Once more Glen Benton and his hellish horde release another treatise on why God should be abhorred - yep, it's another Deicide album.
How does it stack up to such classics as Deicide, Legion, et al?
Well - it's certainly a very aggressive album - Steve Asheim may have reached some personal speed records of his own on his hyperblasting - and it is very much Asheim that channels the energy of this album and makes it his own.
Glen sounds a lot more aggressive vocally than he's been for some time, but even with this added venom absent from previous albums, it still feels like he's going through the motions. Lyrically, it's the usual vitriol, and all Deicide fans will know what to expect here.
I'm still coming to terms with the Owen/Santolla guitar combo - both men are obviously talented players and have been crafting thrash and death metal riffs for years - but despite their technical prowess, they still don't sound 100% right for the fury and bludgeon that classic Deicide possesses and I didn't really get into the riffing as much as I hoped I would have.
There are some good tracks on here all the same (such as Hang In Agony Until You're Dead, Save Your, Conviction) - my personal favourite being the closer How Can You Call Yourself A God, but overall, I was left wanting more of a return to the sound of the first three albums where the riffing was simplistic in parts, yet savage in it's intensity.
One thing is for certain - Deicide will still be roaring out their fury long after religion has any relevance.
In short - this is a good Deicide album (I definitely think it's better than their last couple), but compared to the first couple of albums, it falls short of Satanic glory.