DEICIDE — Deicide (review)

DEICIDE — Deicide album cover Album · 1990 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Deicide is the debut full-length studio album by American death metal act Deicide. The album was released in June 1990 through Roadrunner Records. The band were originally called Amon and recorded two demos under that name but they opted for a name change to Deicide before the recording of the debut album. Deicide was recorded at the now legendary Morrisound Recording at Tampa, Floria with producer Scott Burns.

The music on the album is anti-Christian/ Blasphemous/ Satanic themed death metal. With songtitles like Lunatic of God's Creation, Blaspherereion and Crucifixation not much is left to the imagination. Unlike the sometimes primitive and repetitive lyrics on later albums by the band, I think the lyrics work well on this album. Maybe it´s because later albums didn´t improve much on the formula that Deicide started here. The album is over in 33:35 minutes and the 10 tracks on the album are all relatively short. It´s a perfect length for an album containing music this extreme. The pace is mostly really fast with lots of blasting drumming but drummer Steve Asheim is a force to be reckoned with and changes pace often enough for the songs to never get trivial. This means that all tracks are strong and memorable. Standout tracks one the album are Lunatic of God's Creation, Dead By Dawn, Carnage In The Temple of The Damned and Day of Darkness.

The musicianship is really strong on the album. Tight playing all around. The screaming solos could have been a bit more varied, but on the other hand they suit the music well. Glen Benton delivers his strongest ever vocal performance on this album. This was before he ended up growling so deep that he became almost undecipherable. His now legendary high pitched demon sneer and his growling vocal style was a great pair back then and I remember his style was considered quite unique.

The production is a typical Scott Burns creation. Heavy and brutal. The guitars are a bit thin sounding at times and on occasion it´s hard to decipher exactly what is played but otherwise the sound suits the music well.

Back in the day Deicide was one of my favorite albums and I must have listened to this album hundreds of times so forgive me if there is a slight nostalgia factor present when I rate this album. Even without the nostagia this is a "classic" American death metal album from the early nineties and of course a must have in any death metal fan´s collection. Sadly you won´t need much more than this album ( and maybe a couple more) by the band, because they didn´t change their sound much after this. So if you´re planning on getting a Deicide album I would strongly recommend that you purchase this one first. A 4 star rating is fully deserved.
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