(Roadrunner Records) Enslain Magazine Issue #8
Would you believe me if I told you that this is where Deicide jumps ship and goes hip-hop? I didn't think so, and fortunately that will never happen but even that would be less of a surprise than first hearing this CD! The music sounds a bit removed from their previous efforts. Overall, the album has somewhat of a slower vibe to it. The fast parts (some of which, I dare say, almost sound 'black metal') are still present, but now they share the stage with slower riffs than I am accustomed to hearing in Deicide. Glenn Benton's vocal persecutions remain as viscous as ever, with even his usual phrasing and meter intact. It is interesting to see this remain constant, in contrast to the difference in overall hymn dynamics. This all could sound like a step backwards, but in fact, its a welcome progression. There is greater emphasis on song structure and individuality than before.
This will no doubt take a few listens to become familiar. Ten years since their classic self-titled debut, Deicide remain a formidable entity in the death-metal world, having remained true to their own visions, which have evolved without embracing trends.