Roel de Haan : Heruka is a melodic black metal band hailing from Italy and the album ‘Deception’s End’ is their self-released debut full-length. Filled to the brim with songs, this disc is a handful to sit through based on purely on its length and the number of songs, which are a whopping sixteen in 57 minutes. Heruka plays rather fast black metal with a melodic streak that clearly is derived from the Swedish scene. Bands like Dissection, Dark Tranquillity and Naglfar are references that seem appropriate here. Played very fast and with slight folky edge; Heruka tries to give their influences their own spin. However, the production is very trebly and old-school, which causes the album to sound not very powerful. Another issue is that the large amount of relative short songs result in a feeling that everything sounds the same. In fact, their isn’t much variation in mood, tempo and intensity. The conclusion is that ‘Deception’s End’ isn’t devoid of quality, but is as a whole quite bland.