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'In The Minds Of Evil'
(Century Media)

jools green

Jools Green


Holding high the banner of relentlessly brutal, evil and Satanic death Metal, Florida's Deicide are back with their eleventh studio album, 'In The Minds Of Evil', the follow up to 2011s 'To Hell With God'.

With this release there seems to be a stronger, traditional death Metal element than with their last few offerings, effectively setting it aside from its recent predecessors, harking back to Deicide's earlier releases.

Prior to this release the band saw the departure of guitar player, Ralph Santolla, however for this release Glen Benton has teamed up with Kevin Quirion on guitars, Steve Asheim on drums and Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) also on guitars.

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Vocally I think Glen has pushed the boat out this time, still brutal and gravelly but with more clarity. There's a good density to the overall sound and everything is tight and compact. The skilled and at times complex guitar work sits beautifully alongside Glen's brutal vocalisations.

On 'In The Minds Of Evil' the drumming is unrelenting, from the guitars you get gut wrenching riffs and solos that shriek one minute and then are melodic the next and every track is generously garnished with at least one solo. The lyrics are typical of Glen Benton's style, blasphemous and brutal and after over twenty years something that, thankfully, isn't likely to change.

The album opens with 'In The Minds Of Evil' which begins with the mood setting quote, "Some men just want to watch the world burn", a good album starter with great riffs and a thrashy solo before the track is even half way through. Clearly the line-up changes are paying off; an excellent start to the album.


The consistency remains throughout the album and the next track 'Thou Begone' the exciting; galloping riffs are sandwiched with chunks of vocal brutality making another winning track.

'Godkill' has chugging riffs with a good measure of vocal roars. 'Beyond Salvation' is impressive for the vocal delivery, at times rapid, yet still maintaining clarity. 'Misery of One' has a great, sinister opener, with a powerful impact when the vocals kick in, the sinister feel continues across the track and there's a rapid vocal tempo change midway and guitar break to the close.

'Between The Flesh And The Void' is dense, intense and pulsating, broken up nicely with an intriguing and skilfully off kilter guitar break midway.

'Even The Gods Can Bleed', is compact and lyrically powerful. On 'Trample The Cross' the guitar work to open and close is stunning and had my hair standing on end. 'Fallen To Silence' is another intense and pulsating track completed with a good solo towards the end.

I love the opener on 'Kill The Light Of Christ' which has a sinister blackened feel and finally an excellent album ender in the shape of 'End The Wrath Of God', with some stunning guitar segments.

The cover artwork was taken from a painting by Australian artist (not to be confused with the X-factor clown with the high waistband and home hair cut) Simon Cowell's painting 'Power Of The Mind'.

Overall this is a very good album, with all eleven tracks highly listenable. Deicide are musically back on track, having wandered slightly with recent releases and clearly have much to continue to offer the Metal world.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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