Though from personal tastes there are parts of Chains of Delusion which crawl beneath the skin and irritate like a rash it is impossible not to recommend the new mini album from UK thrashers/speedsters Deceptor, especially to those with a passion for the eighties soaked presence of the genres as well as that of heavy metal. It is not an era which lights the wick to our enthusiasm let alone fires, but there is plenty within the release which leaves one bristling with contentment and satisfaction.
The Shadow Kingdom Records album follows the self-released EP, Soothsayer of 2011, which met with strong critical acclaim and fan fervour. The new release is sure to ignite similar if not further the responses for its predecessor, with the London trio pulling out all the stops again and then exceeding them with a direct and thunderous thrash sound. The songs which make up the release are not mere thrash though, the loud traditional metal and almost manic progressive squalls within the tracks offering a freshness to compliment and temper the nostalgic aggressive wash. Consisting of vocalist and bassist Paul Fulda, vocalist and guitarist Sam Mackertich, and drummer James Ashbey, the 2005 founded Deceptor, conjure up speed metal which whatever the individual preferences makes a positive impression.
Consisting of six tracks of which two are not exactly frivolous but feel like ‘window dressing’, the first Transmission I opening up the release, the essential heart of the release is set in motion with To Know Infinity. The track is an immediate charge of grappling riffs and surging rhythms scored by some fine sonic enterprise. The vocals are raw and decent enough but arguably one of the weaker aspects of the album though it is more to do with the impressive imaginative sounds than their actual presence which makes them pale in comparison. The song is at its heights when the progressive elements are set free whilst the straight forward trad/thrash metal assault leaves a level of satisfaction which cannot be dismissed by any metal fan.
It is a decent start which is left in the shadows of the excellent Heatseeker, easily the best song on the release. The guitars scramble over the ear from the first breath of the song whilst the vocals growl and scowl with venomous intent. This charge is unrelenting but speared by outstanding inventive melodic sorcery and scarring rhythmic juggling. The track has a hunger and mischievous stomp to its incessant storm which is irresistible whilst the evolving creative gait and sinews of the song is a captivating and enthralling mix of incendiary imagination and bruising. There is very little if nothing to offer as a negative against a song which leaves one more than ready to face further confrontations from the band.
Following really a needless interlude in Transmission II, the thumping arrival of Sentient Shackles incites an enthrallment which the song never relinquishes. The jabbing beats of Asbey are as invigorating as the stirring sinewy basslines of Fulda, both forming a trap impossible to resist entering whilst the guitar of Mackertich strokes and inflames the emotions with its insistent and incisive persuasion. Into its heart the track is a bruising mix of classic and speed metal with progressive whispers calling loudly from within the intense storm. The track rivals Heatseeker as top brawl with only the coarseness of the raw vocals not quite maintaining the levels of its rival, even if they prowl and rub the ear with appropriate eagerness.
The closing Oblivion’s Call is a less intimidating eye to eye encounter, though it is no slouch on the aggression front, which conjures tides of acidic sonic cajoling and startling melodic initiative to wrap around the intertwining variations of energy and pace. Once more the rhythmic spine and stance of the song is as impressive as the melodic flames unleashed, to make another track which certainly with repeated companionship is a greatly pleasing venture.
The heavy metal aspects of the release may not work for us personally but it is hard to imagine those with a spark for the genre will not find great pleasure and inspiration in Chains of Delusion, a strong enjoyable release from a band in Deceptor which offers a revitalising spark to the roots of thrash metal in the UK.
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