Released Nov. 25th via Century Media Records
Just as an experiment I wrote this intro paragraph several months in advance, right after it was announced that Deicide was recording a new album. “The new Deicide album is similar to most Deicide albums in that it’s not nearly as good as their first three legendary albums (Deicide, Legion, Once Upon The Cross) nor is it quite as terrible as some of their other, more abysmal (no pun intended) efforts. However, whether or not the new Deicide is good or not is beside the point because Deicide have become a legacy band. That is, a band that writes and records new material just so they can go on tour and play songs off their earlier, much better albums. Slayer is a perfect example of a legacy band. So, I will review this new Deicide album when it comes out. I will probably say that it has a couple of standout tracks, but is kind of lackluster overall. But you know what, when Deicide comes to town in support of this new album I will go see them because I want to watch them play their old, legendary songs.”
Not to boast, but that was pretty dead on. In The Minds Of Evil, like many Deicide albums, is pretty forgettable. It isn’t terrible, but with so many solid death metal bands out there it just can’t compete. The standout on this album is the track Beyond Salvation. It reminds me of Oblivious to Evil off their debut album.
The production on the album is top notch. Production is an area where Deicide have struggled in the past, so going to Audiohammer (Jason Suecof did this one, Mark Lewis did the last one) for their last couple albums is a good choice.
To sum it up, another throw away album from a legendary death metal band. In the immortal words of Keith Olbermann, “Get a roll of stamps and mail it in.”
Overall score 5/10
Reviewed by Alonzo Mosely aka Slippery Jim, the other half of the legendary Crotchduster. Alonzo also plays guitar for the undeniably badass thrash/punk band Destructonomicon