To Hell With God Review

artist: Deicide date: 03/17/2011 category: compact discs
Deicide: To Hell With God
Released: Feb 15, 2011
Genre: Death metal
Label: Century Media Records
Number Of Tracks: 10
Compared to Deicide's previous effort "Til Death Do us Part" this album has much more better riffs and better overall songs.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 5.5
 Overall Impression: 7.5
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overall: 6.7
To Hell With God Reviewed by: col50, on february 10, 2011
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Sound: Deicide is a legendary death metal band probably best known for their early 90s releases and their satanic/anti-christian themes and imagery. Deicide's sound has dramatically changed within their past few releases due to line-up changes and the departure of the Hoffman brothers. Since 2006's "The Stench of Redemption" Jack Owen (Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (Iced Earth, Obituary) have been contributing to Deicide and been recording leads and rhythm for Deicide's albums. "To Hell With God" is Deicide's 10th studio album and features a more polished modern death metal sound. Modern death metal tremolo riffs with elements of technicality and soaring leads make up this albums guitars. Steve Asheim's extreme style of drumming contributes nicely to the album with his fast and technical drumming. Glen Benton handling vocals and bass has a much more modern death metal sound and his vocals are not as low and much more different then previous albums. // 7

Lyrics: Lyrics continue with the standard satanic/anti-christian theme of Deicide. Some lyrics off the album are dark and descriptive such as in the song "Into the Darknes You Go". However some of the lyrics are hateful and slightly cheesy such as: "You Don't mean shit to me, Watching your Jesus bleed" from the song "Hang in Agony Until You're Dead". Glen Benton's vocals in the album range from low gutturals to higher gutturals and screams. His vocals sound much more modern and polished. Glens vocals on this album make the lyrics actually easy to hear and understand for once. // 6

Overall Impression: Compared to Deicide's previous effort "Til Death Do us Part" this album has much more better riffs and better overall songs. "To Hell With God" however is far from the amazing and intense early Deicide release's like "Deicide" and "Legion". The most impressive songs off the album are "To Hell With God", "Witness of Death" and "Servant of the Enemy". What I love about this album is how some of the songs slowly grew on me and this album gets better with every listen. This album is definitely no "Legion" but it does have it's moments and is a fairly decent release from death metal legends Deicide. // 7

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overall: 7.3
To Hell With God Reviewed by: SMK626, on march 17, 2011
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Sound: 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. // 9

Lyrics: 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. // 5

Overall Impression: 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. // 8

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