Written by Alex Stojanovic
One With Satan
Crawled From The Shadows
Seal The Tomb Below
Compliments Of Christ
All That Is Evil
Anointed In Blood
Crucified Soul Of Salvation
Defying The Sacred
Consumed By Hatred
Flesh, Power, Dominion
Destined To Blasphemy
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Label: Century Media Records
Glen Benton - Bass & vocals Steve Asheim - Drums Kevin Quirion - Guitars Mark English - Guitars
I've been listening to Deicide since about 2010, and whenever I'm craving something brutal, they've always satisfied my craving. However, over the last couple of albums, it has become hit or miss because their music has started becoming repetitive, and I remember losing a bit of interest in them because of that. I still love albums like The Stench Of Redemption, To Hell With God and a couple of the early albums, but it sounds like they are starting to run out of ideas. I know I'm not the only one feeling this way.
Given that there's little to no variation between the songs on the new album, it's good that the songs aren't over 4 minutes long, because with a majority of these songs being brutal and fast from start to finish, if many of them were longer than 4 minutes, they would be overstaying their welcome. They also offer extremely little to set themselves apart from older material. They're just beating the dead horse. Glen has also abandoned the higher-pitched screams and is just sticking to the monotone low-pitched growls throughout the album, which sound great, don't get me wrong, but it's another contributing factor to the album's tediousness. During several of the songs, I felt like I was listening to repeats of the first two tracks.
Both Deicide and Cannibal Corpse, two of my favourite death metal bands, have started becoming really predictable with each new album they put out. You stick to a certain sound and/or gimmick for a long time, and monotony tends to kick in before you know it. The difference with Cannibal Corpse is that they manage to put some variation between the songs on each album, which sets them apart from each other. If both bands didn't make anymore albums, I would be totally okay with that. I think if both bands started making 3-4 song EPs if they wanted to continue making music, that would be a wiser choice, and this is coming from a guy who prefers full-length albums.
Let's not make this whole review about the cons, so let me highlight a few pros. The production of this record is stellar, thanks to the masterful Jason Suecof, who also produced In The Minds Of Evil. If I had to pick my favourite tracks from the new album, they would be "One With Satan" and "Excommunicated". These tracks in particular stood out because "Excommunicated" was the first single, and having been a while since I listened to Deicide, it reinvigorated my interest a little bit and I was looking forward to checking the record out. "One With Satan" begins the record, and it's the kick-off track that sets the table and gets you excited for what's to come with the rest of the record. This track managed to peak my interest as well, and then we get a couple more decent tracks with "Crawled From The Shadows" and "Seal The Tomb Below", but by the time we reached "All That Is Evil", things were already getting pretty tiresome and tedious.
Steve Asheim can still shred the drums like he always has, Glen still sounds crushingly brutal vocally and Kevin Quirion, along with new guitarist Mark English both spit out some bludgeoning riffs, but aside from that, the four highlighted tracks, the great production and a small handful of decent riffs scattered throughout the record, like in "Anointed In Blood", "Flesh, Power, Dominion" and "Defying The Sacred", Overtures Of Blasphemy did almost nothing to impress. At this point, all I can say is that if you want to hear new Deicide music, go back and listen to In The Minds Of Evil, and you'll basically get Overtures Of Blapshemy.
Highs: "One With Satan" and "Excommunicated"
Lows: Just about the entire album suffers from reptition.
Final Rating: 5/10