DECEPTOR – Chains Of Delusion
Three piece thrash with a space vibe- the UK band Deceptor may not fit normal categorical conventions, but isn’t that what makes metal so special to the fans? The 6 track EP "Chains of Delusion" has a fun spirit coursing through the arrangements and performances- although the reference points can be as diverse as Iron Maiden, Coroner, Slayer (take in the Tom Araya scream at the 2:53 mark for "Heatseeker") and the Crumbsuckers.
At times Sam Mackertich takes his riffs into galloping territory, intertwined with this twisted off kilter chord progressions- some of his best work taking place during "Sentient Shackles" where he’ll stop on a dime to throw an exotic off-time segment before returning into heads down thrash and bash. Bassist / vocalist Paul Fulda may not possess the most in key melodies for the genre (think a lower register John Gallagher with a sarcastic bite), but I do enjoy his obvious four string skills that add a progressive quality to the final song "Oblivion’s Call".
I can see this material going down a storm live. Deceptor know the right times to jam on a riff and build it out to develop rapport, call and response segments from the stage to audience and back (take in the instrumental sections for "Oblivion’s Call", a lot of early Iron Maiden going on here rhythmically). And you need to check out some of their merchandise- I love the innovative shades of blue, purple and brown they offer for t-shirts (yes readers, there is more than the requisite black band shirt).
Now with 2 EP’s in the books, the time is ready for Deceptor to unleash a killer full length. Pick up on them now, for they leave you wanting more.