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Inineratehymn - 90%

sysyphis, March 12th, 2008

Okay, there is a lot of hate for this band out there and I am going out on a limb by saying I have been and will always be a fan of everything this band puts out. Biased review? Probably so, but here goes.

This record and In Torment In Hell seem to be the two most hated of Deicide's discography. Insineratehymn is stripped of the "semi-technical" riffs that appeared on Legion and Once Upon the Cross, but these riffs are catchy and bare bones in a good way.

Bible Basher starts it off with some meaty riffage that is mid paced and sets the stage for the rest of the record. Because of the space that allows the music to breathe more, the vocals seem more in your face than ever before. The bass is also audible and gives a heavier, fatter bottom to the whole thing.
The bass lines are as simple as they come, but fit the riffs perfectly.

The production seems slightly dry, and a good example of this is the opening riff to Standing In The Flames. This is a good thing. It is a different sounding and constructed record for Deicide.

Of course the lyrics are always criticized and they are no different in this case, but after listening to existentialist black metal pondering the transcendence of astral planes and third rate lyrical subject matter, it is nice to hear some good old fashioned, simple god slaying lyrics. This isn't rocket science, and nobody in Deicide ever claimed it as so.

The pace picks up on Halls of Warship, and Apocalyptic Fear. Speed comes into play again and seems more to ooze more power set against the slower pace of the rest of the record. The songs themselves are constructed so they are catchy and brutal. The band sped it up again on the next album In Torment In Hell, but then got criticized for doing so. Some say they should have given it up after Legion. I for one, am glad they kept it going.