With NONEXIST consisting of members of bands such as ARCH ENEMY, DARK FUNERAL, DEFLESHED, and ANDROMEDA, I have to say that my expectations were quite high for their debut album. For the most part, I wasn't let down. The band's sound as a whole reminds me mostly of earlier ARCH ENEMY albums, but that can be credited to Johan Liiva's vocals and of course, the guitar solos. Every solo is done well, but they are far from what can be accomplished by the Amott brothers!
The first of three instrumentals, "Entrance" gets the album off to a great start, but sadly, the second track "The Devil Incarnate" failed to pick me up where "Entrance" had abandoned me. Thankfully, the remaining contributions on "Deus Deceptor" kept my attention. Outstanding tracks such as "A Halo Askew", "Ebony Tower", and "Delirious Tongues" made up for the uneasy feeling that was brought on by "The Devil Incarnate".
All in all "Deus Deceptor" is a great album, and if leaving me anxious to see what's next for NONEXIST was what they had planned, then they've succeeded in their goal. (Online March 6, 2003)