I wrongly mistook DECEPTOR for being Yanks but once I heard the album I knew that they were from the UK. Interview with James. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
guess you get asked this a lot but what happened to British heavy metal and metal in general? There was a time when it was hard to find any good bands.
James: The UK is certainly less of a hotbed for essential and unique heavy metal nowadays… I guess after so many golden years the momentum died somewhere. There’s no point dwelling on such matters though; as great as it would be still to have a prolific scene and widespread public support for bands, you just have to get on with doing your own thing.
How bad did it hurt the really good British bands that what came up and was released for most of the 90s and a bit into the 00s was pretty crappy stuff?
James: I would imagine it was a bitter pill to swallow, but being in our mid 20s none of us is in any position to give a history lesson on it.
I love your sound. To me it’s like a combo of thrash and NWOBHM. How hard was it to settle on this sound?
James: Deceptor’s sound has gravitated towards its current state gradually, having started out with a darker thrashier sound. The present sound seems to be the natural product of songwriting as a three-piece, as it allows lots of space for all instruments and our two vocalists.
Do you feel that you have a chance to break through? What does it take to make it?
James: I doubt we collectively have any ambitions to ‘make it’, however that is defined. All but the most persistent and/or compromising heavy metal bands of our type have jobs and lives alongside their music-making, and we’re content with this too. And without getting too philosophical, I’d say it tends to be healthier to the artistic process if you’re not creating things in return for financial reward. If like-minded headbangers enjoy our stuff then that’s success enough for us.
Is there a difference in attitude amongst young British bands today that they might not be at the forefront of metal or does the old Empire way of thought still live on?
James: I can’t really say if that comes into the equation with others – it doesn’t for Deceptor, we pretty much just try to operate on our own terms.
How much thought went into the art work? How much of a reference to older album covers is it? It made me think of old Judas Priest but also about Swedish Torch.
James: It’s not a direct reference to any earlier covers, despite many people highlighting PRIEST’s ‘Defenders of the Faith’. It emerged from a series of ideas and sketches by the artist, who really wanted to have a go at painting a mechanoid horror frozen in ice. We’re really pleased with the outcome!
How important is it to display yourself correctly? What is the correct way to raise the interest for the band?
James: Like most bands we’ve found online tools like Youtube and Facebook have come to the forefront as methods of promotion. The best way to raise interest will always be playing gigs and convincing people with the quality of your music, so that’s where most of our energies will remain (within geographical limits).
What kind of band would you like DECEPTOR to grow into?
James: We hope to grow into a sonic force so potent that piping our creations into your ears will result in instant cortex collapse.
Where do you see yourself go in the future?
James: Pretend not to fathom the choreography of the heavens, mortal.