The guitar tone is AWESOME, heavy and really raw, while the production is clear enough. Eric and Brian have really improved since last time we were blessed with their riffage. Speaking of riffs, this album has some KILLER riffs and the solos are a bit better as well, the riffs manage to keep things ANYTHING BUT monotonous. While they’ve done heavier and faster things, this is a more technical side of Deicide. Vocal-wise, this isn’t Glen’s best effort, but he’s pretty damn solid, a great improvement over Deicide. Alot more furious and crazy. His bass is way more audible too, it sounds killer in Dead but Dreaming, when the bass isn’t loud, its providing the missing link between the guitars and everything else, something that made the music sound thin on the first cd.
Steve performs well as always, I love his bass bursts where he stops and starts the double bass for a couple of seconds. Steve is not the most technical drummer around, but he sure is one of the fittest around, these songs require REAL endurance, and he performs them live with EASE.
The songs are mostly great, but to tell you the truth, none of ‘em really stood out to me, it’s solid the whole way through. Holy Deception has a groove to DIE for and the rest are just as solid… Although Trifixion…… Trifixion is one of my favourite Deicide songs because it reminds me of early Cannibal Corpse but way better. I’m not gonna go through the good tracks though, because they all RULE…. The themes are more Satanic than…. well, off the top of my head, this is the most Satanic thing Deicide have ever done. Deicide (the cd) mainly discussed anti-christ stuff and sacrifices and all that…. Most of the stuff after this is just dealing with Christian hypocrisy, although it’s not the end, Satanism rears its ugly head alot, I just suppose after time went by, Glen and the boys grew to hate God more and more, it’s just something that grows, they probably wanted to focus more attention on it.
Well, is this Deicide’s greatest effort? Hmmmmmm…. hard question, I’m gonna have to really think hard about this one, Once Upon the Cross was awesome…….Insyneratehym….. I might finally write my opinion later on in the review of the best Deicide cd…. I could even edit this review to change my opinion…… Oh to hell with it, I’ll just say it!! THIS IS THE BEST DAMN DEICIDE RELEASE THERE IS! This is revolutionary stuff….. it’s so innovative and remains great even today. I love this stuff, it’s just so good…. THIS is a must-have, if you haven’t at least made an effort to get this, don’t consider yourself a true Deicide fan….
This really is the stuff. I would put this in my top 10 albums of all time.