Deicide
To Hell With God


4.5
superb

Review

by ScurvyDave USER (2 Reviews)
February 21st, 2011 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


After the decent but slightly repetitive "Till Death Do Us Part", Deicide return with another exhilarating death metal journey doing what they do best: Hating God. Gone are Glen Benton's rants about how his now ex-wife sucks are replaced with the blasphemous lyrics of old that we as Deicide fans have come to know and love. But, lyrics have never been the main draw for Deicide. I am glad to say to you, people of the internet, that Deicide's music is in fine form. They sound pissed off, technical and downright inspired on this record.

Gone are the problems that many fans had with TDDUP. The production this time around is clean and crisp, letting every instrument (even Benton's bass) be heard with relative clarity. This isn't to say that "To Hell With God" sounds like a Whitechapel record, though. The clean production just makes their technical skill, especially Steve Asheim's inhuman drumming, shine and hit with power. This seems to be the general theme of the album as well, which works to Benton and co.'s advantage. Songs are normally around the 3 to 3.5 minute mark, and have enough variation to keep you interested and banging your head for the whole song, while not sounding like rushed and/or unfinished ideas. Ex-Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen and guitar wizard Ralph Santolla (who is also a current member in Obituary) play a far more prominent role than on TDDUP, and the quality of music greatly increases. While Owen does absolutely no guitar solos, he does have a hand in crafting 2 songs on the record, and completely wrote the music for another two. His contributions are heavy, a little slower (by Deicide standards) and feature an abundance of catchy moments. This isn't to say Asheim took this one off, though. His writing is in peak form for not only Deicide, but the death metal genre in general. The best way to experience this is to just listen to it, as all I can say is, it just works. It just FEELS like you're listening to a great death metal album, and it gives you the urge to come back and give it another spin.

The question on everyone's mind that I have avoided for this entire review is the obvious one: Is it as good as "The Stench of Redemption"? The short answer, yes. It is as good, but not better. On one hand, the production sounds better here, but it doesn't have the "Holy ***!" moments that Stench had (see the "Homage for Satan" solo, for instance). Santolla's leads are in fine form on this record, and are less abundant than on Stench, and a bit shorter too. It sounds more like older Deicide than Stench did, almost like a bit of "Serpents of the Light" mixed with "Once Upon the Cross", and some melodic elements from Stench thrown in tastefully for good measure (especially in the epic closer "How Can You Call Yourself A God").

In closing, I cannot recommend only a few tracks from this album, as my favorite song from it changes daily. The level of quality and enjoyment for me was so consistent that it just seems wrong to recommend just a few songs. However, if you haven't already heard the stream of "Hang In Agony Until You're Dead" (which came out before the album did), give that a listen. If the speedy ferociousness leading up to the "breakdown" (don't worry, it's not just one note in a deathcore rhythm) which I challenge you to NOT bang your head to doesn't get your blood flowing and make you want to buy this record, I don't know what will. All in all, "To Hell With God" is more than worthy of a purchase, and I for one do not see this leaving my CD player for a long time to come. It's only February, but I can see this on many metalhead's end of the year Top 10 lists. Great job, gentlemen.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Pyosisified
February 21st 2011


2450 Comments


agreed

Hep Kat
February 21st 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is gay

Pyosisified
February 21st 2011


2450 Comments


no

this is deicide

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2011


16410 Comments


Still haven't bothered to listen to this.

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KILL
February 21st 2011


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i gota hear this

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Hawks
February 21st 2011


35824 Comments


This definitely isn't gonna be a 4.5.

KILL
February 21st 2011


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how u know

Dryden
February 21st 2011


12928 Comments


pretty boring album overall

KILL
February 21st 2011


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

but dude

dm/m/m/

BigHans
February 21st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Fuck this band. Fuck Glen Benton.

KILL
February 21st 2011


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ha

Hep Kat
February 21st 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i mean i thought this might be good for a few seconds after i put it on for the first time. then i listened to all of it



man my instincts suck

KILL
February 21st 2011


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its no ONCE UPON THE CROSS

srm90
February 21st 2011


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Till Death Do Us Part was horrible. I'm glad they've come back with something good so I can forget all about the last album.

Willie
Moderator
February 21st 2011


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Best album I've ever heard from them. Review has some minor issues. One more proof read would have probably helped (or just let Word work its magic).

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asaf
February 21st 2011


885 Comments


^^ what is this avatar?

Willie
Moderator
February 21st 2011


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2011


7046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

is this album actually worth buying? or just waiting to borrow it from a friend and ripping it to your computer.

ScurvyDave
February 21st 2011


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

KILL: I know it's not, but they went back to what they did on that album: not overextend some songs like on TDDUP...and it was pretty fuckin heavy
m/-_- m/

IpodMastery: If you consider yourself a big Deicide fan, buy it, it's worth it for the quality of the sound you get on a good stereo system. If not, then I'd buy "Stench of Redemption" or "Legion" or "Once Upon the Cross", and definitely download or rip "Scars of the Crucifix".

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2011


7046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like them, but not by much.



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