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Released by: EARACHE, April 2008
Genre: Death Metal
This is Deicide's ninth studio album, which follow-ups 'The Stench of Redemption' album that was released in 2006.
Album Cover Design: All fans of Deicide will know that when it comes to album artwork they try their best to shock! This one is no different which features a painting by Hans Baldung titled 'Woman and Death'. The illustration is of a half naked woman being bitten by Death in all his skeleton glory.
Album Packaging: Good quality presentation and inlay.
My first opinion of the album was - when Glen Benton and Steve Asheim get together they get together for one purpose and one purpose only - to produce extreme Death Metal. I was expecting to hear the trademark Deicide sound and that's what I got. 'Till Death Do Us Part' on the first listen was simply oustanding.
My overall opinion of the album - the more you listen to it the more you like it. A flawless display of aggression from Benton supported by Jack Owen and Ralph Santolla's, crushing lead and rhythm guitar explosions, it was as though the earth opened up to release a rampaging zombie apocalypse laying to waste every riff and every solo that would blast out of your speakers and attack you with both arms.
'Till Death Do Us Part' Technical ratings...
Sound Production Rating: 8/10
Album Originality Rating: 6/10
Quality Consistency Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Guitar Rating: 7/10
Bass Rating: 6/10
Drum Rating: 8/10
Vocal Rating: 9/10
Overall Rating: 8/10
Ratings: 1-2 Dire, 3-4 Mediocre, 5-6 Standard, 7-8 Good, 9-10 Excellent.
The album promises to deliver - a brutal onslaught of pure Death Metal that will leave their fans more than satisfied!
Who might be interested in this album: Fans of Morbid Angel, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and Vital Remains
"The Beginning of the End" (instrumental-Asheim)- 3:40
"Till Death Do Us Part" - 4:14
"Hate of All Hatreds" - 3:53
"In the Eyes of God" - 4:53
"Worthless Misery" - 4:59
"Severed Ties" - 4:01
"Not as Long as We Both Shall Live" - 5:05
"Angel of Agony" - 3:29
"Horror in the Halls of Stone" - 6:24
"The End of the Beginning" (instrumental-Asheim)- 1:40
Recommended tracks: "Till Death Do Us Part", "In the Eyes of God", "Not as Long as We Both Shall Live".
Number of listens so far: 6
Album conclusion: Powerful artwork that captures the bands current mood perfectly. Immense guitar and bass sounds. An excellent collection of Death Metal tracks from one of the genres most legendary acts, just lacking that extra special something that would of made this a classic.
Value For Money: Yes. What you see is what you get! If you visit the sites below you can currently find the album at discount price.
Recommended online retailers to buy the album from: Play.com, Amazon.co.uk
The most recent release from Deicide will come as a surprise to fans who have followed the death metal band's progress for the last twenty years, sounding like a very different beast. This is largely thanks to the departure of long-standing guitarists Brian and Eric Hoffman prior to the previous album, replaced with Cannibal Corpse's Jack Owen in a performance that adds melody and detracts speed, not necessarily a bad thing but not very Deicide.
The opening instrumental 'The Beginning of the End' is enjoyable, if dull thanks to the speed, but as soon as the title track pipes in, it becomes clear that this is nothing more than yet another samey album of modern death metal, lacking the vile excitement of the band's early releases in a now-stagnant genre. Deicide's appeal is largely based on image, and there isn't much to go on here, especially with melodic guitars in songs like 'Not As Long As We Both Shall Live' threatening to show a lighter side of the evil band.
1. The Beginning of the End
2. Till Death Do Us Part
3. Hate of All Hatreds
4. In the Eyes of God
5. Worthless Misery
6. Severed Ties
7. Not As Long As We Both Shall Live
8. Angel of Agony
9. Horror in the Halls of Stone
10. The End of the Beginning
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The Beginning of the End
2 Till Death Do Us Part
3 Hate of All Hatreds
4 In the Eyes of God
5 Worthless Misery
6 Severed Ties
7 Not As Long As We Both Shall Live
8 Angel of Agony
9 Horror in the Halls of Stone
10 The End of the Beginning