Deicide – Overtures Of Blasphemy
Overtures of Blasphemy is the twelfth studio album by American death metal band Deicide, released on September 14, 2018, through Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak, who has also worked with Ghost, Paradise Lost, and Mayhem. This is the band’s first album since In the Minds of Evil (2013), and it is the first record to feature guitarist Mark English of Monstrosity, who replaced Jack Owen in 2016.
Wow, so 2018 definitely seems to be a year for the comeback of many older bands. Judas Priest returned to the spotlight after a nine-year hiatus with the release of their seriously banging new album entitled “Firepower”. And now Deicide, one of the biggest Death Metal veterans around, and who doesn’t really require too much of an introduction or fanfare, coming back in after their five-year abstinence with their 12th album, “Overtures Of Blasphemy”.
Overtures of Blasphemy is a pretty amazing album! Although it’s a really good Death Metal album with a somewhat short playing time, coming in at almost 38 minutes, it can still hold your attention with its 12 songs collection. Glen Benton is still just as ever in top form with his Christian-hating lyrics, and the demonic sounding growls that have long defined this great band. It’s truly great to see that this band is still just as genuinely pissed off as they ever were in their younger days! And trust me, It’s definitely been a while since they’ve shown this much rage and brutal anger. No doubt this is the album which burns with bright red flames and is right up there with the most satanic and blistering of unholy creations.
I do however have to admit that although the majority is 100% back to Deicide’s glory days, some of the tracks feel a little weak and seem to melt into one another, making them feel fairly generic fashion, but as I said, most of it, or let’s say the first half of the album is completely top-notch and is still an essential addition to their catalog. One of the main things I’ve always loved about the band was just how greatly focussed their songwriting was. It doesn’t matter if the album quality varies from album to album, all of their songs have always been extremely blunt and to the point, no bull-shitting around.
“One With Satan” is a raging opener that really brings out the band at what they do best, giving you the most brutal attacks without showing mercy. A classic, standard Deicide track that’s catchy and grooving that draws you in with its slow build up, followed by an intense and blistering t melodic solos. “Crawled From The Shadows” blasts right out of the gates and comes in extremely fierce. It’s arguably one of the best tracks Deicide have put out in quite some time, some well-crafted riffs and vocal lines, mixed with some very noticeable Santolla influence and excellent riffs. You’ll be pleased to know that you can hear every strike of the stick on the skin. “Seal The Tomb Below” is absolute riff mastery and shredding, an instant recognizably Deicide number. A classic thrash track with nice, heavy grooves and sweet backing melodies, and the killer drums of Mr. Asheim have a lot of presence here. Guaranteed to give the neck a good workout.
“Compliments Of Christ” is an addictive one for sure. This song has been playing over and over again in my head since the first time I heard it and it probably the one with the most noticeable and best riffing and mightiest grooves on the entire album. I am completely happy with this one and no doubt a favorite. “All That Is Evil” is pure old school Death Metal with fantastic melodic solos and lead breaks, and is perfect for the current state of affairs in the Catholic Church today. “Excommunicated” to me has one of the most brilliant and amazing intros on the album. Definitely a throw-back to earlier classic thrash, and sometimes it reminds me a little of early Testament, full killer riffs and shredding.
“Anointed In Blood” opens with memorable guitar melodies and is a more rhythmic and compassionate song, and has some razor-sharp blasts mixed in. “Crucified Soul Of Salvation” is simple speed and brutal riffs. “Defying The Sacred”, although this one feels a little too long, it’s still plenty aggressive both lyrically and instrumentally with sharp blasts and sweet melodies. “Consumed By Hatred” is just sort of thrown in there, in a haphazard kind of way. “Flesh, Power, Dominion” has some really nice riffs that remind you of the early 80’s thrash. “Destined To Blasphemy” is basically another straightforward death metal song that highlights what this band does best.
In an interview to help promote “Overtures of Blasphemy”, Glen Benton stated that this new album is the one record he has always wanted Deicide to make, and man did he ever. Perhaps they threw out their best on this latest album since the rumor is that it will be their last? Who knows? I’m hoping not, but I can respect that if it’s what they end up deciding, they’ve hung in there for over 30 years after giving birth to this sound and there’s no doubt that they still influence other bands even today. So now that I’ve highlighted everything I could, do yourself a favor and go pick this one up. Never know, it might be the last one from this old school Death Me3tal band!
Album: Overtures Of Blasphemy
Released: September 14, 2018
Label: Century Media
Producer: Jason Suecof
Genre: Death Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Mike Davidson
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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