Sound — 9
This album really shows an evolution in Deicide. It somewhat feels like some of Vital Remains has leaked into their musical style. It's an amazing mix of modern death metal and the gritty mean old school death metal. It's a well needed change of pace for Deicide. From the start you feel the evil and sheer brutality that is Deicide with the starting track "To Hell with God". The solos really add to the old school flavor. In songs like "Witness of Death", you really get that fast messy and yet so technical feel. Glen Benton's vocals have somewhat evolved in this album as well. He has his traditional distinguishable gutturals and screams, but he also falls back onto the once forgotten "yelling" type vocals he used to in early Deicide. His vocal range has also improved, bringing in a slightly higher guttural, but most notably a intense vicious growl. All of this, along with Steve Asheim's fast, intense, and well fitting drumming, makes "To Hell with God" a far superior album to "Till Death Do Us Part". This new release is exactly what Deicide needed.
Lyrics — 5
The lyrics are to be expected. Typical satanic and anti-religious themes that Deicide has always portrayed. Sometimes they feel like they are just right, the perfect evil theme to go with the song, such as "Conquer us, Unleash damnation! Go from here into temptation." from "To Hell with God". At other times it can feel like he's trying too hard, such as "A revelation that has come to life, has got you by the balls". Overall, when it comes to the lyrics, you'll either love or hate it. You'll either think this is part of what makes them Deicide or think the Satanic theme gets old after awhile.
Overall Impression — 8
This is overall an amazing album. It's Deicide's best work since "Scars of the Crucifix" and exactly a step in the direction Deicide has been needing to take. Songs like "To Hell With God", "Hang in Agony Until You're Dead", and "How Can You Call Yourself a God" really show you that Deicide has really stepped up their sound since "Till Death Do Us Part". The overall mix of tradition and old school death metal makes it an album for both the hardcore and new school death metal fans. Though the Satanic themes have gotten old over the years, the sound they have brought with this album brings new life into the monster that is Deicide. This album is well worth buying. The best death metal album of 2011 thus far.