DEICIDE - Scars of the Crucifix
Released: February 23rd, 2004 | Label: Earache | Rating: 8/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Target

01. Scars of the Crucifix
02. Mad at God
03. Conquered by Sodom
04. Fuck Your God
05. When Heaven Burns
06. Enchanted Nightmare
07. From Darkness Come
08. Go Now Your Lord is Dead
09. The Pentecostal

The last Deicide album In Torment In Hell wasn't really anything special; it seemed kinda rushed and boring. The band also stated that they weren't happy with it, but they were just so eager to get out of Roadrunner's straightjacket that they rushed the whole thing. I must confess that I tend to believe them 'cause their new album and Earache debut Scars of the Crucifix is a whole different story.

Of course Scars of the Crucifix is typical Deicide all the way and does really not add that much new if anything to the already known Deicide sound. Front man Glen Benton sounds as pissed as ever and all the bible lovers out there should have plenty to take offence from with titles such as "Mad at God", "Fuck Your God" and "Go Now Your God is Dead". Somehow Scars of the Crucifix sounds a lot fresher, more aggressive and brutal than some of their later releases. It's like the split with Roadrunner and Glen Benton's collaboration with Vital Remains have pumped renewed energy into the band. It's in no way a new Legion but it might possibly be their best since Once Upon the Cross or even the aforementioned Legion. A thing that really sets it apart from most of the previous Deicide material is that the leads seems a lot more dominant and almost haunting this time around adding a lot of diversity to the sound.

My only complaint about Scars of the Crucifix is the length of the album it doesn't even clock twenty-seven minutes but I guess I should have been used to this by now since almost none of Deicide's releases exceed thirty-five minutes. This is just me rambling 'cause it doesn't change the fact that Scars of the Crucifix is a great release that proves that Deicide still have what it takes to create hellish and truly blasphemous death metal.

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