THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION
Not being the biggest fan of death metal hybrid bands of any kind, let alone bands that try to fuse black metal and goth together, I didn't have a whole lot of great expectations for THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION by long time Florida metallers Wykked Wytch. To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to listening to it. To be even more honest, the only reason I decided to listen to this was because of the lineage of the past members of the band. This band has seen some great musicians come through it - especially on drums where both Kevin Talley and Richard Christy have chaired the kit at some point. Imagine my surprise when this release turned out to be pretty much an unstoppable brutality train.
While there's been a lot of great talent in this band, it has and always will be the property of female vocalist Ipek. Her guttural vocals are the driving force behind this band. On THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION, she is at one point like Dani Filth while at others a vintage Karyn Crisis. Her best quality though is not which style she uses from point to point in any song, but her clarity throughout. More than even bands like Cradle Of Filth or Borknagar, Ipek keeps the words understandable which, ultimately, makes things that much more sinister. Listening to songs like "Birthing The Beast", she mixes up styles while spewing her own brand of hatred at the listener. It works here.
For me anyway, the "make or break" moment of any album of this type is the drumming. It's a total "make" here. Kevin Talley (Daath, Chimaira) is simply one of the best in the business today, and he shows why here. THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION is full of some of the tightest and fastest drumming you will ever hear, and it just powers each and every song. His double bass perfection and ability to stop and start on a dime are highlighted on "The Ultimate Deception", as well as almost everywhere else on the disc.. In short, Talley makes THE ULTIMATE DECEPTION.
PITRIFF RATING - 86/100 - Wykked Wytch may be an older band at this point, but they are no less potent than they were the day they started. In fact, they are probably moreso since they've proven the ability to survive in a nearly dead industry while making music no one will ever hear anywhere but in their own private collection. Solid effort from The Wytch!