9 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deicide’s 2004 album Scars of the Crucifix was their first release after parting ways with Roadrunner Records and the last to feature founding guitarists Eric and Brian Hoffman. By this point, the internal strife that would soon break this lineup was leaking into the music. Where Deicide had always been an outwardly destructive force, seeking to leave anything that crossed their path in a pile of rubble, those destructive impulses started to turn inward near the end of the Hoffman era. In these songs, Glen Benton’s vocals become an act of self-incineration, while the rhythms often feel jumpy and constrictive, as if the band were asphyxiating themselves. Fortunately, some of these themes actually work in favor of the music, especially because Deicide have always embraced themes of anger, hatred, and annihilation. Tense and frenzied, the music in “Enchanted Nightmare” and “Go Now Your Lord Is Dead” mirrors the images in the lyrics. Overall, the album’s strongest songs arrive toward the beginning. “Scars of the Crucifix” is epically infuriated, while “F**k Your God” lives up to its reputation as a favorite song to play during enemy interrogations.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deicide’s 2004 album Scars of the Crucifix was their first release after parting ways with Roadrunner Records and the last to feature founding guitarists Eric and Brian Hoffman. By this point, the internal strife that would soon break this lineup was leaking into the music. Where Deicide had always been an outwardly destructive force, seeking to leave anything that crossed their path in a pile of rubble, those destructive impulses started to turn inward near the end of the Hoffman era. In these songs, Glen Benton’s vocals become an act of self-incineration, while the rhythms often feel jumpy and constrictive, as if the band were asphyxiating themselves. Fortunately, some of these themes actually work in favor of the music, especially because Deicide have always embraced themes of anger, hatred, and annihilation. Tense and frenzied, the music in “Enchanted Nightmare” and “Go Now Your Lord Is Dead” mirrors the images in the lyrics. Overall, the album’s strongest songs arrive toward the beginning. “Scars of the Crucifix” is epically infuriated, while “F**k Your God” lives up to its reputation as a favorite song to play during enemy interrogations.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Angel of death ,

Good album, Good band, Good cover, but bad track names

Scars of the Crucifix was the final album with the Hoffman Brothers, before they left. This album is good( which includes the cover and music), but I don't like some of the track names. Don't get me wrong, some songs like the pentecostal, enchanted nightmare, and stuff like that is good, but i dont like the name f--- your god. It is good, but not the name.

DANOWAR ,

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

oh wow, senecablood you crack me up...is sesame street aware that cookie monster is singing for this band...wow...thats funny and totally original. i mean, its true isnt it? it sounds like cookie monster is singing doesnt it? see, thats what makes that funny, cuz cookie monster had a really gravely voice and thats what the vocals sound like on this album. get it? so its really funny...wow...do you write your own material? are you a comedian? because you could really make a living writing jokes like that. i mean, your just SO original and absolutley HILARIOUS. keep it coming man, cuz your just so danged funny. UH OH, LOOK OUT JEFF FOXWORTHY--SENECABLOOD's gonna give you a run for you money, cuz he's just so original and absolutley knows what he's talking about, which is why he's so funny.

oh yea, the album KICKS A$S too.

ROCK ON \m/

and to that review with the pentagram made out of 6's--thats awesome dude.

50 cent's EVIL TWIN ,

Death Metal Is Not For The Weak

Yeah, I will admit that I am not completely fond of the screaming, however, it is no different from any other death metal band. Just listen to Cannibal Corpse. However, what makes this album so sweet is the guitars and the drums. That is why it is a good album. By the way, if you don't like the screaming, then get into soft rock and don't write a review if you don't like real death metal.

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