To Hell With God
Review by Death8699 on June 18, 2019.
Deicide doesn't necessarily need an introduction, but I'll cover briefly on what their former name was and what happened to their lineup. They were originally formed as Amon before Glen created the name Deicide, which means to kill a God or Deity. When the Hoffman brothers left the band, that's when I lost all interest with them. After playing around with other band members, they came and went. Their current lineup features Glen Benton on vocals, Ralph Santolla on guitars, Jack Owen on rhythm guitar and Steve Asheim on drums.
The music on this album isn't entirely innovative or captivating. It features riffs that are mainly tremolo picked guitar bits that don't really stick with you. They really have gotten worse and worse over the years and nothing can top their 1992 release entitled Legion. The compositions here are mediocre and they don't really offer much besides Glen's boring vocals and music that's neither intriguing to listen to or give quarter to just isn't there. The distorted guitars lag in ingenuity and integrity which was what the band used to have to offer on their former releases.
Songs just start out with heavy guitars, but there isn't anything interesting about them. The drums fit well with the music, though the music itself just doesn't feel like the old Deicide I used to love and praise because of its ingenuity. They used to intrigue me much more so then than they do now. This album is about 35 minutes long with 11 tracks that don't last too long. Ralph's guitar leads are the highlight of this release and that's about it. Tempos vary and the intensity is high. This however isn't persuasive enough to cause you to be enthused with its originality.
Glen's nonsensical lyrics that deal with anti-Christianity and Satanism are mindless. I think that it's a better that you can't really understand what he's saying when he's grunting the vocal outputs. The chorus parts are easier to make out of, but on a whole, you need that lyric sheet to see what he is saying. He really doesn't think much about his lyrical concepts nor does he persuade the listener to like his voice. It's solely boring and monotonous, which isn't the case on the first 2 Deicide releases.
Don't do what I did and invest in this album because there really isn't anything interesting about it. The songwriting lags way behind, the vocals are such to where they can put you to sleep and the guitar riffs are way below their potential. None of the songs are very likeable or original sounding. Deicide should just call it quits because each album they put out gets worse and worse. It's a shame what a talented band they used to be turned into one hell of a boredom to listen to. The album title should read "To Hell With Deicide".
Rating: 5 out of 10