Deceptor – Chains of Delusion (MCD)
Coming up in the age of Thrash Metal, I hold strong opinions about the authenticity or purpose of modern takes on the pre-cursor to Metal’s more Extreme bedfellows of Death and Black. That strong opinion is simply thus: most latter-day speedsters aren’t worth the effort it takes to press play. Not all of the throwaway nature of these upstarts can be blamed on ineptitude; part of said blame lies with TM’s forbears. As Worm Gear OG Marty has stated, while a good many Thrash bands were and are indispensable, even more had a paper-thin sincerity about Cold War-era politics and a ‘let’s just have fun and mosh’ aesthetic that just hasn’t aged well. But then Deceptor hits the promo list … and my jaded ears get boxed. With Chains of Delusion, these UK youths prove they understand what made the genre great. ‘Transmission I’ shatters the silence with a brief Mr Roboto voice a la the great Killing Technology, warning us that the constant specter of mankind being it’s own worst enemy ‘exists no longer’ (no topicality here, thank Jeebus), before plunging us into the great mid-ranged guitar gallop of of ‘To Know Infinity’. Think the punchiness of early Iron Maiden/late-80s Manilla Road with a great Dave Ellefson bass-clang and a reserved, less frenetic take on the precision rhythm playing of the ‘other Dave’. Deceptor’s finger-flexing dexterity is downplayed, however, in favor of memorable songwriting, a choice other youngsters with Thrash afros/mullets and high-tops may want to consider. And the vocals…well, if you’re not old enough to have had a Grim Reaper tape in the ’80s, then Paul Fulda’s style may be outside of your wheelhouse. Still, I recommend sticking with it. Fulda’s Agent Steel meets Overkill vocal warbling perfectly compliments the high-tone, bleach-clean guitar sound. The payoff – the desire to listen to the album again and again after this MCD’s eighteen minutes fly on by– is more than worth it.
With their controlled approach to riffery peppered with NWOBHM tenets and early Speed Metal subject matter, Chains of Delusion exudes enough tasteful technical display to remain interesting in part because of – not in spite of – the kind of over-the-top, slightly off-kilter singing that some Thrash Metal bands are known for. Deceptor holds the flag high for those still believing Metal can hit all the marks by being just ‘fast’ instead of ‘blast’. -Jim
Shadow Kingdom Records
~ by cliftonium on January 16, 2013.