Musically, 'Once Upon The Cross' is a smashing album with wondrous guitars and very fast drumming. (Something really interesting to be mentioned is that the speed of the songs is slower in the album compared to the speed they play them live. This happens because at first, the album's length Deicide had recorded , was only 22 minutes -insufficient duration for an album- so they had to play the songs slower to reach a 30 minutes target). The songs are very well-written and short as Raw Death metal should be. Glen Benton growls anti-Christian lyrics with more hate than ever. This guy must be the most rabid singer in the whole metal scene! The word 'vice' is perfect to describe the feeling provoked when you listen to his violent screams.
01 Once upon the cross 02 Christ denied 03 When satan rules his world 04 Kill the christian 05 Trick or betrayed 06 They are the children of the underworld 07 Behind the light thou shall rise 08 To be dead 09 Confessional rape