A return to form! A return to form!
Yes, this was a rather odd moment for these guys. After doing something very different with their past 2 albums, this album sounds like these guys in 90's, but with a modern influence. One of the most biggest noticeable changes is the clearer sound of the production, giving the album a slightly more modern sound. But, because this album is more of a return to form, the sound does sound rather interesting, with the mix of classic death metal riffing with some cleaner production. The music on the album is just as good as always, with the guys really focusing on different aspects of the sound, with a lot of fast moments, heavy moments and rather odd sounding riffs.
One of the biggest positives on this album is Glen's vocals. I did worry about his vocals, especially on “Till Death Do Us Part” where his vocals seemed very strained. But on this album, his voice seems better than ever. His vocals in the past few years did get a bit of criticism, but just like Glen, he tried his best to piss the critics off.
Sadly, this album does bare some criticisms from me. Usually Glen's lyrics really make me agree with him on some rather odd level, usually because he is a brilliant lyricist, but on this album he seems to repeat a lot of his blasphemies. The album does have a very similar sound throughout, which does get a bit monotonous at times.
This is also the last album to feature guitarist Ralph Santolla, who if I'm honest pretty much got me into the band. Hopefully replacement Kevin Quirion will be able to match Ralph's incredible ability.
The opening title track pretty much is a mixture of these older and newer styles these guys have made. Some amazing vocals from Glen too.
“Save Your” (get the pun in the title) is one of the most interesting moments on the album. Some rather odd riffs that you wouldn't expect to hear on a Deicide song can be heard. This may be due to this being one of Jack Owen's compositions.
“Conviction”, one of Jack Owen's compositions has one of the best riffs on the album. There is also a pretty funny music video for this album which I also recommend giving a watch. This song also has the best lyrics on the album.
The album closer “How Can You Call Yourself A God” is one of the album's most epic moments. With some epic riffs and spellbinding guitar solo's from Ralph Santolla.
In conclusion, this is pretty great. I have to admit, this wouldn't be my favourite Deicide album, but this album does pack quite a punch. Fans of their earlier material would love this album, but because I'm more of a fan of their latest material, I'm slightly on the fence with it. But, don't listen to me, listen to it for yourself, and revel in it's evil glory.