Released: 2011, Century Media
The first thing that popped into my head when I read the title of the new Deicide album TO HELL WITH GOD was, “Is Glenn even aware of the Stryper album with the title, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL?” My gut feeling Benton doesn’t know about the Stryper album, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did know and choose his album title in relation because he is clever enough to make it work.
So here we are with Deicide’s landmark 10th album. I don’t care what genre you are in, ten albums is a milestone by any standard. What could I possibly say about Deicide that hasn’t been already said? You’ve heard it all before…Legendary, notorious front-man, pioneers, 80’s Florida, terrorists, suicide pact, lame albums, line up trouble, label trouble, big come-back, super-group, killer albums, Glenn for President, evil, death, satan, blah, blah, blah…oh yeah and the branded upside-down cross in the forehead. Maybe Glenn should hire me to ghost-write his autobiography!
Somehow in my infinite lameness, I missed TIL DEATH TO US PART which is odd because I’ve supported Deicide from the beginning. I have (or have heard) every album except the previous one, so I don’t have a frame of reference if it is better or worse, although the legions are divided on the quality last one as is usually the case. Onto the matter at hand, TO HELL WITH GOD is pretty frickin’ awesome.
New label (again) and the same line-up again and the consistency and quality shows. Once again the band applies the ‘leave them wanting more’ philosophy with the standard ten tracks at just over half an hour. Cool album cover art this time as well. The production is really good, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a poor production on a Deicide album.
For whatever reason I just can’t get past Santolla being the guitarist. I associated him with the melodic act Millenium for over a decade and then that real cool solo album he did, but now he is the elite Death Metal guy. Weird. Regardless of his pedigree, he rips, he shreds and he brings the firepower to the album. There are lots of great solos on the album. I especially enjoyed the mini solo on the opening of ‘Angels Of Hell’. Vocally Benton is still pissed off about everything. I think if he and Paul Speckman ever did a duet project the planet would implode under the sheer weight of the combined hate. Guttural, low and brutal he does another fine performance.
Deicide continue to set the standard for the style, the sound and the intensity for classic Death Metal. TO HELL WITH GOD is a welcome addition to their long and revered catalogue.