Since Deicide released arguably their best album since the mid 90s, “The stench of redemption”, the band have been more or less in a stagnating state of plodding death metal and as a result, many long-time fans have chosen to “move on”, as it were.. In the band’s favour however, they did make a half-hearted attempt at regaining what made them such a dominant force in the first place with “To hell with God” after the frankly lackluster “Till death do us part”, and so it’s up to Deicide’s latest album, “In the minds of evil” to continue this return to former glories.
“In the minds of evil” however, does little to change anyone’s minds of the band. Yes, there is a fair amount of solid instrumentation on display, more so in the album’s first half than the second, yet one can’t help but think if the band were even trying here. They don’t need to try, in all fairness. The band have arguably two of the most proficient guitarists of death metal in Jack Owen and Kevin Quirion, making the likes of the title track and ‘Between the flesh and the void’ all the more consistent as they go on, and the eccentric drum work within the heart and soul of ‘Misery of one’ is very well executed.
Yet it’s a lot of things that stop “In the minds of evil” from becoming the truly great work the band wanted it to be originally. Benton’s vocals aren’t exactly a highpoint of the band’s core sound, and even though they more or less do the job of perpetrating the extremity of every song, there is little variety to be found and by the end, you’re wondering whether the vocalist himself has more than one vocal range. Even the bass work is lacking often. It is audible enough to be called decent, but with such excellent guitar and drum work it seems too much to be pushed into the background of the recording and thus deemed unimportant to the casual listener.
Another thing to note here is the fact that more or less every song is a carbon copy of each other. Yes, that has worked for Deicide in the past, but the fact that by the time ‘Even the gods can bleed’ come onto the stereo musicianship sounds tiresome and weary proves the band are simply going through the motions. Whilst the first half has instant classics which work in the band’s favour and could even hold a significant role in creating the perfect set list, the second half merely comes across as a jumbled collection of boring B-sides, as if the band had fished out recycled riffs and plodding drum rhythms. It’s not exactly terrible, but neither is it good enough to match the intensity of the band’s better albums.
So here we have yet another Deicide album which often leaves the listener wanting so much more. The first half of the album is essentially their best work, leaving the second half to rot in hell (no pun intended) simply because it sounds like every instrument’s performance is decaying and growing weary. Whether you are a big fan of the band or not, this album won’t be changing minds any time soon.
1. In the minds of evil
2. Thou begone
4. Beyond salvation
5. Misery of one
6. Between the flesh and the void
7. Even the gods can bleed
8. Trample the cross
9. Fallen to silence
10. Kill the light of Christ
11. End the wrath of God