This Texan black metal band has been doing the rounds since 2000. A demo anointed Bacterium was released in 2000 following which the band went back into the underground. The group signed with Negativity Records of Tim Bartlett and issued its four-track CD, The Deeds Of The Antichrist, in 2008. A full-length, entitled Cathedral Of Vampires, was promised through Negativity for 2010.
EVIL GOD - DEEDS OF THE ANTICHRIST - NEGATIVITY
According to this band, “God is a closet Satanist.” As logical as that might be, living in Texas and Louisiana cannot be much for these musicians.
The album at hand is a bolt from the blue. The band’s name is a new one to this writer and with an exciting cover artwork by Luco Signorelli there was no reason to wait to hear the band. The band’s music was somewhat of a surprise. Where one expects screeching brutal black metal a la Kult Ov Azazel or Deicide the evil gods instead make a point of mixing several styles and tempos into their black metal. The four songs, including one introduction, mix speed, thrash and more flexible guitar shredding. The songs are ah over six minutes permitting for the dexterity. The vocals are gruff, but not the deepest, and the drum active and all over the place. The guitarist certainly can play and do what he chooses and is the superstar of Evil God. The last song, Sleeping Sickness, features some cool Dave Mustaine-style guest vocals. In fact, Dissociative Fugue State, has some speedy Megadeth riffing as well. Unfortunately, the ending shows the band needs to work on its tightness a tad. Malignant Narcissist is heavy, but begins with something that could have been on an Iced Earth early CD. Sleeping Sickness though is clearly let down by the lame synthesizers. Nonetheless, Deeds Of The Antichrist is a little different and more old-school than the average black metal release out there. At the very least, it might be worth purchasing as a CD for a donation to the local elementary school library or as a donation to the Salvation Army kettle. - Anna Tergel