Holding high the banner of relentlessly brutal, evil and Satanic death Metal, Florida's Deicide are back with their eleventh studio album, 'In The Minds Of Evil', the follow up to 2011s 'To Hell With God'.
With this release there seems to be a stronger, traditional death Metal element than with their last few offerings, effectively setting it aside from its recent predecessors, harking back to Deicide's earlier releases.
Prior to this release the band saw the departure of guitar player, Ralph Santolla, however for this release Glen Benton has teamed up with Kevin Quirion on guitars, Steve Asheim on drums and Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) also on guitars.
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Vocally I think Glen has pushed the boat out this time, still brutal and gravelly but with more clarity. There's a good density to the overall sound and everything is tight and compact. The skilled and at times complex guitar work sits beautifully alongside Glen's brutal vocalisations.
On 'In The Minds Of Evil' the drumming is unrelenting, from the guitars you get gut wrenching riffs and solos that shriek one minute and then are melodic the next and every track is generously garnished with at least one solo. The lyrics are typical of Glen Benton's style, blasphemous and brutal and after over twenty years something that, thankfully, isn't likely to change.
The album opens with 'In The Minds Of Evil' which begins with the mood setting quote, "Some men just want to watch the world burn", a good album starter with great riffs and a thrashy solo before the track is even half way through. Clearly the line-up changes are paying off; an excellent start to the album.
The consistency remains throughout the album and the next track 'Thou Begone' the exciting; galloping riffs are sandwiched with chunks of vocal brutality making another winning track.
'Godkill' has chugging riffs with a good measure of vocal roars. 'Beyond Salvation' is impressive for the vocal delivery, at times rapid, yet still maintaining clarity. 'Misery of One' has a great, sinister opener, with a powerful impact when the vocals kick in, the sinister feel continues across the track and there's a rapid vocal tempo change midway and guitar break to the close.
'Between The Flesh And The Void' is dense, intense and pulsating, broken up nicely with an intriguing and skilfully off kilter guitar break midway.
'Even The Gods Can Bleed', is compact and lyrically powerful. On 'Trample The Cross' the guitar work to open and close is stunning and had my hair standing on end. 'Fallen To Silence' is another intense and pulsating track completed with a good solo towards the end.
I love the opener on 'Kill The Light Of Christ' which has a sinister blackened feel and finally an excellent album ender in the shape of 'End The Wrath Of God', with some stunning guitar segments.
The cover artwork was taken from a painting by Australian artist (not to be confused with the X-factor clown with the high waistband and home hair cut) Simon Cowell's painting 'Power Of The Mind'.
Overall this is a very good album, with all eleven tracks highly listenable. Deicide are musically back on track, having wandered slightly with recent releases and clearly have much to continue to offer the Metal world.