I have never been a Deicide fan. And that’s largely due to Glen Benton’s vocals. I just wasn’t into that style of singing, not at all. However, something happened last week. I can’t put my finger on it, but when I received a copy of their latest album In the Minds of Evil from Century Media Records, something happened. I liked it. A lot. I was having one of the worst days at work, and when I put this record on, I felt ready to take on the world. Now before we go any further, no I don’t own any other Deicide records, so I have nothing to compare this one to. And quite frankly I couldn’t care less about any anti-religious, or satanic lyrics. There was something about the riffs and drums coupled with the growls that just made me wanna trash a hotel room and hurl a television out of the window all rock star-like!
The opener “In the Minds of Evil” sets a good thrashy, death metal tone, but it’s the second song “Thou Begone” that had me sitting up right away. I love the riffage and the blast beats. Nevermind the goddamn message, to be honest, I don’t understand half of what he’s saying, but the guitars and drums on this thing are fucking great! “Godkill” comes in with buzzsaw riffs and pounding beats and was another favorite right away. The solos on this one shred, too. Not too overindulgent, but enough to make you admire the musicianship. They’re just right. I guess you could say they’re the porridge Goldilocks chose.
A fair amount of melody creeps in for “Beyond Salvation” and especially on “Misery of One”. Don’t get me wrong, the guttural growls are there in full force, and Benton sounds like he ate a bowl of Gravel Cereal, but the music is very interesting and not stuck in some repetitive rut. This also goes for “Between the Flesh and the Void” which is one of this album’s best cuts for sure, as is “Even the Gods Can Bleed”. I think this one has my favorite arrangements next to “Godkill”, just grab-you-by-the-throat fucking metal! There’s a reason these have been on repeat a lot in my office, trust me.
“Trample the Cross” (nice, huh?) is rife with guitar pyrotechnics and should be a good one live, if they elect to perform it on tour. Nice tempo changes, too. “Fallen to Silence” and “Kill the Light of Christ” (love it!) are pure fucking aggression, with some speed to boot, but they’re mostly angry, just the way I like ‘em. Perhaps they’ll find their way onto my Christmas playlist. Closer “End the Wrath of God” is ANOTHER killer song that I couldn’t get enough of as well. I can’t say it enough, I was never a fan of Deicide, but this record managed to strike a death metal-y chord in me that even I didn’t know I had. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll investigate some of their other works to see what I’ve been missing all these years.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Godkill”, “Even the Gods Can Bleed”, “Thou Begone”, “Between the Flesh and the Void”