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Their best since Stench of Redemption - 83%

6CORPSE6GRINDER6, July 5th, 2017

After Deicide released the decent but lackluster Scars of the Crucifix and the Hoffman brothers left, you didn't know what to expect from a band with such a consolidated line-up. Luckily, they were replaced by 2 guitarists even better than them: Jack Owen -ex Cannibal Corpse- and master lead guitarist Ralph Santolla. Composition now relies primarily on drummer Steve Asheim with contributions from the rest of the band too. The infeed from the new guitarists, some serious riffs from Jack’o and solos by Santolla, made Stench of Redemption an absolute killer but they couldn't consolidate that line-up; Santolla left the band a couple of years later, leaving no room for a second part of that masterpiece. It isn't until In the Minds of Evil that they got back in shape after a couple of ultra boring albums.

I'm not quite sure how the addition of Kevin Quirion on guitars to replace Santolla makes Deicide better, since he played on those mediocre recent albums too, but checking the songwriting credits I noticed he composed the most memorable and catchy tunes of this record, saving it. The rest is pretty good too but doesn't have the same impact, take for example the album opener written by him, it's an absolute killer. Another thing that fascinates me is how easily he mimics the traditional Deicide sound, some of his contributions sound more Deicide than Asheim’s which is kind of funny. The classic tetric guitar lines are still there, melodic but full of evil, fast and relentless. The same mid tempo, laid back style of riffing accompanied by a thrash drum beat of their golden era is still present, but the drummer has gotten way better with the years, adding a modern touch to the vintage sound of the band by playing faster and more machine like and aggressively. Bass guitar doesn't stand out that much but it's there somewhere beneath the strings and the drums. They tried to polish a shiny tone with both weight and glitter but the level isn't high enough. Guitars sound amazing, heavily distorted, sharp as axes with a warm vibrating fuzz on them. Vocals are mainly low grunts with some occasional mid pitched screams but the shrieks from the old days are gone, Benton feels the weight of the years but manages to pull out a solid performance. In the percussion department we have a beast kicking the shit out of the drum kit. Blast beat sections and fills are executed perfectly at insane speeds and the quality of the recording favours it a lot. The contrast between blast beats, mid tempo sections with different combinations on the bass drums and “tupa tupa” parts makes the record very rich rhythmically.

The production is what you expect from a band of this tier: crystal clear. The mix is technically perfect and the album itself is an enjoyable piece of old school death metal produced with modern recording techniques and equipment and a brilliant drummer. Even if it's not legendary, it is the best record they released in years, giving the feel of a comeback. I thought they were dead.