Deicide (1987-present): a Death Metal band from Tampa, Florida, USA.
riginally named Amon, they soon after changed the name to Deicide and featured the membership Glen Benton (bass/vocals), brothers Eric and Brian Hoffman (guitar both), as well as Steve Asheim (drums). They signed to 'Roadrunner' and unleashed their self-titled debut in the summer of 1990. The album itself wasn't overly exciting, but they earned their fame more from their extra curricular activities, such as their strong satanic beliefs. These "activities" brought them into the line of fire of the right-wing bible thumpers, as well as animal rights groups. One such incident was when Benton mentioned in an interview about how he spent his leisure time "mutilating God's creatures". "The Animal Militia" took exception to these comments and took it upon themselves to meet his words with violence in the form of Death threats, and allegedly bombing a gig in Stockholm.
Their follow-up 1992 album, Legion, was a marked improvement on the run-of-the-mill death metal featured on the debut. Unlike most bands who quote Satan as an inspiration, these guys at least appeared to be more of the real thing, or certainly acted the part well. Benton expressed his beliefs by permanently branding an inverted cross on his forehead; he would then save himself the embarrassment of explaining it in his old age by entering into a suicide pact that would see him dead by age 33. The remaining of their career is much of the same-old, same-old on Once Upon The Cross (1995) (featuring tracks from their original Amon demo sessions (originally titled Feasting The Beast (1990) and Sacrificial (1990) respectively)), and Serpents Of The Light (1997); the middle one being their biggest hit reaching UK 66, appropriately enough - I understand they like the number 6! More recently When Satan Lives (live) (1998), Insineratehymn (2000), In Torment In Hell (2001) have been released to less acclaim but in no way softening their gory and anti-Christian death metal style feeling, a style renewed on their new label 'Earache' the follow-up Scars of the Crucifix (2004).
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The line-up went through a change when increasing animosity between Glen Benton and the Hoffman brothers in regards to royalties and publishing; the brothers subsequently left to reform Amon. Shortly after, the guitar roles were then filled by ex-Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen, and Vital Remains guitarist Dave Suzuki. Following the tour, Suzuki was replaced by Ralph Santolla, (ex- death/Iced Earth/Sebastian Bach).
The Stench of Redemption (2006) followed to fair reviews.
January 2007 saw Benton leave the European tour to return home to the US to settle legal issues at home. Asheim then announced announced that Seth van Loo, from the tour's opening act Severe Torture, and Garbaty "Yaha", from the Polish death metal band Dissenter (Poland), would be replacing Glen Benton until Benton could rejoin the tour. Benton did rejoin the tour in Paris on January 13.
On May 24, 2007, it was announced Ralph Santolla had left.
Till Death Do Us Part (2008). As the record came out, Benton considered retiring from music due to personal matters including a custody battle.
Footnote: Brian Hoffman collaborated with Neal Moser to design the "Beast Master" guitar for the Moser Custom Shop in 2004.
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