ve been quietly putting some quality Heavy / Thrash metal out themselves and passing them around like it’s still the 80’s. If they did exist in the 80’s they would have been underground legends back then because we simply cannot find bands that can do things the way Deceptor does on so many different levels. This band doesn’t even for a second write anything that doesn’t have you on the edge of your seat wanting more! That’s going to be the biggest complaint about this EP, is that the fans will want more. We’re not sure how they were able to put such a highly technical effort together, yet make it flow so effortlessly and catchy. We’re scratching our heads over here wondering how in the world they pulled off such intricate, catchy song writing. They’ve taken the absolute best parts of Speed, Thrash, and Heavy metal from circa ‘80-'85 and put it all together in their own format. To describe what they sound like would almost be an insult to how good they are, but we can tell you to look at Paul Di'Anno era Maiden, “Rust in Piece” era Megadeth, and “Seven Churches” era Possessed and then try to wrap your head twice around that!

1. Transmission I
2. To Know Infinity
3. Heatseeker
4. Transmission II
5. Sentient Shackles
6. Walking Dust