Deicide
Once Upon the Cross


4.0
excellent

Review

by Illska90 USER (3 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2007 | 87 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Very good production, performace and song-writing, no problems, excluding the guitar solos, but it just isn't a classic.

Everyone knows how extremely Anti-Christian Deicide is, with track titles like "Kill the Christian" ect. but you have to listen to them to grasp how evil Glen Benton sounds and how cathcy their guitar riffs are. This 1995 release follows the same tradition as their two first album, recorded at the same studio and sounds great, if you like death metal production, otherwise this may sound a little dead to you.

What I liked about this album is that no song goes over 4 minutes in length, I've never really felt that death metal can pull off epic songs, exept maybe for Nile, and Deicide don't even try, they know that if they want their songs to be brutal all the way through, the songs can't be long. Demons and gods make good stories and are often fun and interresting to read, but it's sad that people actually take it seriously. So, on the lyrics, they don't ruin the songs but few are outstanding, no horror movie penning either, which is a plus.
The singing, is Glen Benton, if you don't like his singing/grunting/screaming you will not appreciate this album, He and John Tardy (Obituary) invented the agressive low pitch growling as far as I know . Althoug, one strange fact is that his higher, possessed sounding voice found on Deicide and Legion seems to have disapeared. The rythm guitars on this album are amazing, the library of good death metal riffs on every single Deicide release is just incredible.
The drumming is also very good and at times Steve manages to be very creative, though he never tries to just show off, the drumming is also insanely solid all the way through, he makes it sound so easy. Glen's bass is either very, very tight, or it's not there and the guitars are very very thick, I'm guessing that the first one is correct but you don't really notice the bass, anyway it's not a drawback since the bass seems allways to follow the guitars.
The solos on this album I hate. I hate the solos. There allways seems to be some need for the Hoffmans to show the death metal community that they can do arpeggios, (For those who don't know what it is, it's chords played one note at a time, a broken chord if you will, and on guitar performed by sweping across normally 4 or 5 strings in a run, one or two notes a string). The solos could be more inventive, that's the only downside of this album. the record is about 28 minutes long and thus never gets stale.

Reccomended Tracks:
Behind The Light Thou Shall Rise
Once Upon The Cross
Trick Or Betrayed


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rattlehead42147
June 2nd 2007


1345 Comments


well done!
the possessed voice you mentioned is what sets deicide apart a little so i hate to see that one go. however i'm not a huge fan of the band, their first cd was iffy

chimera908
June 2nd 2007


713 Comments


Good 2nd review. I like the first two and the latest two Deicide albums. However I prefer Benton in Vital Remains much, much more.

LifeInABox
June 2nd 2007


3709 Comments


Lengthen it up, spilt it into different paragraphs and it makes it much easier to read.

kalkal50
June 3rd 2007


2386 Comments


Your opinion, but this album doesn't go beyond 3.5 compared to Stench of Redemption. Also, I would vote, but the format really turns me off.

MeowMeow
June 3rd 2007


662 Comments


I've never understood the big deal with Deicide. Legions was a pretty good album, but I've always found the rest of their stuff mediocre.

Dethtrasher
June 3rd 2007


2211 Comments


Your profile name makes me think, are you also a Swede?
I mean, Illska is actually the swedish word for anger.

kalkal50
June 3rd 2007


2386 Comments


i was thinking the exact same thing..

CoRpSeSlAyEr
June 3rd 2007


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In my opinion, Deicides best album. I like them all, but if i had to pick a favorite i would have to pick this, or Legion.

Illska90
June 4th 2007


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm from Iceland, and Illska means evil over here.
I thought I had put more paragraphs, I did the review in WordPad first, but it came out differentelly[sic!] here.


MrKite
June 4th 2007


5020 Comments


I had a dream about Deicide last night. Well, my whole dream was a mixture of random stuff, but at the end some guy said listen to Deicide.

Illska90
June 7th 2007


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How can one listen to Deicide and also Sigur Rós? One must wonder...
I listen to Richard Wagner though so I can't really be pointing fingers.

bigguy69
April 14th 2009


199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

deicides best album imo...but ive yet to give their first a good hearty listen

InHumanForm
December 5th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Legion is their best album.

gutturalmaster
January 15th 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Songs are decent, nothing too special; the typical Glen singing

KILL
April 22nd 2010


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck tha haters this shit rules hard

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KILL
February 27th 2011


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

confessional rape m/

KILL
May 10th 2011


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea

KILL
May 10th 2011


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

CHRIST DENIED

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2011


20741 Comments


m/

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Psychopathologist
May 10th 2011


1924 Comments


sorry kill i cant help you here i cant stand this band :/ it pains me when our joys cant be united in a metal thread



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