|Review: Deicide - To Hell with God|
|To Hell with God|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 5, 2011
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
for:To Hell with God
Rated 4/5 (80%) (53 Votes)
I really like the other Deicide albums I've heard, among them Legion, Serpents of the Light and the mammoth The Stench of Redemption, but I heard one song off of their last album Til Death Do Us Part and decided that it wouldn't be worth my time. Come this year's To Hell with God, I decided to check out how these old death metal veterans were doing and...well, I'm still not impressed.
I mean, talk about a letdown. From the awesome cover art I was expecting a really great album, but this is just so lame. To start, what happened to the songwriting? On Stench, this band crafted epic maelstroms of death metal heaviness and thrash metal intensity, with a ton of killer leads to boot. It was a very dramatic album with a lot of punch and charisma to it through the Satanic screeching and bowel-rumblings. This album is just weak. The songs start and end in the same place, with little dynamic or power to any of it – just endless barrages of faceless riffs and even more unmemorable solos. Lame. The guitar tone is a twangy, rockish waste that doesn't give the sound any power or vitality at all, and Glen Benton's vocals alternate between monotonous roars and restrained yowling. Did someone just suck all the personality out of this band with a vacuum cleaner?
I wish I could say more about this, but really, what is there to say? To Hell with God is an album of three minute songs that can't even sustain my attention for half of their durations. Nothing about this sounds genuine or interesting at all. It's an album by a band struggling (and failing) to stay relevant, without actually having anything musically or lyrically to do so. A few good riffs pop up every now and then, but that's just because any band that flings enough crap at the wall will logically get it right once or twice. There still aren't any songs here worth your time. Skip this.
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