Deicide
Overtures of Blasphemy


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (275 Reviews)
September 14th, 2018 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fresher take on songwriting and commendable instrumental performance makes this album one of Deicide's best releases since the turn of the century.

In truth, Deicide haven't managed to resurrect the success they found with 2006's The Stench of Redemption, an album which surprised more than was initially expected but sabotaged a few longtime fans in the process, all because a little melody and fluency was injected into the band's otherwise "brootal" Satanic death metal tunes. Till Death Do Us Part over-egged the proverbial pudding, To Hell with God played it too safe and In the Minds of Evil was too forgettable in light of death metal's more recent outstanding achievements. Alas, Glen Benton is still rife with hatred for anything resembling Christianity and Jesus, and as cringeworthy as this may seem, it seems to have prevented Deicide from collapsing over the last decade or so.

Latest album Overtures of Blasphemy strangely enough seems to have revamped a few aspects however. From the get-go of melancholic albeit fluent opener "One with Satan", the guitar work immediately sounds fresh and beefed up if not necessarily original. The production sounds cleaner and in spite of certain suggestions that Deicide may be about to completely throw in the towel regarding their menace and raw aggression, the songwriting seems to herald another successful venture into different styles of metal. "Crawled from the Shadows" almost takes a right-handed turn (or left, depending on which way of the sub-genre you sway) into the world of traditional black metal before the straightforward rhythms prevent the band from doing so, "Seal the Tomb Below" echoes Soulfly in its Groove-thrash assault and the fiery pace of "Flesh, Power, Dominion" has more in common with modern day hardcore punk than the simplistic death metal formula Deicide have worked on since the mid 00s. Indeed, it seems that Deicide are actually doing something different, though in baby steps rather than great big leaps.

The critics will say "It's almost too good to be true", and indeed it is, but only because of a handful of songs this time as opposed to the second half of the album. The last few albums has seen Deicide unfortunately fall flat by the time track number 5 or 6 comes around. Here, this doesn't really come into effect until "Crucified Soul of Salvation" arrives, and even then the listener will already be used to the multiple sub-genres taken into Deicide's musical repertoire. The aforementioned song only provides more of the same, and of course there will be people driven away by its clear lack of originality. The same can be said for "Denying the Sacred" and "Consumed By Hatred", but the guitar work this time is always ready to lift things out of stagnation. The solo work is impeccable at times, even arriving at the introduction of some of Overtures of Blasphemy's finest songs. Even regarding the more filler-based material named previously, you get the sense that this time around Deicide are actually pulling off a near 40-minute album consistently and not, without me sounding like a smart-arsed juvenile here, showing their age. It actually sounds as if Deicide care about the full product of what they've done, not just the better half of it.

Sure, there's nothing in Overtures of Blasphemy that will make you remember the glory days of Legion (nothing released since the early 90s with the exception of The Stench of Redemption actually has), but it doesn't need to. Nobody is expecting surprising results from this band in 2018, because they know what they're going to get and more importantly, that they'll enjoy it. It's great stuff done by Deicide's perception of high standards, with a little extra flair added to most of the songs to make Overtures of Blasphemy that little bit more tolerable than the last few releases.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2018


2571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

c/c is welcome as always.



I haven't reviewed in a while, so writing won't be perfect. Expect flaws, the same naturally being said for Deicide's latest album.

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bloc
September 14th 2018


53410 Comments


Man that album art is proper filthy

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2018


24487 Comments


Good review! Excited to check this out. Deicide is one of the only OSDM bands still making listenable music these days.

Any melodic moments like on The Stench of Redemption?

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BigPleb
September 14th 2018


55940 Comments


Every single I heard off this was meh.

Good review though, man.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2018


2571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any melodic moments like on The Stench of Redemption?



Quite a few, but they're more notable in the album's first half.

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 14th 2018


8531 Comments


artwork is 5/5

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Risodo
September 14th 2018


632 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Didn't know these guys were working in a new album, i'll check it out later.

TheNotrap
September 14th 2018


9418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice review.



The album is predictable but solid, as I was expecting.



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JayEnder
September 14th 2018


2626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Art is a 5. Songs are 3’s

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BlackwaterPork
September 15th 2018


4374 Comments


This is actually ok?

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TheNotrap
September 15th 2018


9418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Crawled from the Shadows rules

Tunaboy45
September 15th 2018


16601 Comments


great review, thoroughly enjoyed the last one will have to check this

Rowhaus
September 15th 2018


1894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band has been pretty consistent these past few years. Will check.

OverkillFanBoy1980
September 15th 2018


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This really surprised me, this is now my favorite Deicide record.

artiswar
September 15th 2018


5922 Comments


I'm assuming it's the first one you heard then.

OverkillFanBoy1980
September 15th 2018


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

by far my second fav death metal album

OverkillFanBoy1980
September 15th 2018


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@artiswar

No, I've heard the first three, and Scars of the Crucifix. This is just so much better to me.

Egarran
September 15th 2018


7849 Comments


I see Deicide has employed a Russian troll farm.

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Elynna
September 15th 2018


295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, I enjoyed this album more than I thought I would

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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2018


2123 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is definitely better than the last few but, golly gee, do these guys sound much more like Vital Remains then they do Deicide. At least this project has songs under 7 minutes.

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