Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Deicide : "The Stench Of Redemption" [2006]

Death Metal
Earache Records
53,8 mb
Line Up:
Glen Benton - Bass/Vocals
Jack Owen - Guitar
Ralph Santolla - Guitar
Steve Asheim - Drums

1.The Stench of Redemption04:09
2.Death to Jesus03:53
4.Crucified for the Innocence04:35
5.Walk With the Devil in Dreams You Behold04:58
6.Homage for Satan03:59
7.Not of This Earth03:19
8.Never to Be Seen Again03:24
9.The Lord's Sedition05:47
Total playing time38:35


Ma†ías said...

My first Deicide album!! I never imagined that “The Stench of Redemption” would embark me on a journey of such an epic band and also could not believe that how could I have ignored such a legend of death metal. I had my inhibitions when I first saw the album and even when I heard it but this album is everything that an outstanding death metal album should sound like, actually this should be referred to as a template by other bands on how to make an insanely crunching record.

The stench of redemption or as many call it TSOR has not only got excellent musical arrangements it has also got one of the best sound productions I have ever heard on a death metal album . All the instruments can be heard in different layers i.e. the vocals which are brutal and relentless do not dominate the guitar sound and similarly the ever pounding Steve ashiem does not go overboard with his sound either . Hence making the sonic experience something that you may not experience everyday.

Well who would have thought that Deicide would survive the debacle it suffered by the departing of the Hoffman brothers, even they themselves wouldn't have thought about it. But this album is a kick in the face to all those who thought the band had no where to go from here. They just did not come back , they showed how the things are supposed to be done to perfection.

The musicianship is also of the highest order and cannot be appreciated by any rank amateur on the street. The duo of Jack Owen and Ralph Santolla doesn't only add a spark to the album , they make it into a firestorm of riffs. Ralph's background gives the songs a melodic inclination which is very unusual for the band but it fits into the album flawlessly whereas Jack Owen has brought in his own signature sound thanks to his long career with the God Fathers of Death metal - Cannibal Corpse. Steve Ashiem's drumming is something that you just can't get over with. It does not sound as though there was a machine sitting behind the kit and going “tik tik tik tik clack clack" which is so prevalent in a lot of upcoming bands these days. The drumming sounds very real and you can feel the physical strength that Steve would have put into drumming to these songs and personally for me that just takes the album to a whole new level. Glen might show some signs of ageing physically but who the hell can say that while listening to tracks such as "Homage for Satan", "The Lord's Sedition" and " Desecration" where his vocal passages can scare the daylights out of any one.

Lyrical references are still blasphemous and anti Christ but just a step above with more intelligence shown while planning on the song titles and that’s why they don't sound cheesy. The song structure is not uniform and each song travels through a lot of melodic as well as groovy passages which serve as excellent breakdowns and keeps the album alive and kicking till the last song hence making it one of those albums where you wouldn't be pained to sit through its entirety.

There as such no weak tracks on the album but the outstanding tracks include "Desecration", "Homage for Satan”, "Not of this Earth", "The Lord's Sedition", "Death to Jesus". A must have for any Deicide fan.

Written by indianmetalhead on May 15th, 2008

Ma†ías said...

Usually, when there is a shit-ton of reviews for a record with a stupidly high average score, I usually find the record to be overrated, and thus I come in to stomp some skull. Well you know what? For once, all of these people are right, this is an astonishing record.

I'm not gonna lie, I've never been a big Deicide fan, so as soon as the chick at the register of my local Best Buy (it's the only place with music around me, no record stores) scanned the album, I decided I probably should've just given the new Overkill a shot. Needless to say, the album went in my car and caused me to rapidly headbang in the parking lot for about three songs. The one thing this album has over their earlier works, is the addition of Ralph Santolla and his wonderful melodic style of leadwork. The Hoffman's were integral early on in the band's career, but it is obvious now that their departure has done nothing positive work for Deicide, as I find Santolla's fretwork to be far superior.

I wouldn't call this a return to form sonically, but definitely in quality. As mentioned, this album is kind of like the earlier brutality but with a big, heaping coat of melody on the top. This change may seem slightly jarring to old school Deicide fans or assholes, but I welcome it with open arms. Fear not, there are monotone vocals, tremolo riffs, and blast beats aplenty to satisfy the long time fans. As much as I hate Glen Benton, he does an interesting technique with his vocals here were he layers over his deep indecipherable growls with a higher pitched scream that helps add understanding to the lyrics and also add yet another spice to our goulash of blasphemy.

No songs are bad, but I find the weakest to be Desecration and The Lord's Sedition. Death to Jesus may well be my favorite, with an incredibly sense of melody rivaling anything else present. I'd like Homage for Satan a teensy bit more if they didn't succumb to the temptation to rip of Scream Bloody Gore with the opening riff, otherwise it's also one of the best tracks. My copy has a cover of Deep Purple's Black Night, which the site tells me only 4000 copies have, so I guess I'm kind of special. The lyrics aren't printed in the booklet and I can't understand Benton for the life of me, so I don't know what these super secret "rewritten lyrics" are, but it's a fun cover nonetheless.

When all is said and done, what we have here is a solid Deicide release on par with the first two records, although in a different style. The standout performance here is clearly Santolla's lead guitar work, with a runner up award to Asheim's vicious drumming. Highly recommended. For once, a slew of positive reviews is right on the money.

Written by BastardHead on March 24th, 2008

Ma†ías said...

This is a rare thing here folks. Very, very, very rare indeed. A lot of bands (Metallica comes to mind) really start to loose their touch in their recent career years. Sure there's always the core group of fans that will buy whatever the band churns out because of fierce loyalty, but the critics will be going rampant. Deicide unfortunately fell into this trend. They were releasing essentially the same material under a new album name. As a result of this, the hardcore fans started to lower their expectations and the critics started to show more malice towards a band that had appeared to run out of ideas and steam. And then.....this happened.

When Deicide announced their new album, the critics got ready to hate, and the fans got ready to be slightly disappointed, but still find some way to enjoy it. If any other bands out there are looking for the definition of "comeback album," here you go! When this album was released the haters were smashed in the face and the fans got blasted off their feet. "The Stench of Redemption" is one of the most amazing death metal albums in a very long time.

Right from the start of the title track to the end of "The Lords Sedition" (or Black Night if you were luck enough to get the edition of the album with it) this album assaults the listener with so much satanic bliss that you'll want to pull off your headphones and sacrifice a small animal right where you stand! The drum work and guitar melodies are so well incorporated and so amazing to listen to, that you'll wonder if this was really the same band that put out garbage like "In Torment In Hell." The guitar work of Ralph Santolla and Jack Owen will make you forget all about the Hoffman brothers. This new pair doesn't exactly provide your typical death metal guitar work. It's a neoclassical style, and it sounds fucking brilliant mixed in with the drumming and downright evil sounding growls of Glen Benton. Speaking of which, Glen's voice sounds better than it has.... well, ever.

Sure a lot of bands talk shit about how they are going to come back with a vengeance, or about how they are going to reclaim their glory days. Deicide does that, and then does something all those other bands fail to do, they actually do it. I didn’t think this band could ever make something this badass and awesome ever again, but hell, they proved me wrong. I can only hope that this much genius and work is put into their next release.

Written by OverchargeddCat on January 11th, 2008

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