After releasing a few amazing Death Metal albums (which people still argue over with some claiming the first two are great and others that the first four are etc...) DEICIDE went sadly downhill. For me this was a great tragedy as I still rate their self-titled debut from 1990 as one of the landmarks of the Death Metal genre. With their latest offering DEICIDE have released a formulatic and passionless album which is sad really as their are moments where you see their brilliance but for the most part you are simply left asking yourself "just what went wrong?".
DEICIDE's label trouble is well known by this stage and people should therefore follow to the logical conclusion that this album was simply to end their contract with Roadrunner so that they could be free once more and start making good music again (the later part of that statement I will come back to in the future when we get a new DEICIDE album).
Despite this justification I still believe that in releasing this DEICIDE have been extremely selfish as they have released a passionless half (if even) hearted album which is going to be bought by loyal fans who deserve better from a band that they adore and support. The one thing I wonder is why if DEICIDE were pissed off at their label could they not have used that hatred and anger to fuel their material and release the heavy brutal pissed off classic DEICIDE album that we all wanted?
As far as the delivery goes the vocals have a good bit of depth added to them making them more powerful Death Metal grunts and the trademark higher vocals compliment often. Unfortunately both sound very empty in parts as do the guitar leads which sound very uninspired, and the drum work is decent enough but the sound of the snare drum is dry and poor. All of this leads you to wonder just how much effort did DEICIDE bother to put in for their fans and more importantly for themselves? Is this how they really want to be remembered? is this how they really want to be seen?
The worst part of this album is that there is actually some good riffs and passages which obviously flow naturally to the band. The reason why this is a bad thing is that it is disheartening to hear good passages ruined by a lack of inspiration and being thrown into an otherwise average album.
I must warn you that I have high standards as to how good a DEICIDE album should be, and why not? They have proved that they can release amazing albums when inspired but growling half heartedly about the same subject matter over 10 years later to finish your contract with your label is not the DEICIDE that I want to listen to. Despite this I still have faith and now that DEICIDE have moved on I expect something of substance and quality which is either a good return to their roots or a nice progression into a new fruitful direction. Either way it has to be better than this. (Online July 15, 2003)