Wykked Wytch - The Ultimate Deception

Five albums in for this Florida-based quartet and “The Ultimate Deception” is the first time I have heard of them. Cannot say I’ve been missing a lot as I have mixed feelings about Wykked Wytch’s newest record. Although I admire the band’s effort to combine numerous influences instead of drawing exclusively from one source, sometimes the convergence of such disparate styles as black metal and deathcore doesn’t work in their favour and sounds a bit clumsy.
The album opens with “Birthing the Beast”, a fierce and dark theme that sees Wykked Wytch exploring the pompous and theatrical black metal popularized by acts like Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir.
The main driving force in this band vocalist Ipek is also able to deliver some evil shrieks that bear an uncanny resemblance to Dani Filth’s excruciating voice. In the end, these Cradle of Filth moments are more endearing than annoying; it’s the deathcore influence that surfaces on the following themes that really drags this record down. On these occasions, guitarist Nate Poulsen ploughs through the well-trodden deathcore path, using some generic riffs that grow tiresome pretty quickly.
It’s not that “The Ultimate Deception” is a terrible or glaringly uninspired record, it’s just that Wykked Wytch aren’t doing anything that special here that would warrant the undivided attention of metal heads. (5.8/10)

Alex Grimm