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3.0 out of 5 stars To Hell With Evolution, too, apparently, 30 Mar. 2011
This review is from: To Hell With God (Audio CD)
To Hell With God is part of what I consider the third period in Deicide's history, the first of which consists of the Scott Burns-produced Tampa Death classics Deicide, Legion, Once Upon The Cross and Serpents Of The Light, and was followed by the considerably weaker trio of In Torment In Hell, Insineratehymn and Scars Of The Crucifix. In many ways I consider Scott Burns (of whose work I am a devoted fan) an unofficial fifth member of the band, considering how different the material he did not produce sounds to that which he did, and how absolutely vital he was to their sound in general. The third and current period (by my reckoning) of the Deicide catalogue began with 2006's The Stench Of Redemption which was written and performed without the founding Brothers Hoffman, replaced on guitar by fellow Tampa legends in Obituary's Ralph Santolla and Cannibal Corpse's Jack Owen, whose input truly revitalised the band's sound for that one excellent record that was in the truest sense a return to form. Its follow up, 2008's Till Death Do Us Part, was frankly unworthy given the band's legacy, but is no better or worse than those three albums that comprise the band's second period. Though its mix was dominated by drummer Steve Asheim's furious snare, the problems went far beyond poor production, and so The Stench... began to seem like something of a fluke and everyone was curious to see how this latest LP would turn out. After considerable familiarisation, I can honestly declare that it's a bit of a mixed bag.

First of all, it sounds amazing. Asheim's production days are thankfully over, and To Hell With God is without doubt the best produced album since Burns' heyday. You may notice I've mentioned production quite a bit, but I do believe that poor handling after recording can effectively ruin an album- classic metal fans'll have my head but it's for this very reason that I can't listen to Ride The Lightning.

Anyway, beyond that praise there's not much else I can say about the music other than to mention how adequate it is. There's really not a memorable track on this album, but there's not a terrible track either. Curiously, it features (as another reviewer mentioned) a deal of variation in the Deicide sonic canon, calling to mind on at least two occasions the work of latter-day Exodus. That said, it's very hard to pay attention to: it sort of turns my mind off, so that I'll become distracted without wanting to turn the album off.

I can say with some confidence that if you have any degree of affection for the last two Deicide albums then this is worth your time: it's certainly not a write-off. However, bar Glen Benton's multi-tracked vocals, everything that typified the classic quartet of albums and those (rightly) maligned three that preceded this latest lineup is effectively gone, and as such it's harder to recommend to Deicide fans than it is fans of extreme metal in general.
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