5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Deceptor hail from the UK and recently released their second EP Chains Of Delusion. Drummer James Ashbey introduces us to his band.
Give us a brief history of Deceptor.
Deceptor was formed in the very crucible of heavy metal, Birmingham, when Paul moved there to study. He met some like-minded thrashers and we recorded the demo Start the Assault. After that Sam Mackertich joined on guitar, being a seasoned musical ally of Paul's from their time in adolescent speed rippers Sonic Death. The Bound to the Oath demo came next, and then I joined on drums following the departure of previous hammerer Slutthrasher. The band dropped down to a three piece when Bestial Devastator (guitar) decided to step down, and since then two EPs have been achieved as a trio: Soothsayer and Chains of Delusion.
How would you describe the style/sound of Chains Of Delusion?
It is a fusion of the types of heavy metal we like, retaining the thrashy aggression of Deceptor's earlier material but making more room for the melody and technicality that we love in classic British metal and U.S. power metal, respectively.
How did you come to sign with Shadow Kingdom Records?
Tim contacted us very swiftly after we dispatched some promo MP3s for label scrutiny. His interest felt like a great endorsement, as the band had been so used to releasing our own DIY efforts into the ether, and we had a respect for the strong heavy metal roster Shadow Kingdom has delivered.
What has been your most memorable Deceptor live show, and what are your upcoming show/tour plans?
One of the most memorable was playing in Athens with our friends Convixion. Greece is a real haven of undiminished metal passion, and we had a great time. Our gigging plans are on hold at the moment as Paul currently lives in Florida.
Anything else you'd like to mention or promote?
Thanks for the questions. Never douse the metal flame! You can stream Chains of Delusion here.
(photo courtesy Shadow Kingdom Records)