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Review: Deicide - The Stench of Redemption
The Stench of Redemption

Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 38:35
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: October 22, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Stench of Redemption

Rated 4.28/5 (85.56%) (54 Votes)

I was expecting a lot of things this year, getting my guts kicked out by the new Deicide was not one of them. I've been avoiding this band ever since the disappointment of Legion, and I just was not interested in this at all. Even samples from Scars Of The Crucifix indicating a non-sucking band at work didn't get me excited. After all, it's a Deicide album, so it's not like I can't imagine what it sounds like – all Deicide albums sound the same, right?

Oh boy, not this one. Seems like the band, now minus the Hoffman brothers, decided to make a whole new start, and that the only way to get out of that old rut was to reinvent the Deicide sound. So The Stench Of Redemption does not really sound like an old Deicide album. Yes, it's fast, and technical, and packs in shovelfuls of Satanic invocations, and yes, Glen's vocals are once again a double-tracked hell of bellows and screams, but the songwriting is much more advanced and different than on any other Deicide album. There is a lot of Thrash influence in the playing, for one, and for another there is a heavy dose of (dare I say it?) melody in the songs, most especially in the excellent leads. From the first pounding riff of the title cut this just owns, and it never really quits.

After a long slide, Deicide managed to arrest it with Scars, and now their new one reverses it entirely. It's been fifteen years since this band has sounded as tight, as brutal, as excited about what they are doing as they do here. The Stench Of Redemption is maybe the best Death Metal album this year, and even those who long ago wrote this band off as lame should check it out. Highly recommended and not to be missed.

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