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Deicide - To Hell With God

Published February 16 2011

=Staff's pick

To Hell With God*
Save Your
Witness Of Death
Empowered By Blasphemy*
Angels In Hell
Hang In Agony Until You´re Dead*
Servants Of The Enemy
Into The Darkness You Go
How Can You Call Yourself A God

Genre Death Metal
Glen Benton
Tracks 10
Jack Owen
Runningtime 35 Min.
Ralph Santolla
Label Century Media
Glen Benton
Release 15 February 2011
Steve Asheim
Country USA
Producer Mark Lewis    
Similar artists Morbid Angel, Possessed, Death

Alongside with Morbid Angel and Death, Deicide can be considered one of the most important and influential bands in the Death Metal genre. With such reputation comes of course great responsibility that many bands have a hard time to deal with. There is obviously no fear of that regarding Deicide. What we have here is an album that shows us what death metal is about, but yet gives it a more modern feel.

I should point out, that "modern" in this context does not mean "melodic death metal"-modern, but more "Behemoth-kinda-melodies-style"-modern. Sometimes the band is standing at the fence separating death from black metal, picking some flowers from the other side to mix with their old ones.

Does it work? Indeed! The quality of the riffs and melodies is very high, only the solos get a bit boring sometimes. Some songs even have groovy and kind of catchy parts that will work really well live with an audience screaming along. Bentons' vocals have improved over the years, and even though I never enjoyed it that much, his performance on this album surprises me. He is not the best vocalist, but it works well with the music.

The production is what I consider almost ideal for this kind of music. It´s drums, bass, guitars, and vocals. No more, no less. No fancy big reverbs, strange effects or 45 guitar tracks in one solo. Just death. Drums do sound a bit plastic sometimes, but that´s to be expected. It´s also OK, as they have managed to get one of the best bass sounds you can have in death metal.

This is not one of the most brutal albums the band has released, but it does not really matter. The most important thing is not that all riffs are brutal, but that they are good, and a vast majority of them are on this album.

See also review of: The Stench Of Redemption , Scars Of The Crucifix








7,5 chalices of 10 - Olof

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