NONEXIST - DEUS DECEPTOR - NEW HAWEN
Nonexist is the new band which the ousted Arch Enemy singer Johan Liiva
(also of Hearse) joined last year and Deus Deceptor is the band's debut
album on New Hawen (formerly War Records) Records of Sweden. Liiva
ex-Arch Enemy, Deus Deceptor is understandably not far from Arch Enemy
sound. The band -formed under the Legacy guise- mixes different
metal into one potpourri and tops it with Liiva's harsh vocals.
guitarist Johan Reinholdz handles both guitars and bass here and,
unsurprisingly for those who know Andromeda, has much to say. A Halo
for example, has many features. Like the rest of the album, it's both
and slow and has elements of both death and progressive metal. The song
repeats the same melody heard at the beginning of the album. Phantoms
emphasizes the blasting, while Ebony Tower is equal parts bashing metal
technical fills. The progressive elements are distinctive here.
presumably a serious band. But like every other Swedish musician, the
heard here has other and concurrent projects on the go with drummer
playing also in Defleshed and Dark Funeral. For now reports indicate
band has recruited a second guitarist and a bassist - Liiva foregoing
playing bass as he did in Arch Enemy - and is looking at touring in
of Deus Deceptor.