For many Death Metal fans DEICIDE's self-titled debut remains 13 years after its release in 1990 the pinnacle of the genre for its unmatched conviction of pure evil and anti-Christian ideologies. While not necessarily being the most original or brutal release musically or lyrically in its time (although it did rival anything else during this period!) DEICIDE masterminded this wonderful piece of angst fuelled aggression that had a conviction more strongly evident than any Death Metal band heard before.
Although this album got much criticism for its lack of bass in the production job and for Glen Benton's vocals not being as low or gruff as they could be, nothing anyone can say can take away from the actual material on offer. For me each blistering tremolo strummed riff with its simplistic relentless rhythm is perfectly placed and matched with each SLAYER inspired solo and each strange rhythm change. The vocals of DEICIDE are unmatched as the dual high and low vocals work so much better here for DEICIDE than they do for any other band, with the high screams in particular shining through and really convincing the listener of the evil intent that this band had at this period of time.
"Dead By Dawn" for example is easily one of the best Death Metal songs ever written with some fantastic riffs to damage your neck to and a fantastic passionately screamed chorus of "DEAD, DEAD BY DAWN, DEAD. BY. DAWN". So simplistic yet so powerful in its delivery that you can't help but be taken aback by its ferocity.
DEICIDE now have wussed out and lost a lot of the passion on display here and their newest album "In Torment In Hell" (yes I will get around to reviewing it - soon!) is proof of this as they now seem to play their music with utter indifference and despite decent material and some killer riffs modern DEICIDE will never match this until they once again find a spark of passion in their Satanist souls.v For me this resides alongside the likes of ENTOMBED's "Left Hand Path" and MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness" as being one of the finest albums that the Death Metal genre has to offer.
An easy 10 out of 10! (Online May 28, 2003)