The Stench of Redemption (Earache)

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The title of Deicide’s latest release isn’t simply puffed-up abstraction. It alludes to a bitter feud between frontman Glen Benton and two ex-Deicide guitarists, who cofounded the consummately savage death-metal outfit with Benton in the late ’80s. But despite some heated mudslinging in the media, the group’s aesthetics prevail: The potent leads of the new axmen burst like fireworks over Deicide’s grunt-and-grind foundation, adding welcome hooks. Thanks to this shot of melody, Benton’s redemption smells remarkably sweet. — Hank Shteamer