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Friday, January 28 2011 00:00

DEICIDE - TO HELL WITH GOD (Advance Album Review)

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51uj8YzvPDL. SL160 There's a lot to be said about persistence and sticking to one's guns, and in that you have to credit GLEN BENTON of DEICIDE for keeping his satanic crew going for over two decades. With the release of TO HELL WITH GOD, their first release through Century Media, DEICIDE deliver yet another another blast of death metal fury that will surely please the most die-hard of listeners.

The album is an aural assault, containing ten tracks that clock in at a combined 35-minutes of sound. While not matching the achievement of the band's 2006 album THE STENCH OF REDEMPTION (of which I was a first-day buyer), nor the initial shock value of classics such as LEGION (1992) or ONCE UPON THE CROSS (1995), all of the elements that one would expect from a DEICIDE album are front-and-center. Machine-gun drumming with technical leads, and a heavy dose of hatred for religion and Christianity - they're all here.

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There's interesting time signatures to be found, some of the short, stop-and-go grooves shifting direction and taking songs to places not expected, with four songs in a row - "Save Your," "Witness of Death," "Conviction," and "Empowered by Blasphemy" - all following the same formula, but remaining completely effective. Later, the band hints at their earliest beginnings (SLAYER on speed) with tracks like "Angels of Hell" and "How Can You Call Yourself a God?" bearing a striking resemblance in structure to the King/Hanneman style of guitar playing.

In the marketing materials for TO HELL WITH GOD, the R.I.Y.L. (recommended if you like) section names two things: "True Death Metal," and "Killing God." If you're an enthusiast of either, then this is probably one of the first albums of 2011 that should top your "must buy" list. A solid album from one of the true legends of the early Florida-based Death Metal scene.

Rating: 3.5/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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