“The Stench Of Redemption” by Deicide

Artist: Deicide
Title: “The Stench Of Redemption”
Label: Earache Records
Release Date: 8/22/2006
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

I went into this record not knowing what to expect since I never really followed the career and music of Deicide – all I did know was that despite my limited knowledge of them that they were one of the more respected of the Death Metal bands in the US. “The Stench Of Redemption” is an album that will remind you of what makes these guys get the level of respect in the genre that they do. To define this as one of the most pummeling albums I have heard in recent memory and indeed it is, would be an understatement. It is as brutal as Hell in terms of lyrical content and the subject matter which was to be expected of them and this has always been the case with Deicide. The band is also a little different for those who have not paid attention to recent goings on in their life as the Hoffman brothers are no longer part of the roster of members and sadly this would not be an amicable split for the group. Yet, instead of suffering the losses, the remaining two enlisted the talents of Jack Owen (former of Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (former of Iced Earth and Death) to fill the roles and this would be a great match for the music they would record for this album. The two are a perfect compliment to the blast beat drumming of Steve Asheim and the guttural growls of bassist/singer Glen Benton. It seems quite clear that the band with this new membership has found a new level of life breathed into their cause and perhaps this will intensify their musical reach in the larger Metal arena as well. The band truly approached this album with a pissed off manner and it shows on every track from start to finish. Just listen to the albums title opener, “Death To Jesus” or “Homage For Satan” to know that they mean business more than ever before with this one. The whole thing is loaded with the hate-spewing anti-Christian and Satanic lyrics that are clearly not for the faint of heart or overly pious. It reminded me of how I first viewed Slayer’s “Reign In Blood” as the level of lyrical and musical brutality was along the same lines. I think the album will impress a lot of the Extreme Metal fans due to the execution and technical skills showcased on the recording. The band even does a cover of the Deep Purple song “Black Night” which while a great song, is a weird choice for a Death Metal band to attack. Its largely unrecognizable and blows right by you in minutes but I guess for a Death Metal version of Classic Rock it was done pretty well.

There is a good chance that “The Stench Of Redemption” is one of the heaviest albums you will hear in 2006 and perhaps beyond as well as being the bands best effort to date. If Blasphemous Metal with blistering lead guitar work and thunderous drums are your interest then you really need to look into this record. Deicide is looking for heads with this one and I am convinced they shall find quite a few for their mantelpiece.

Track Listing:
1. The Stench Of Redemption
2. Death To Jesus
3. Desecration
4. Crucified For The Innocence
5. Walk With The Devil In Dreams You Behold
6. Homage For Satan
7. Not Of This Earth
8. Never To Be Seen Again
9. The Lord’s Sedition
10. Black Night

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