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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Minds of Evil, 30 Mar 2014
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In the Minds of Evil is the eleventh studio album by American death metal band Deicide. It was released on 26th November 2013 by Century Media Records, and marks the recording debut of guitarist Kevin Quirion, who joined the band in 2011 after Ralph Santolla left. The album has been described as moving away from the melodic inclinations of the previous few albums and towards an "old school" death metal sound reminiscent of the band's 1992 album Legion.

Drummer Steve Asheim observed that the album was "a departure from our recent stuff and has more of an old school vibe. Not quite as melodic and very catchy riffs". Asheim elaborated further, explaining that the band wanted Glen Benton's vocals "to sound more old-school. So, it's a bit of the new with a little throwback action". Benton concurred, observing that Deicide has "settled into a permanent lineup and the writing process now is like the writing process was back in the beginning and we’re all showing up and writing the songs together. Everybody has an input and it shows". Benton cited the addition of guitarist Kevin Quirion as critical to In the Minds of Evil.

Steve Asheim noted that producer Jason Suecof "wanted to capture the Legion feel" on In the Minds of Evil. During the tracking of the album, Asheim revealed that he was performing with a "a blown out shoulder. It hurt like hell. It kept dislocating, it was popping and cracking. I just dealt with the pain and got the job done though". Asheim further noted that his approach to drumming on the album was "mostly improvised". He explained in another interview that the composition of the album reflected both preparation and improvisation. "Some vocals and guitar and bass stuff [were improvised]. The song writing – the parts and structures – were all done pre-pro[duction], before we got there. But once we were in and mic'd up, there was a lot of on-the-spot stuff happening. Most of my drum fills were improv[ised]. And I know the fellas just let loose with some on-the-fly kind of stuff together, and you can really hear that. I think the spontaneity and the energy, it really rings through".

In the Minds of Evil is certainly one of the best albums Deicide ever released, which consists of great songs including the opening title track, and all the songs have great guitar work, bass guitar work, drum work and vocals, and the production work on the album is fantastic. In the Minds of Evil certainly is in the same league with Deicide's first three albums, especially Legion. I believe this album is a lot better than their previous album To Hell With God (I must point out that (to date) I only listened to that album twice as I found it difficult to get into at the time, which is not the case with this album). In the Minds of Evil is very highly recommended to all fans of great metal music worldwide.
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Initial post: 2 Apr 2014 01:26:11 BDT
Chris Cox says:
kevin qurion debuted with steve asheims short lived side project order of ennead on earache. the only reason why he is now in deicide is because ralph "the drunk" santolla according to glen benton has attitude problems and is apparently a liar. ralph is a religion historian whom claims to believe in god, but apparently does not go to church, but says things like that just to be a pain and treats the stage like a practice lot instead of being "animated" on stage and never looks at the audiance and has proven to have a history of many bad stage performances with to many bands ranging from obituary to iced earth, starting with a very early stint in chuck schuldiners death back in the mid to late 1980's. the last reason why kevin replaced ralph is because he was ill fitted to deicide due to his style being too "progressive" rather than fast, dark and aggressive. my only issue with this album is glen benton rarely screams on this record and probably because of lyrnx damage and hard drinking and hard street drugs beyond the normal stuff in the 1990's having to deal with the supposed attitude and legal problems of their former bandmates which nearly cost glen and steve their freedom more than once. the fact deicide is still going after all these years i find rather amazing.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2014 16:04:11 BDT
I have to admit, I had no idea about some of these events that took place during the band's career. Deicide were the first death metal band I got into, and then I discovered several more death metal bands including Nile, Obituary, Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, and so on. I believe that death metal is one of the best forms of music ever to have come into existence, and Deicide have proved that they can still go strong especially with this album (in my opinion).
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