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5.0 out of 5 stars Another in a line of recent triumphs, 20 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: In The Minds Of Evil (Audio CD)
First off, I like Deicide's early work. I also love their run of albums since their "return to form" with Scars of the Crucifix. I even like the two albums everyone else hates! But, most of all, I like their albums with Ralph Santolla, particularly Stench of Redemption and To Hell With God which I think are probably their best work.
So I was dismayed when Ralph left the band. But, to my great surprise, his replacement Kevin Quirion has seriously stepped up here, and not only played some fantastic leads, but also delivered quite a few excellent songs.
Steve Asheim has carried the band musically in recent years, but he hardly gets a credit here, with Quirion and Jack Owen writing most of the music. And it really works! Much of it sounds like early Deicide, much sounds like latter day Deicide with those ringing open chords on the hooks, and some of it sounds unlike anything the band has done before (I noticed the Cannibal Corpse-style pinch harmonics on one song right away and wondered where Asheim had got it from, only to realise it was a Jack Owen contribution).
Glen Benton provides all the lyrics, as usual. He might not be a literary genius, but he knows how to write words that fit the music and he does so here brilliantly. Sure, his brand of "Satanism" is simple anti-Christianity, rather than any deep moral or spiritual code (a la Nergal of Behemoth) but hey, that's Deicide's thing, just like Slayer and a dozen other bands in this genre.
I recommend every fan of death metal check this album out - old fans of the band will note the clear nod to the Hoffmans on the first guitar solo, but it then spirals upwards into something the brothers never could do and the entire album is like that. It's not quite as strong as Stench, and the hooks aren't quite as obvious as To Hell With God, but it's another step in the evolution of the band.
Ralph who?
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2014 02:09:25 GMT
Chris Cox says:
you do know ralph santolla was "kicked" out of deicide for his alcoholism, unprofessional attitude on stage and his need to irritate glen benton and deicide's fans with his "i believe in god" rap!? you also know kevin quiron came from order of ennead(steve asheim's pet project outside deicide) people know most of those whom buy and listen to this style of music are often either liberal's, atheists, lost souls searching for "the key" to their lives and those whom are sick and tired of having classic rock, tencho-dance pop and repetitive hip-hop/rap music, buena vista/disney crap etc. shoved down their throats.

metal music was born out of rebellion, is for rebels and therefore only rebels will evolve...rebel = free-thinkers whom care not what outsiders think and live life egoistically. metal is for antiestablishmentarians whom believe in the "age of reason".

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 06:30:40 BDT
Chris Cox says:
Behemoth, goatwhore, watain, are the bands i have retreated to since deicide's "divorce" album "tll death do us part" which i found to be rushed, contrived, and yet another throw away record...1. once upon the cross production values, 2. relaxed approach to vital remains dechristianized vocals, 3. a slightly darker approach to taking bites out of slayer's god hates us all, but slightly more
beating rhythm, and a choice of gifts being a glen benton for pres. patch<really?, or wrist sweat cuff< more like it! but most stores sold the patch version. ever since then i have been a bit skeptical of deicide, because the blow-up-the-christian world to nothingness is gone!
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