Deicide
In the Minds of Evil


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
November 30th, 2013 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The old lustre for Deicide’s brand of death metal has faded out of the band’s sound, but that doesn’t stop Glen Benton and Co. from achieving a steady, albeit plain death metal record in 2013.

For those who have followed the band’s initial footsteps, or relished the chance to own a vinyl copy of the group’s self-titled debut, Deicide are seen as the genre’s forerunners. Arguably, the quality levels have dipped over the years, but for the most part Deicide represent exactly what the general metal community expects in the death metal genre. Satanist, groove-laden, hateful, technicality, aggression and death -- the basic elements either lyrically or visually (even from their debut) are all present on the group’s 2013 release. The only problem is (which seems to be a lasting issue) is that Deicide are stuck in a death metal rut, hoping to get out of this slump.

Most familiar with the genre know exactly what to expect with a Deicide release; any of the adjectives found in the above paragraph will suffice for a description of the band. Fortunately for ‘In The Minds Of Evil’ the news is not all bad. Glen Benton is infamous in the world of metal, or at least his antics are (how many people willingly brand an upside-down cross on their forehead?), 2013 shows a band at least trying to stick to their original sound AND stay relevant in today’s music. Sure, it’s not going to have the same impact as the band’s earlier releases but there are some tracks worthy of the Deicide fame to be found here. The album opener, and title track brings back the glory of quasi-Slayer riffs and surprisingly catchy vocal phrases. Take heed, listeners are not getting anything new here, nor are Deicide actually trying but for a band trying to make the right impression, “In The Minds Of Evil” brings back an old Morbid Angel feel, which is enough to set the tone for the record.

Instrumentally, everything is competently sound. Blast beats ensure a damaging rumbling sound, coinciding with a rather limited riffage onslaught. Benton’s vocal range doesn’t stretch to far from his past work, especially the latter half of the band’s career where deep growls dominate the higher pitched shrieks. It wouldn’t hurt for Benton to stretch back into his earlier styles of work, adding variance into Deicide’s modern attempts at death metal, adding interest back to this done and done again style of traditional death metal. Benton’s vocal effort is the talking point of the record, although not for a supremely impressive display. In fact, in parts throughout ‘In The Minds Of Evil’ Benton sounds like an over-tired toddler, in desperate need of a rest but will fight the very idea of a sleep. It’s not bad, but it’s very far from great.

Overall it’s hard to imagine Deicide ever hitting the glory days of old, it’s not impossible but with various line-up changes and a done before sound, the chances remain unlikely. The debate’s still out whether Deicide should hang up their gear and head for a quiet nostalgic adventure on a rocking chair, but for now the music speaks plainly for itself.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2013


18241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sup guys : ]

Necrotica
November 30th 2013


10693 Comments


"Pretty good review but."

but wut

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2013


18241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



Lol : )

DrHouseSchuldiner
November 30th 2013


5642 Comments


Butt

Deathconscious
November 30th 2013


27324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@jac you have Surgical Steel at a 4, so...cant really use the "pop of death metal" argument for why you dont like it.

Necrotica
November 30th 2013


10693 Comments


wut wut in the butt

Wizard
November 30th 2013


20497 Comments


If they didn't have Jack Owen on guitar, Glen Benton would be sucking penis for crack.

Madbutcher3
November 30th 2013


3139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these guys have surprisingly weird time signatures



Still not a great effort but it's acceptable.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2013


18241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree Wiz, the man raises the bar as far as the bands instrumental aspect.

KILL
November 30th 2013


81580 Comments


not even gonna listen

sonictheplumber
December 1st 2013


17533 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah boring but they were fun live a few months back

Spag
December 1st 2013


2870 Comments


In The Minds Of ZzzzzzZZZZzzzZZZzzZZZZZZZ

linguist2011
December 2nd 2013


2656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As a fan of Deicide, I will give this a 3. If that wasn't the case, I'd be rating this a little lower. To be honest, I don't think this band are ever going to beat the quality of "The stench of redemption", but that doesn't justify why "In the minds of evil" is rather average at best. I mean, the first half is instrumentally great and consistent, but because of the fact that the second half is so, well, stagnant, it seems like the band have taken a step back even further than they did on "To Hell with God". That said, the guitar work on the title track and 'Between the flesh and the void' is brilliantly executed, but unfortunately that's about it for me. Like I say, the only reason this is at a 3 is because I truly do like the band, and not even the second half here is enough to stop me from listening to this album again in the possible future.

BlackLlama
December 2nd 2013


2178 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Forerunners, not for-runners :D



This album is interesting in the regard that they use a lot of melody and different time structures. Sadly the over-production and Benton's horrendous monotony drive this way down.



I jammed this and their S/T back to back and realized that they need to bring back the layered vocals. While Benton isn't bad, this is like Ben Stein death metal.





BigPleb
December 2nd 2013


65784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, monotony is the key word here.

Ugly666
December 2nd 2013


10 Comments



Piss of here if you dont like it

BlackLlama
December 2nd 2013


2178 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't care if this album bought you a 12 pack AND gave you a handy; this is not a top level release. Legion was, gonna jam that for nostalgia now.

DikkoZinner
December 2nd 2013


5367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not bad, decent listen.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2013


18241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It was once, back in the day. We try to hold onto the premise that once was, will be again m/

hikingmetalpunk
December 3rd 2013


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holy fuck this rips ass, a finalist for aoty



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