Rating: 90/100

Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen, August '04
Label: Earache Records
Style: Death-to-Christians Metal

Scars Of The Crucifix (+ behind the scenes DVD)

As the background footage on the accompanying DVD indicates, the guys in Deicide are not necessarily the sharpest knives in the drawer. Luckily for Glen Benton and his cohorts, they’ve managed to place themselves neatly on a shelf where they are the undisputed Christ bashing kings.

The overall message on “Scars Of The Crucifix” is the same as it has been since the band was formed in 1987: God and Christ are pussies, their followers are lower than shit.

Whether you agree with this subtle mantra or not, Deicide says it with conviction, and this time a trifle more efficiently than on the last offering, “In Torment In Hell” from 2001.

Deicide’s music hasn’t changed much over the years, and perhaps that’s why you notice that Brian and Eric Hoffmann have put more effort into creating blast-solos that are actually well-worth noting, most notably on the title track and the oriental touch of the solo in “The Pentecostal”.

Steve Asheim’s treatment of the drums is as always impeccable – the man is definitely in the same league as Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel) and Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory).

On the DVD, Benton states that the band has always used the legendary Morrisound Studios in Tampa, simply because that’s where the band members live and because they like it there. Perhaps next time it would be an idea to try somewhere else and see what that would bring? The bible bashing theme is not very likely to (and shouldn’t) change, the band does what it does perfectly, but it could be interesting to hear a slightly different sound from the Florida quartet.