Vital Remains
Dechristianize


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
November 25th, 2005 | 113 replies | 16,647 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


8 of 8 thought this review was well written

As rain falls, a man begins to read the accusations held against Jesus, said to be the Christ. He claims to be the Son of God, which sends the on looking crowd into a frenzy of anger.

The killing has now begun. Suddenly an onslaught of furious guitar riffs, psychotically fast drumming, and monstrous growling. Dechristianize is the product of over a decade of hard work and determination from one of Americaís finest death metal bands. While Europe may seem to be dominating the worldís current metal scene, Vital Remains has retained an aptitude for creating old-school death metal while sparing nothing of the technicality or brutality that metal has adapted to. For over an hour Dechristianize unrelentingly rips through blaring insanity, astonishing instrumental talent, and devious intertwining of melancholic breaks.

Vital Reaminsí newest album grabs you by the throat from the first second. If Let the Killing Begin didnít grab your attention, featuring a raging storm as Jesus Christ is sentenced, then you donít belong here. You may not belong in extreme metal altogether. Vital Remains is one of metalís most adamantly anti-Christian bands to have ever existed (in case the album title didnít say it all), and none of their music is for the faint of heart. This album from the fateful 2003 leaves no doubt as to why it is the most famous of all Vital Remains albums, mainly for three reasons. First of all, the album art/theme. The title itself is offensive. The cover supposed to ďcensor" the cover depicting disciples raping women features Christ dying on the cross with inverted crosses atop of it. Second, not only have they finally received a well-deserved larger label, but they also recruited Glen Benton of Deicide fame to handle all vocal duties. Bentonís vocals range from a piercing shriek to ear-shredding growls and fit the intent of the band perfectly.

The third reason: THE MUSIC KICKS ASS. If I havenít said it already, Iíll say it again. This is over a full hour of cunt-smashing intestinal-blocking death metal. Iíd give specific song examples but every song is applicable. There is no doubt that this is one of death metalís finest assets to date. However, the variation within the music cannot be overlooked.

By reading so far you may be inclined to believe that this is a mindless record of heaviness with no discrepancy. The talent each of these men posses in the field of music does not go without purpose. Founder Tony Lazaroís guitar playing provides an appropriate punch and the backbone on the album. Yet Vital Remainsí biggest edge to date is the acquisition of Dave Suzuki, a musical renaissance man. Not only does he shred all lead guitar lines, but also effortlessly plays all of the complex drumming, and adds the bandís bass. This is no small feat considering the intensity of Vital Remainsí music. The seamless blend of mellow yet emotional sections is what sets Dechristianize apart from other traditional death metal albums. Nearly every song is riddled with instrumental features to balance out the concentration of violence. The title track Dechristianize abruptly shifts from searing metal to very emotional, melodic harmonizing of the guitars, similar to that seen in Rush of Deliverence. Entwined by Vengeance also features somber Spanish guitar interludes to contrast one of the albums most blasphemous songs.

The track lengths may at first seem intimidating to a listener used to 3-4 minute metal experiences. With the shortest track (excluding the intro) clocking in at 5:45 and the others reaching as high as 10:00, it seems as though Vital Remains may have been pushing the envelope. However, one listen will prove that this is not the case. Tracks are crammed full of the best riffs and most memorable melodies and solos, creating the illusion that a nine-minute oeuvre is a mere few minutes of brief experiences.

Let none fool you. Dechristianize is one of modern metalís most prized possessions, and has every bit of substance to backup the excitement surrounding it. This album is captivating from start to finish and a must-have for any metal enthusiast. If you feel youíre up for some of the most mind-raping extreme metal of our time, then give Dechristianize a listen. You will not be disappointed, and you most certainly wonít be left unscathed.

A few recommended tracks:
- Dechristianize
- Infidel
- Rush of Deliverance
- Entwined by Vengeance

Pros:
- Fast, heavy, aggressive metal
- Never gets boring; plenty to hold interest
- Plenty of technicality

Cons:
- Brutality may be tiring
- Song lengths may be off-putting
- Repetitiveness of structures

Enjoy, and by all means, bang your head. \m/



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Jawaharal
November 25th 2005



1832 Comments


Cool review

masada
November 25th 2005



2733 Comments


To be honest, bands like this tend to piss me off. It seems like they go out of their way to like this, and their songs just come off as pretentious and over the top; sometimes bordering on just blatant self-parody (not obvious to themselves, though).

Jawaharal
November 25th 2005



1832 Comments


I agree with vauge. If anybody wanted to display an intelligent anti-christ statement they wouldn't create false and disgusting images of apostles raping women.

Shadows
Moderator
November 25th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretentious I disagree with, but going over the top is part of extreme metal I guess. The outward appearence looks bad but lyrically theiy're much more intelligent about their religious standpoint then what the cover looks like. Some people go for shock value (which I'm sure they are to some point) but many genuinely hate religion, like many metal bands.

Thanks anyway.

Auldy
November 25th 2005



351 Comments


congrast on 1000 comment man

Shadows
Moderator
November 25th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, I didn't even notice. Thank you.

Now let's get some death metal fans in here to talk about what an amazing album this is!

Toaster
November 25th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fine, it's a good review.This Message Edited On 11.25.05

Apathy
November 25th 2005



645 Comments


LET THE KILLING BEGIN


Good review...but did you really have to submit it the same day as toaster's?

circleofdeadchildren
November 26th 2005



119 Comments


Awesome Review,This album kicks ass I realy have to buy this.

Jawaharal
November 26th 2005



1832 Comments


Good review...but did you really have to submit it the same day as toaster's?

Shadows submitted his first.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mine came first. We had a talk about that.

Thanks everyone, I'm surprised this didn't get more responses. This album made Vital Remains pretty popular in the death metal scene, and for a good reason.

Apathy
November 26th 2005



645 Comments


From what I read in the Sputnik Forum, toaster started it first.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No. Let's not waste time talking about that. Me and him have already been through this.

Apathy
November 26th 2005



645 Comments


Fine.

Good review, Shadows. This is a damn scary CD, but Benton is a beast.

GuitaristPaul
December 5th 2005



51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review and amazing album.

Aakon_Keetreh
February 3rd 2006



448 Comments


i really want this

i have some of there old stuff

I love it

GuitaristPaul
February 18th 2006



51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Man, I have really enjoyed this album. It has just totally amazed me.

RiceMonster
February 18th 2006



62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. This is one of my favourite death metal albums. I especially like the guitar work.

Arucard
March 4th 2006



570 Comments


This is a CRAZY album. Its so darn brutal, and his sweeps are so good.

Apocalyptic Raids
March 4th 2006



810 Comments


Modern Death Metal done right.



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