They Say :- The most infamous blasphemers in heavy metal history, DEICIDE, have triumphantly returned with their long-awaited new album “To Hell With God”. This smoldering heap of brutality will certainly find itself at the forefront of much backlash due to its themes but critics will not be able to deny the sheer brilliance of a band that has once again redefined the face of death metal.
Filled to the brim with violent blast beats, murderously thrashing passages, intense melodic leads and Glen Benton’s most dynamic and devastating vocals ever, “To Hell With God” leaves no doubt that the forerunners of the Florida death metal sound who brought you such classics as the self-titled debut or 1992’s “Legion” are back at the spearhead of the international extreme music scene. The new opus was produced by Steve Asheim and Glen Benton himself along with Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Chimaira, Devildriver).
“To Hell With God” has been one of the most anticipated new releases in recent memory since DEICIDE inked with Century Media Records in 2009, so prepare yourself for the return of evil and look forward to constant tour activity throughout 2011!
We Say :- You really have to give Deicide credit. Formed in 1987, here’s a band that have definitely paid their dues to the death metal scene. Over the course of 24 years, various line-up and record company changes and nine studio albums (this latest one being their tenth) they have built up a solid and dedicated fan base who will no doubt take this album to their hearts as they have with each record since the release of their self titled debut in 1990.
What about new fans, though? Is this album going to suddenly earn them legions of new followers? Will they move away from the club circuit, and find themselves packing out arenas around the globe? Well, to be honest, the answer to all those questions is “no”….
But that’s not really the point.
You probably already know if you’re going to buy this album or not, and if you are, (as with many bands with this much history), what it basically comes down to is one simple question…
“Are the songs any good?”
Happily, the answer to this question, is a resounding “Yes!”
Kicking off with the title track, To Hell With God certainly shows it means business from the start. Riffs come flying at you think and fast, the drums rattle along at a ridiculous pace, and Glen Barton’s growl is as wonderful as ever. One thing that is instantly noticeable as each track passes is the consistently high level of songwriting on offer here. In the past the band have occasionally struggled in the quality control department, and as a result some of their previous output has been patchy.
Not so this time around, with each of the ten songs on this release being of a very high standard indeed.
That’s not to say there aren’t standout moments, oh no. Conviction is a particular highlight. Slower than what has gone before, and more powerful for it, for my money it’s one of the best songs they’ve written in years. Honourable mentions must also go to the wonderfully titled Hang In Agony Until You’re Dead and the blistering Servant Of The Enemy, but there isn’t actually a weak track on the whole album.
Thirty six minutes after it started, it’s all over, and what you’re left with is a very worthy addition to the Deicide back catalogue. OK, so it won’t change your life, but if you are a fan of the band, and indeed the genre, you could do a hell of a lot worse than to add this to your shopping list.