If General Surgery‘s debut was an event to ponder, Deicide‘s eigth studio album is such even more. The main thought that fell into me as I was listening to this album, and believe me I have listened to it many times now, is that that this guy with paige cut hair is really getting old. Don’t misunderstand me this album is stuill full of energy and violence, but for a start, it’s becoming always less Deicide and always more traditional Metal plus some Deicide touches. I read an interview with Benton who was talking about how Elvis was cool when he saw him live, and guess whose band is being covered in an alternative edition of this album? Deep Purple!!! Fuck!! Deep Purple!!! The mummies, the walking corpses, who the fuck is caring for that acid trip shit nowadays? When are Deicide going to pay homage to the fucking Beatles? Apart from this, the guy is getting bald and fat, shot a video of him riding a motorcycle (ah ah ah, yeah, just like that Manowar video!), and released an album like this, so chock full of Malmsteen-like solos I was about to vomit. Honestly, were the Hoffman brother THAT important in the making of the songs? I guess we’ll know only when they’ll be forming a new band (and I read they are). Now that I said all the obnoxious things about this album, it’s time for me to tell you that aside for all that bullshit, this album is definitely good. You have to work a bit on CoolEdit or a similar audio editing program to CUT OFF all the solos, because they’re really unbearable, but once you delete them permanently from the mix (please Earache, once it’s time for a re-edition, release an alternative version of this album without that guitar shit), you get solid, powerful and fast rhytmic riffs, with Steve’s trademark super double bass carpeting the whole album. It is always delicious to hear how Deicide still manages to write power riffs that mainitain the crush even when arranged in such fast tempos. Glen’s vocals are still deep and cavernous, avan if without that histerical, possessed timbre of the first two albums. I won’t say again, that they got back the genius of “Legion”, but for sure this is not the ton of smoking shit that was “Once Upon the Cross” either (not to mention the following non-existing albums). We follow the lines of “Scars of the Crucifix” now, as this album is still one hundred percent super tightly fastened Death Metal with Deicide’s trademark backing screams. However I have also to say they lost some of their trademark sound, which has evolved a bit towards more traditional solutions. I was tempted to give this album a 9-score rating, but the solos in here are so horrendous and superfluous that I should give the whole album a five minus (listen that ridicolous wanking in song 4! What’s that , The Toy Dolls?). Whatever the case, I personally suggest to skip the solos manually with the fast forward button and try to savor the rest. There is a lot of solid guitarwork here, without the classic “Legion” overlays but quite interesting nonetheless. And the cover artwork looks superb, especially compred to the cover of “Serpents of the Light” (ah ah what a joke that one!), it reeks of brimstone!