Deicide have always been known as a unrelenting brutal band. There is no middle ground with these blasphemous Son’s of Satan. You either love them or hate them. Throughout the years there has always been some sort of controversy over what notorious front man Glen Benton has said, or burned in his head. The debate about the departure the Hoffman brothers. The stale, somewhat vanilla offerings that were released after the first four Deicide albums, which were met with such praise. The cancelling of tour dates, conflict with other bands. I am a huge fan of the first four releases, throw out “To Hell With God’, as that was the effort to get out of the contract with Roadrunner Records. From 2000- 2011 there were moments that made me think that was awesome! As a whole, things did get a bit stale. Well welcome to 2013, and “In the Minds of Evil”.
Welcome to the fold second guitarist Kevin Quirion, who has played with the band a few years back. Steve Asheim is a phenomenal drummer . Jack Owen is a guitarist that helped start the death metal genre. Kevin seems to have come in and light a fire under Deicide’s collective asses.”Once Upon the Cross” and “Serpents of the Light”, were the last albums to have that Deicide sound. Other albums seem to have it in bits and pieces here and there. The band seems to have what was missing for a while, that traditional fat chunky , and off the wall crazy soloing that fans will remember from the old school sound the band has. Steve’s drumming has never sounded better to me. Which brings me to Glen Benton’s vocals and bass work. Glen, holy shit , good to hear your bass! The vocals are those older sounding growls, mixed with new. The production , handled by Jason Suecof adds that whole “Legion” vibe to the effort.
Overall I give “In the Minds of Evil” a 9 out of 10. From the first note played on the title track, you know you are in for a very rough and brutal ride. The album seems to get better as it moves ahead. The fast chunky riffs, blazing solos, devastating drum and bass attack is unrelentless. I can’t stop listening to tracks like “Godkill”, and “Beyond Salvation”. How can a Deicide fan not be fired up to hear such crushing songs like “Trample the Cross”, and “Even the Gods Can Bleed”. Is this “Legion”, or “Once Upon the Cross” part 2? No, and any fan would appreciate that it is not a retread. Is it a throwback to the classic early Deicide sound? Yes it most certainly is, so go tell it on the most unholy of mountains, The Evil has returned.
1- In the Minds of Evil
2- Thou Begone
4- Beyond Salvation
5- Misery of One
6- Between the Flesh and the Void
7- Even the Gods Can Bleed
8- Trample the Cross
9- Fallen to Silence
10- Kill the Light of Christ
11- End the Wrath of God
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