GOD DETHRONED... everything from the name of the band to the cover art proclaims their defiance of God. Just check out the cover art of this CD and you'll see what I mean. Whether they are serious about this whole antichrist-theme or not is anyone's guess, although quotes like "Recorded on unholy ground" lead me to believe they're just being humorous in their own way. But hey, whatever floats your boat. The whole Satanism-thing is getting stale in my opinion, but GOD DETHRONED have got something going for them that overrides their image - their music.
GOD DETHRONED are total riff-monsters, and you can't help but thrash along when you hear riffs like those found in "Serpent King" or "The Execution Protocol". I dare say this is one of the catchiest Death Metal-, and this is truly "Death" Metal, releases ever. The songs stick in your mind like a vision of hell, making you crave another listen. These guys must really have signed a contract with Satan to come up with riffs like the chorus of "Nocturnal" and the slower, chugging riff in "Boiling Blood". Not to mention the utterly enrapturing intro to the title track. If that doesn't make you go nuts, something is wrong with you. If you're a Metalhead anyway... I doubt any Churchy LaFemme would approve.
On to the actual execution (haha that was punny) of the music. Basically, I'd say this album is played without flaw. Many of the riffs are played with the tremolo or speed picking style and I'm yet to hear a mistake. If you like blast beat-drumming you have yet another reason to love this album. They make up a large chunk of this CD, and they are done very well. Actually, before I heard this CD I wasn't really a fan of blast beat, but thanks to Roel that's changed, which must say something about the quality of the drumming. The vocals are the traditional raspy Death-screams, but they aren't banshee squeals, which makes them much more acceptable, and they add to the music instead of detracting from it.
This is definitely an essential addition to your CD collection and I highly recommend you check it out, even if you aren't a fan of the Satanism-thing. All in all, GOD DETHRONED are a bunch of talented musicians with an over-used image, or maybe just an unusual sense of humor.