Sound: I think the sound on this album is quite solid but is lacking the usual Deicide punch if you understand me, the guitar has a bit of a cleaner tone than previous efforts but it is still pretty edgy, a lot less gain I think. A little circulating rumour about this album is that when the boys went in to record this they really half assed it just so that they could get off of their label at the time, as the label saw Deicide as a sinking ship, there is also no bass guitar on this album. The production is clean cut and edgy, glens voice is mixed occasionaly with his high screams and his guttural growls making for a tasty combination, the production is very nice, I must say.
Overall the guitars sound pretty solid and I actually quite like it, although hard core deicide fans may not look so fondly upon this effort. // 7
Lyrics: To the extent of my knowledge nearly every song is about Glens hatred for Christianity and Jesus christ, with lyrics such as
'' Holy one unsung, you are the scum of his philosophy
Will you ever learn that it is god who is the enemy?
Step across our line from the divine and twisted beaten path
Spewing forth in bullshit to your final fatal bleeding gasp ''
( Bible Basher )
'' Where's your god when you need him?
Beware, he's deceiving
Wipe my ass on its pages '' ( Remnant Of A Hopeless Path )
Glen sure does vent his Hatred for Christianity. The lyrics are religious, evil, Satanic and blasphemous.
The lyrics work quite well with the music, as the guitar work is crunchy and evil, and a huge compliment to the story that Glen is belting out. The vocals are classic Deicide but with great production, there is not much change in his voice from previous releases, barr Legion. // 9
Overall Impression: This, I dare say, in my opinion, is actually a very nice release, up there with their earlier releases, although a lot of fans have a great distaste for the album, I quite like it. The tracklist for the album is as follows
01. Bible Basher
02. Forever Hate You
03. Standing In The Flames
04. Remnant Of A Hopeless Path
05. The Gift That Keeps On Giving
06. Halls Of Warship
07. Suffer Again
08. Worst Ememy
09. Apocalyptic Fear
10. Refusal Of Penance
My favourites would be
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Standing In The Flames
Halls Of Warship
I don't really hate anything about this album, it is a good release, although some more leads would have been great and some more double bass and speed metal beats would have been better, that is something that this album is lacking. The album is also severely lacking some Evil Harmonies, something that Deicide have become veterans at belting out when it comes to writing.
Aside from that, the album is pretty good, it makes for a good listen for sure, the main thing about the album is that it is probably the most unique Deicide album in their history, for these reasons.
Less Evil Harmonies
But they did it well, and it is pretty good. Overall I don't hate anything, but they sure as hell could have worked harder on it and made it a lot better, but it's still pretty nice. If this were lost or stolen, I would buy it again, as I deem it worthy of a second purchase, it's got slow parts, fast parts, a few leads and it is catchy, it is a good album and I think people new to Deicide should pick this one up first, as it is not as harsh as all of their other albums, although it is still pretty heavy
Good album, buy it if you can, but I only payed 17AUD for it, make sure you do the same, or do something close. // 7