Thursday, January 30, 2014

"In The Minds of Evil" by Deicide

Glen Benton!  Deicide has been around a very, very long time. In just a single year from now, the boys will be eligible for entry to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and honestly if any death metal bands deserve it, they do.

Deicide got their start in the Tampa Bay Death Metal scene with other extreme acts like Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Obituary. The evil ones in Deicide have never stopped. It's staggering to think about just how long this band has been at it. Twenty five years and still playing clubs.

 For me, it's very easy to respect the death metal bands. They know they're not going to get rich in music. They know that they won't be able to even do music full time. Lots of these guys have jobs on the side, but heavy music is their passion and for some, Glen Benton and his cohorts, it's a method of getting their message out. As usual, we'll be glossing over the lyrical content, because I don't care.

Full on metal.
This release is missing the Hoffman brothers that played the guitars in the old days of Deicide, the g(l)ory days if you will. The recently released "Complete Roadrunner Collection" only features tracks by the original line up.

Only with a little trepidation do I begin this record. For the past three weeks I have been listening to the Roadrunner box set rather extensively and checking out more and more on Deicide. I have a lot of good memories regarding this band and hearing "Satan Spawn" on the radio in high school. So, there's concern that this newer version of the band will not hold up.

This concern is unfounded and stupid. I throw it away and into the abyss of hell. The typical Deicide "cynicism" resounds. The guitars are bigger and better than anything on the first six records! The drums are what they have always been. Big, thunderous, and mighty. This album is the prototypical Tampa Bay death metal sound. It's vintage and typically lyrical without sounding hokey. It's death metal perfection.

Over the years Deicide have grown no less angry and no less skilled at writing songs. In an age where most bands lose their touch around ten years in, Glen Benton's body will go before he runs out of things to scream.

Year: 2013
Genre: Metal
Run time: 36:55
Label: Century Media

1) In The Minds Of Evil
2) Thou Begone
3) Godkill
4) Beyond Salvation
5) Misery Of One
6) Between The Flesh And The Void
7) Even The Gods Can Bleed
8) Trample The Cross
9) Fallen To Silence
10) Kill The Light Of Christ
11) End Of The Wrath Of God

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