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In The Minds Of Evil - 71%

Buarainech, January 31st, 2014

Deicide are a band who certain people have been wanting to fail for the past few years. On the one hand you have the keyboard warriors for whom Glenn Benton is a favourite easy target for all the bullshit he spouts (remember when he was supposed to kill himself 13 years ago?) and then the perpetual grudge-holders who can tell you the times and places of every gig the band have cancelled on them (one friend of mine is up to 7 cancellations now!) Those lucky enough to have seen Deicide in the past decade comment on how lacking in passion their live shows now are, and let us not forget the exiled Hoffman brothers who not doubt have been watching the band's second career slump with 'Til Death Do Us Part and To Hell With God and are rubbing their hands with glee waiting for an implosion. With all these vultures circling though Benton and Asheim have pulled something altogether not that bad out of the hat and stuck their middle fingers up in true Florida Death Metal redneck style, probably mildly annoying everyone in the process who was wanted to see a complete musical self-immolation.

The distorted Michael Caine in The Dark Knight quote that begins the opening title track here is admittedly a bit dumb and doesn't exactly instil confidence, but the track itself is fairly decent- riffy, up-tempo and memorable. It's not quite an opening salvo on par with “The Stench Of Redemption”, but it's a shite side better than “The Beginning Of The End” from Til Death Do Us Part and “To Hell With God”.

“Thou Begone” and “Godkill” keep things fairly decent, the latter having a more than decent vocal line in the chorus, but 4 tracks in “Beyond Salvation” drops the first dud. It isn't much shorter than the rest of the songs here, but its generic riffs going absolutely nowhere and this is a theme continued on several tracks like “Fallen To Silence.” Others like “Kill The Light Of Christ” and “End The Wrath Of God” get by on a decent riff or vocal line, but the main problem with this album is how formulaic its songs are. “Misery Of One” is the only track to really break out of this rut with its sweet running tempo change lead that proves to be the most memorable point of this album. Nothing else really comes close to match it, anything else of quality like Jack Owen's soloing on “Even The Gods Can Bleed” is so because of its reassuring sameyness. Benton's vocals for example are also stronger than the average for this album on this track, with him sounding slightly more intelligible, but thankfully not more intelligent. This is Deicide after all- single-minded bloody blasphemy is exactly what we want to hear. [7/10]

From WAR ON ALL FRONTS A.D. 2013 zine- www.facebook.com/waronallfronts