IN THE MINDS OF EVIL
Am I the only one that remembers when Florida was THE place for brilliant death metal? That is definitely a ghost from the past, as the major players from that era have seemingly all faded away (or, at a minimum are putting out subpar material). One of those bands that was considered a leader of that pack was Deicide, and much like your Morbid Angels and Obituarys of the Florida world, their music has become little more than tired, regurgitated crud that will draw people to the clubs based solely on their past instead of anything they are doing now. IN THE MINDS OF EVIL feels like a glass of drinking water that you know was recycled from your neighbor's toilet. It may have the feeling that it's refreshing, but you just sense that it's not truly fresh.
I will give it some credit where credit is due. The production value on IN THE MINDS OF EVIL is miles ahead of their last release, TO HELL WITH GOD. That release just sounded terrible, where IN THE MINDS OF EVIL has a big sound to it. You can give that credit to the always solid Jason Suecof. Unfortunately for the band though, the clarity just makes it far more apparent how truly dry the idea well has run. I know that death metal is never the bastion of new ideas, riffs or song structures, but every song should not sound like something you've already heard before. As someone that has enjoyed Deicide for years, songs like "Beyond Salvation" just seem to mimmick the riffs and the attempted "evil" that songs like "Fuck Your God" or "Desecration" not only produced, but produced better in the past. Vocalist Glen Benton has degraded as a vocalist to the point where he no longer offers any variation from song to song or within each song. Not that he ever was much more than an average vocalist, but his completely indistinguishable these days, and it makes listening to IN THE MINDS OF EVIL a fairly dull listen. Guitarists Jack Owen and the new guy, Kevin Quirion have seemingly listened to both Deicide and Morbid Angel's back catalog, picked out riffs, and downgraded them for use on IN THE MINDS OF EVIL. Songs like "Misery Of One", and pretty much every other song on this release sound like every other unmemorable death metal song you've ever heard. This sucks, because Deicide is generally a much better band than this.
PITRIFF RATING - 35/100 - In a word, boring. In another word, recycled. IN THE MINDS OF EVIL is a boring, unmemorable release from a band who used to have so much more edge than this. Maybe it's age or maybe it's the fact that there's just no reason to try as hard as they once did, but whatever the case, IN THE MINDS OF EVIL is just not very good.