In The Minds of Evil
25 November 2013
by Tom Gibbons
Criticising bands for not releasing any decent albums in 20 years was cool ten years ago, but these days some metal fans accept that pioneers and left-over bands from certain scenes are just “classic”. The shift to reliance on live revenue suits bands like Slayer and Deicide just fine. Why innovate when your fans demand the early 80s and 90s?
Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt noted this in a recent interview, claiming that to some metal fans “evolution doesn’t seem to be that important” and that “most metal fans just want their Happy Meals served to them.” With this in mind, unless you are a die-hard Deicide junkie, it’s surely going to be difficult to get excited about Deicide’s eleventh studio album.
Picking apart In the Minds of Evil is a task less sinister than the album’s title, as Glen Benton and his minions really haven’t veered off in any particular creative direction (except maybe than towards the realm of the aforementioned Slayer). The first half of this album is a proper head banger, which one might even consider slotting in between Havok or Municipal Waste on a playlist. ‘Thou Begone’ and ‘Godkill’ are a fantastic advertisement for death-tinged thrash metal, or thrash-tinged death metal, with boxes ticked for Slayer intro, chugging grooves, killer solo and the overall brutality.
In The Minds of Evil is an easy listen. The production is crisp, probably the best the band have ever sounded, and to Deicide’s credit the simplistic compositional arrangement of each track seems more agreeable than predictable. It’s a subtle achievement. Unfortunately this simplicity starts to wear thin as the album progresses and repeats itself, with little sonic variation over the duration.
In an extreme metal market awash with young and technically gifted bands challenging listeners with new styles and ideas, Deicide have deicided (sorry) to keep it old school and do things by the book.
Sounds Like: Morbid Angel, Obituary, oh, and Obituary
Standout Tracks: Godkill, Thou Begone, Beyond Salvation