Deicide
Till Death Do Us Part


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
May 17th, 2008 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Redemption just doesn’t smell as good as it used to.

The Stench of Redemption was great. Forcefully melodic, brutal while still retaining a sense of credibility, it was only slightly let down by Benton’s tiresome vocals and the bands ridiculous image (although this doesn’t bear much relevance to the music). It was a big jump instrumentally, where the band proved that they could actually write good songs, not the repetitive dribble they used to play. So, I had high hopes for Deicide’s new album, Till Death Do Us Part, but for the most part, I was let down.

Personally, I don’t find Benton’s vocals all too appealing. They’re trite, and generally don’t vary in tone whatsoever. I’ll acknowledge the fact that Benton’s vocals on Till Death Do Us Part are decent compared to other Deicide albums, i.e. they’re quite deep and sonorous, without sounding crude or lame, but in terms of absolutes I would not deem him as a talented vocalist. Luckily for Benton the production on the album favors his fast paced gibbering. Even still, this doesn’t stop the vocals, and more generally the album, from being plagued by repetition. For one, I was not able to differentiate between most songs from a vocal stand point. Benton simply utters the lyrics in a similar rhythm throughout the album, satiating the sound and resulting in what is a poor album vocal wise. On a side note however, I really enjoyed Benton’s screaming vocals at the beginning of the track ‘Horror in the Halls of Stone’. A little bit of variety can go a long way.

As mentioned before, The Stench of Redemption was great from an instrumental perspective; it was heavy and fast, but still kept a sense of melody and originality. Traces of this are apparent on Till Death Do Us Part (it’s easily the band’s most similar album to Redemption), but a lot of the songs fall into a mish mash of riffing and drums that don’t really offer anything special. This is not to say that there aren’t good riffs on the album, and it’s an important thing to note that Deicide have once again shown they actually have some song-writing ingenuity, but to be frank the album pales alongside it’s most recent predecessor. I’m glad to note however that the moments in which Deicide actually slow the music down, or put a little melody into their solos (rather than the blisteringly fast and absolutely useless solos from early albums), are very good. These slower moments are few and far between on Till Death Do Us Part, and the solos are unfortunately not as prevalent as they were on The Stench of Redemption; they are there, they are quite good, but in my opinion were not utilized as much as they could have, and none of them were exceptional.

Steve Asheim, as he has always done, does nothing but impress on the album. Unrelenting and maniacal, his beats do wonders for the songs, and I’d be hard pressed to even follow this band if he wasn’t a member. Sadly, this one half of the rhythm section is the only half you’ll hear; Benton’s bass is again non-existent. I sometimes wonder why they bother keeping him.

Till Death Do Us Part is not a bad album, but after The Stench of Redemption, it just felt like a bit of a let down. It’s a little brash, but I would go as far as saying it feels like the leftovers from Redemption. This is not actually the case in reality, and it’s not to say the album is void of good songs, but as an album it just doesn’t have what it takes to be more than ‘reasonable’. They have potential to branch out from mediocrity, as they did with The Stench of Redemption, but Till Death Do Us Part unfortunately does not fully reach this potential.



Recent reviews by this author
Hoax HoaxHakaristi Hakaristi
Burial Invocation Rituals of the GrotesqueEibon Entering Darkness
Abe Sada / Sub Ordnance Redux / Organ GrinderIron Lung/Mind Eraser/HS/Scapegoat Brutal Supremacy
user ratings (210)
Chart.
2.8
good

Comments:Add a Comment 
Slaytan
May 17th 2008


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's still a good review...

Eliminator
May 17th 2008


2067 Comments


deth metal sux

bigguy69
May 18th 2008


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

whats wrong with their image?

rasputin
May 19th 2008


14544 Comments


eliminator

Anthracks
May 18th 2009


3740 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

4 sum reason i hav such an strong urge 2 check this out

Digging: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Lunarfall
May 18th 2009


3179 Comments


deicide the 2nd most boring band in death metal

rasputin
May 18th 2009


14544 Comments



4 sum reason i hav such an strong urge 2 check this out

if you've got the stench of redemption don't bother, if you haven't get stench of redemption

Waior
May 18th 2009


11451 Comments


What terrible artwork.

Possessed
June 3rd 2009


37 Comments


artwork sucks the album is great not better than TSOR but still very nice album

Anthracks
June 3rd 2009


3740 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

if you've got the stench of redemption don't bother, if you haven't get stench of redemption


i dont think i like that album but i havent listened to it in a very long time, the only thing i really like from these guys is their first album

twelvegates
September 6th 2009


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stench of Redemption was awesome. This was a letdown.

rasputin
September 7th 2009


14544 Comments


i dont think i like that album but i havent listened to it in a very long time, the only thing i really like from these guys is their first album

well this was the most similar to stench, and both of them are quite different from the earlier albums

twelvegates
September 13th 2009


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, Stench was a lot different than Deicide or Legion.

gutturalmaster
December 24th 2009


170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Deicide, what more can I say; these guys are getting more and more ridiculous. All the songs sound alike and Glen's vocals are getting weak. They've been using the same rhythms for the last few albums; don't waste your money on this one.

krig9412
March 27th 2010


794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You know, the fact this sucks may be because the ENTIRE album's theme is centered on the vocalist's divorce.

Fall3nAng3lSiN
June 7th 2010


2 Comments


Congrats to krig for getting the underlying message.
Yes, vocally, the album is more than somewhat lacking, but then, Deicide has never been much for impressive vocals; their music is more about the message, as the message is what truly makes black metal.
Listen to a few other black metal bands; their vocals rarely change at all, but musically and lyrically are some of the best-written groups around (i.e. Dimmu Borgir and Arsis).

Good review, but a little harsh IMO.

rasputin
June 7th 2010


14544 Comments


thanks for the comment, though deicide aren't black metal, they are death metal. same with arsis.

deicidefan
December 22nd 2010


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent album, but can't compare to their older releases.

Pyosisified
December 22nd 2010


2450 Comments


those suck too

BigBrother
December 23rd 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agree 100% with the review; the album sucked. they need to go back and listen to their old stuff, which it sounds like they're doing for the 2011 release



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy