Actually, I could save any words about this band because if DEICIDE should be unknown to somebody, this person must likely live behind the moon or he or she has absolutely nothing to do with Heavy Metal. The direction of the grim guys around super villain Glen Benton is still the same since the band foundation, when they caused fear and fright under the banner of AMEN and so, also “Scars Of The Crucifix” isn’t really differing from the other records. Satanic Death Metal on technical highest level, exactly how the fans except it worldwide.
So, the most noticable innovation of DEICIDE is their new employer or better said, the new record label behind the four Satan disciples from the sunny Florida. After eleven years at Roadrunner Records, according to the band, they had some problems with them in recent years, they now signed at the renowned label Earache Records. If they can top their successful history can’t be answered with this here, because their highlights are surely their first two records “Deicide” (1990) and “Legion” (1992). That means not that “Once Upon The Cross” (1995) or “Serpents Of The Light” (1997) had been average records, but if you refer on the success, it can’t be denied that the first two longplayers had been the most successful ones. Furthermore, with “Legion”, they created the most sold Death Metal record ever.
But not only in terms of sales, also concerning the musical side, the band could never again achieve the class of those masterpieces. You could recognize that best on their last two records „Insineratehymn“ (2000) and „In Torment In Hell“ (2001). The troubles within the band and with the label had been obvious and you could regard that the chemistry wasn’t intact anymore. But there was never missing the highly gifted musical abilities of the quartet and so, they could also count on their loyal fanbase, they came in masses to the concerts. Even though “Scars Of The Crucifix” is typical DEICIDE, there has a old freshness recurred, which already made the first two records so special. It isn’t a step back for DEICIDE because they kept always true to their own within all the years and they never left the path of evilness or spent any time with convulsive experiments.
„Scars Of The Crucifix“ shows DEICIDE after a well-done break. Glen Benton is again full of blasphemy and evilness that every honest believer instantly gets white as a sheet, he sings, screams and grunts until his throat bleeds and besides that, he provides the frightening rhythm ground with his four-stringer and the necessary low notes. The devilish brothers Hoffman rape their B.C. Rich guitars as it’s known and besides razorsharp riffs, they deliver sometimes also some strange solos. Steve Asheim enthrones behind his kit in the known manner and he grinds his drums as he would be driven by the devil personally. Another element, which hasn’t changed, is the short playing time. Their Roadrunner debut had at least 33:37 minutes, now their debut on Earache contains nearly exploiting 26:45 minutes.
But who cares, you shouldn’t care about this DEICIDE trademark, I think, there will never change anything in this pattern. But the quality of “Scars Of The Crucifix” makes absolutely up for that and every Death Metaller’s heart should go high. So, follow the call of the horned one and kneel down before the master’s newest weapon, made by the four apocalyptic riders, united known as DEICIDE. “Scars Of The Crucifix” will show you the right way, harrrharrrharrr... (Online February 16, 2004)