Several readers have asked us for a review about HEATHEN’s “Victims Of Deception” album, so here we go. The album was maybe THE highlight of the year 1991, what unfortunately did not translate into sales numbers. To make it short: This album is the disc that METALLICA would have wanted to record with “And Justice For All”!
Not that HEATHEN were the total METALLICA clone, no, but when it comes down to complex song writing and killer melodies, the four heathens definitely have been one step ahead. Sure, some riff attacks, as on “Heathen’s Song”, which starts out balladesque and then starting a mighty drive, could also have come from the former speed kings, nobody’s perfect! Also the version of the RAINBOW classic “Kill The King” is not really the thing, because HEATHEN’s singer David White-Godfrey simply is no second Dio.
But apart from that you won’t find much to complain about. Extremely cool, intricate songs such as the merciless speed hammer “Mercy Is No Virtue“ with its absolutely enthusing guitar solo, the calm, very harmonic “Prisoners Of Fate“, which still shows some really crunchy riffs, the stomping opener “Hypnotized“, which sets out with acoustic guitars, then steps on the pedal, then gets slower again to finally fire on all cylinders or the super heavy banger inferno “Opiate Of The Masses“, which again has inimitable solos.
Who likes Thrash with class has to have this album, no matter how you get it. Guaranteed eargasm!!! (Online May 5, 2004)