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Deicide (band)

Corpse">Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen, and Vital Remains guitarist Dave Suzuki. Following the tour, Suzuki was replaced by Ralph Santolla, formerly of Death, Iced Earth and Sebastian Bach. Santolla stated he is a Catholic and this has received a small amount of shock and ridicule from some metal fans. In spite of this, Deicide's eighth studio album The Stench of Redemption album received rave reviews.[10][11][12][13] In January 2007, Benton left the European tour and returned home to the US as a result of legal issues at home. Asheim announced that Seth van Loo, from opening act Severe Torture, and Garbaty "Yaha", from the Polish death metal band Dissenter, would be replacing Glen Benton starting on January 9 in the Netherlands, until Benton could rejoin the tour. Benton rejoined in Paris on January 13.[14][15] On May 24, 2007, it was announced Ralph Santolla had left Deicide.[16] Subsequently, he joined Florida's Obituary and appears on their album Xecutioner's Return as well as the tour. Then on July 20, 2007, guitarist Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) announced that Deicide is "on hiatus" and he has joined Ohio based death/thrash combo Estuary for touring purposes.[17] The band did a Balkan tour, dubbed "Balkans AssassiNation Tour", in October 2007 alongside Krisiun, Incantation and Inactive Messiah.

By November 2007, Deicide began work on its ninth studio album at Florida's Morrisound Studios. Entitled Till Death Do Us Part, the follow-up to 2006's The Stench of Redemption promised to be Deicide's "most savage and aggressive [offering] to date," according to a press release. Drummer Steve Asheim recorded drum tracks and Benton started recording vocals in December.[18] By April 2008 two songs off this album were posted online.[19] It was finally released on April 28, 2008. As the record was coming out, Benton considered retiring from music, in the midst of personal matters including a custody battle.[20]

On January 6, 2009, Deicide posted a blog on their official Myspace page saying they had signed a worldwide record deal with Century Media, with Ralph Santolla returning to the band for a European tour. They were said to be working on material for a summer 2010 release. In early 2009 they toured with Vital Remains and Order of Ennead. Guitarist Kevin Quirion of Order of Ennead joined the band in the summer of 2009.

In June 2010, Glen Benton revealed that the next Deicide album was to be titled To Hell with God.[21] It was produced by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida, and was released on February 15, 2011.

Deicide released their eleventh studio album, In the Minds of Evil, on November 26, 2013.[22]

On October 9, 2014, The Village Voice reported that Deicide has begun working on new material for their next album.[23]


Guitarist Kevin Quirion has occasionally been a member of Deicide since 2008.

Deicide has received considerable controversy relating to their albums and lyrics, which include vehement [24]

Most of the controversy surrounded frontman Benton for a rash of shocking interviews and wild statements. Benton has repeatedly branded an inverted crucifix into his forehead on at least 12 different occasions.[25] During an interview with NME magazine, he shot and killed a squirrel with a pellet gun to prevent any further damage to his electrical system in the attic at the location the interview was held. Often taken out of context, this act garnered negative attention from critics and some animal rights activists. Benton had professed beliefs in theistic Satanism during Deicide's early years, claimed to slaughter rodents for fun, and that he held beliefs in demonic possession and that he was possessed.[26] Such statements had eventually been concluded as tongue-in-cheek and little more than sensationalism by band members questioned alternatively.[27] Additionally, Benton claimed in the early 1990s that he would commit suicide at the age of 33 to "mirror" a lifespan opposite that of Jesus Christ (however, he passed that age in 2000 and did not commit suicide, rebutting in 2006 that these statements had been "asinine remarks" and that "only cowards and losers" choose to kill themselves).[27]

Deicide has been banned from playing in several venues (such as Valparaiso, Chile over a promotional poster featuring Jesus Christ with a bullet hole in his forehead[28]) and with various festivals such as Hellfest, after several graves had been spray-painted with "When Satan Rules His World", which is a song from Deicide's 1995 album Once Upon the Cross. More recently, their music video for "Homage for Satan", which features blood-splattered zombies on a rampaging mission to capture a priest, was banned from UK music TV channel Scuzz.[29]

In 1992, Deicide was on tour in Europe with Atrocity from Germany and Gorefest, a Dutch death metal band. In Stockholm, during the Gorefest set, a bomb was discovered on-stage.[30] It exploded in the club in which they were playing. The bomb was located to the rear of the stage, behind a heavy, fireproof door. The explosion was big enough to deform the door and blow it off its hinges. Deicide managed to play three songs before the police decided to stop the concert and evacuate the club. At first, Benton blamed that attack on the Norwegian black metal scene, where Deicide's brand of death metal was despised. This however was not the case since many of the key members of the black metal scene were present at the show, including Mayhem's guitar player, who was not only at the concert but also working as a DJ. Many people blamed animal rights activists who were angered at Deicide's lyrical themes of animal sacrifice.[31]

Band members



Studio albums


  1. ^ "Deicide - Awards".  
  2. ^ a b "It's Official: CANNIBAL CORPSE Are The Top-Selling Death Metal Band Of The SoundScan Era".  
  3. ^ "DEICIDE Interview with Eric Hoffman". Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Steve Asheim". 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  5. ^ Mudrian, Albert (2004). Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore. Feral House. ISBN 1-932595-04-X. pp. 90-91.
  6. ^ Mudrian (2004), as above.
  7. ^ "Behind the Crooked Cross." Decibel: 72-78.
  8. ^ Mudrian (2004), as above, p. 162.
  9. ^ Rini, Frank (November 22, 2013). "Interview with Amon guitarist, Eric Hoffman". All About the Rock. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Deicide - The Stench Of Redemption Review". Retrieved 2011-10-25. "With this new lineup Deicide sounds better than they have in years."
  11. ^ Prato, Greg. "The Stench of Redemption - Deicide". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-25. "Despite the lineup juggle, Deicide's trademark extreme metal sound has remained intact, as evidenced throughout The Stench of Redemption."
  12. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "DEICIDE - The Stench of Redemption (Earache)". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2011-10-25. "'The Stench of Redemption' is sure to become a U.S. death metal favorite among both fans and critics."
  13. ^ Herzebeth. "Deicide - The Stench Of Redemption review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2011-10-25. "The Stench Of Redemption is one of the most intense experiences in modern metal [and] a masterpiece and it will surely become a classic record in the future;"
  14. ^ Deicide soldier on without Glen. Metal Hammer. January 9, 2007.
  15. ^ Deicide Frontman To Rejoin Tour Encore. January 12, 2007.
  16. ^ "DEICIDE Parts Ways With Guitarist RALPH SANTOLLA". May 24, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  17. ^ "DEICIDE Guitarist JACK OWEN To Tour With ESTUARY". July 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  18. ^ "'"DEICIDE's GLEN BENTON Recording Vocals For 'Till Death Do Us Part. December 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  19. ^ "DEICIDE: Another New Song Posted Online". April 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Panagiotis, K (June 6, 2010). "Deicide (Glen Benton) interview". MetalPaths. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  22. ^ "DEICIDE: 'In The Minds Of Evil' Release Date Announced".  
  23. ^ Turman, Katherine (October 9, 2014). """Proudly Satanic Deicide's Secret to Success? "Surrounding Yourself With Positive People.  
  24. ^ "Death-metal gods Deicide are the yin to Barry Manilow's yang.".  
  25. ^ "Glen Benton answers crowd questions at Deicide show". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  26. ^ "Glen Benton Interview 1990". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  27. ^ a b "'"DEICIDE Frontman On JON NÖDVEIDT's Suicide: 'Only Cowards And Losers Choose That Option. September 7, 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  28. ^ "Deicide banned in Chile".  
  29. ^ Homage For Satan' off the air"'".  
  30. ^ "Deicide Biography". MTV. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  31. ^ Ekeroth, Daniel (2006). In Swedish Death Metal, Tamara Press, ISBN 91-974334-2-X, page 274.

Further reading

  • Mudrian, Albert (2004). Choosing Death:The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, Feral House, ISBN 1-932595-04-X.

External links

  • Official website
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