Deicide
In Torment In Hell


2.0
poor

Review

by hollowedoutchest USER (3 Reviews)
July 19th, 2013 | 12 replies | 1,398 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The rational minded among us might suppose that, a single year after one of your flagship death metal acts released their most mediocre effort to date, you'd want them to take to their time when next they enter the studio. If the members of Deicide are to be believed, this was not the case for In Torment In Hell, a purported rush job at the bequest of Roadrunner. Why am I not surprised? This is the same label, after all, which rose (or fell) from genuine greatness in the 80s to one of the trendiest cash whores in all the extreme music industry. The label that, two years hence, would release the worthless 'Best of' Deicide compilation to squeeze a few more bucks beyond this heap of negligible returns...

As it turns out, though, the production and the album art (which isn't frankly all that bad, merely a re-integration of past cover symbols) are not the only impediments to this wretched low. The songwriting is equally to blame, a collection of mundane and uninteresting riffs that offer nothing the band hadn't already delivered in exponentially greater quality on their formative releases Deicide (1990) and Legion (1992). In fact, the music here is so mediocre that it makes the vapid, ridiculous leads sound positively angelic by comparison, as wild and meaningless as they tend to be. In Torment In Hell is perhaps closer to the band's roots than as Insiniteratehymn, but where that album still had the capacity to bust out a half-decent guitar pattern, these are treacherously forgotten within seconds of their passing. Your typical mix of grooving chugs over double bass and explosive old school speed picking that in no way comes off effectively malevolent or even muscular (arguably the band's one strength on their better works).

The vocals might occasionally resonate along with Benton's finer performances, but their meter comes off wholly generic and derivative of the band's back catalog. I'm seriously hard pressed to think of even one riff I appreciated on the album. Even the tighter tracks like the mosh intensive "Let It Be Done" and "Imminent Doom", or the thrashing closer "Lurking Among Us" fall flat on their inverted crosses. Don't even get me started on the title track, which is perhaps the worst on the album, a poor choice for an opener. As the band would agree, the mix sounds like ***. Pick any random demo from a brutal death metal band around the turn of the century and you're likely to find better. I like the zip of the leads, but only because their frivolous tone makes them stand pitchfork and horns above the rest of this lazy, lamentable lattice. Deicide have released other disappointments through their career, but this might have given Jesus the last laugh if they hadn't decided to survive through it.


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hollowedoutchest
July 19th 2013



4 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

so yeah, can't believe no one had reviewed this yet

KILL
July 19th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

m/

BigPleb
July 19th 2013



28543 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Heard this sucks.

psyclonus
July 19th 2013



94 Comments


i can't even remember one song off this album. never listen to anything after Serpents Of The Light
these days, they seemed to turn into a parody of themselves and Benton's vocals fell into monotonous
droning territory. the superb first 4 albums are all the Deicide i'll ever need.

KILL
July 19th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

stench is great but yea pretty much

psyclonus
July 19th 2013



94 Comments


i will admit that some decent songs do pop up here and there on their latter albums for sure, but as a whole they'll never match the early stuff. i'd love Benton to use the demonic style from the first album again. still one of the best vocal performances around.

TheSpirit
July 19th 2013



16662 Comments


worst osdm by far

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NeroCorleone80
July 19th 2013



26867 Comments


ya

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KILL
July 19th 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

if you dont dig s/t ur p much a homo

DikkoZinner
July 19th 2013



1708 Comments


Deicide plans on releasing a new album sometime in 2013. (per wiki)

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Permabanned
July 19th 2013



1181 Comments


OF GODS CREATAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Surtur
July 19th 2013



461 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Nice review, this is easily their worst album. I didn't even mind Insineratehymn, but this is just shit.



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