Deicide
The Stench of Redemption


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Johnson USER (4 Reviews)
September 14th, 2006 | 94 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


If the Devil actually had his own gospel, then Deicide, a band's name that literally means death to deities, with the release of their new album, "The Stench of Redemption", would be Hell's choir. The evil atmosphere around Decide never really drew my attention to their music, it was the first time I heard the title track song off their 2004 release, "Scars of the Crucifix", that turned me into a fan of this band's music. Deicide has been around for a pretty long time now and has gone through a few line-up changes, and their style has gradually evolved over time as well.

But even a death metal band this old can still create a solid sounding album, and now with Jack Owen from the legendary Cannibal Corpse and Ralph Santolla on the electric guitars, Decide delivers an album full of insanely fast riffs, heavy blast beats, and even more technical drum work. It's fair to say that this is probably their greatest work yet, and Glen Benton, Deicide front man, isn't sure if this will be his last album or not. After hearing this album though you can agree that hopefully this won't be his last album for Deicide. With the excellent work done on this album, I'm eager to see what they can do next.

"The Stench of Redemption" was released on 6/6/06, surprised? Production on this album I can say is rather good, but at times it's hard to hear some of the riffage due to the insaness of the drums. I love double bass drum, and if you do too then you have nothing to worry with this album. Steve Asheim, drummer for Deicide, has improved so much since this band first started. He uses a lot more variation and excellent fills for these tracks, and after you listen you'll agree that this is one of death metal's top drummers. The guitar work is even more worth the listen. One thing that I really like about Deicide is they use a lot of fast speed-picking riffs, real fast, almost sounds like one note at some times. The heavy open and palm-muted power chords are always present as well, but not nearly as noticeable as the lead guitar work done on this album. If you like what Nergal from Behemoth can do, then you will love what these guys have to offer, more or less. The guitarists use a large combination and variety of arpeggios, harmonics, soloing, and melody to blow their listeners away, it did to me anyways. I love the timing changes throughout the album, and there are no weak transitions between riffs.

Overall I think the album is excellent in the death metal genre, not absolutely superb or a classic, but straight up an excellent display of musicianship. I don't know where everyone stands on this guy's vocals, but for me I think it's a good vocal, the high and low. It sounds like pure evil, and I'm pretty sure that's the exact impression he wants to give the listeners, so good job Glen, even though I really can't understand exactly what you’re saying. Deicide is very unique in there own way, and if you're a Cannibal Corpse and/or Behemoth fan, then nothing should be stopping you from picking up this album.

Pros:
- Great work done with the guitars, lead and rhythm.
- The drumming is exceptionally good for death metal.
- Lots of timing changes and variation.
- The vocals lines are aggressive and sound purely evil.

Cons:
- Some may be annoyed by the vocals, understandable.
- Drumming can be too loud at times and mute out the riffage.

I recommend all the tracks, because they are all different from each other and all deserve multiple times of listening to.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apocalyptic Raids
September 14th 2006


810 Comments


Nice review, man. I haven't heard all of it yet, but the EP sounded alright.

Wish
September 14th 2006


262 Comments


I love this album. The Stench Of Redemption, Homage To Satan and The Lord's Sedition are all top class tracks. This album is miles better than Scars Of The Crucifix.

wikuk
September 14th 2006


1110 Comments


Very good review. People may call it short, but I call it "to the point". You barely wasted any words and you described the band very well. As for the band, I probably not gonna listen to them since I'm against satanism and all the things around them.

diefamous
September 14th 2006


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I understand where your coming from. My best friend is very much a Christian and hates this band's lyrics, but he loves the music instrumentally. Personally I don't like the fact at how much these guys down christianity, but in the end it really doesn't bother me. Thanks for the positive comments by the way, I appreciate it much .

Thor
September 14th 2006


10192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually hate this band, but good review anyways.

Shadows
Moderator
September 14th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dammit, I was going to do this. I guess I'll just wait a while. The album slays.

But I have to say, your review completely omitted some of the most major points of the album.This Message Edited On 09.14.06

diefamous
September 14th 2006


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Even if I did I'm just hoping I can convince the reader to give this album a listen based on the info I did give, oh well.

Cravinov13
September 15th 2006


3854 Comments


This is a good effort by Deicide. I saw them on the Discovery Channel last night in a death metal documentary about satanism and the bs the media give the name.

Shadows
Moderator
September 15th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

(Heart) Deicide! I wish I could've seen that.

This album rapes, easily their best along with Legion. :D

diefamous
September 15th 2006


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah my buddy watched that last night too, wish I could've seen it.

MIKE666
September 16th 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I LOVE "HOMAGE TO SATAN" OH YEAH LOVE THE REVIEW DUDE.. THIS BAND HAS REALLY CHANGED OVER TIME, BUT THEY STILL SOUND KILLER. CAN'T WAIT TO GET THE NEW ALBUM

Baldrick
September 28th 2006


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

THIS ALBUM OWNS (especially the first track)!

Oh yeah, and nice review too.

diefamous
November 11th 2006


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The first track kicks ass no doubt

wikuk
November 23rd 2006


1110 Comments


Dude, stop writing in capital letters, I can get very angry about such things.

Intransit
January 20th 2007


2797 Comments


I might check this album out. I've heard some of the solos are wicked. Good Review.

jameskukucka
March 26th 2007


308 Comments


Amazing album, I downloaded it recently cause it was on rate your music's top 100 albums of '06 and I can't stop listening to it. I don't think I've ever been so impressed by a death metal record, I'm definitely getting Legion next based on recommendations.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
March 26th 2007


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Legion is good, but their self-titled album is a little bit better. And yes The Stench of Redemtion is very good.

symphonyofdissent
May 5th 2007


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I am a big fan of Legion and the S/T album, but damn this cd blows all of their other work away...

Where did this pissed off, focused and incredible Deicide come from? Maybe doing work for Vital Remains has done Beton some good (Another amazing band with an amazing new release this year)

WARPATH_88
May 5th 2007


514 Comments


Love these guys.

Cravinov13
May 5th 2007


3854 Comments


I need to get this, for alas I have only streamed it before.This Message Edited On 05.05.07



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