DEICIDE is a band that doesn’t need a long presentation; 14 years of successful career speak for themselves and hordes of fans around the world worship their satanic and blasphemous music, sitting them in the throne of the worldwide consecrated “Floridian Style” Death Metal. True is that after the consecutive failures of “Insineratehymn” (2000) and “In Torment In Hell” (2001), the expectancies for their 8th full length were not really high, but a group of this weight has always the obligation of staying true to their fans and if you can’t ask them only for masterpieces, at least you can expect them to be worthy of your praise. This is not the case and “Scars Of The Crucifix” had only demonstrated that DEICIDE is a band that only can take fruits from the past.
This is a catchy and violent album in which the band doesn’t risk anything. Contagious riffs, blasts of drums, light lyrics and attractive choruses with a Grindcore-like backing vocal, sounds ok the first listening but then turns really tedious and boring; worthy is to note that this is an album with a perfect production, but had lost all the defining style that DEICIDE once had; it can be extremely frustrating to listen to this empty, almost automatic music for us who headbanged with the raw, full of bliss masterpieces “Legion” or “Once Upon The Cross”. The musical formula is the same, plus a clear and lustrous sound, but the Punk spirit had gone and that is notable.
“Scars Of The Crucifix” showed DEICIDE’s coward face; a group that pathetically tries to copy its own golden times as a response to failed years, instead of evolve naturally as all great bands are able to do. Ok, it’s not such an awful album seen outside its context; it can easily satisfy your lust for brutality and speed, but it’s just more of the same…in a lower level. This release can still be the nightmare of your neighbours, but it won’t shock a Deathster anymore. (Online August 15, 2005)