Amon was formed in 1987. Influenced by Slayer, Deicide rose to the peak of the Florida death metal movement, while seeming genuine in its Satanic beliefs in contrast to many of its contemporaries. The band has attracted as much notoriety for its stunts as for its speedy death metal. Amon: Feasting... is a compilation of Deicide's two demos.
A vicious front growler who burns a cross in his forehead, dreams of dying before 33 (Jesus' death age - too late now), entering a suicide pact and suggests he kills animals occasionally is bound to attract fans and detractors and so has Deicide. An animal militia reportedly, organized a bombing in Stockholm, Sweden. Other anecdotes include Benton's aversion to sitting next to a nun on an aeroplane, getting into an argument with King Diamond over whose Satanism is superior, not touring Germany due to bad experience with catering, criticizing a promoter for having 'Messiah' open for the band and demanding Cathedral switch spots with the band because too many fans leave after witnessing the first five bands during European festivals. Glen Benton had also auditioned for Nasty Savage in 1986. With help from Cannibal Corpse the band had relocated to Buffalo for a few months in 1990. Deicide's music has remained consistent over the years and not resorted to stylistic commercialism. Up until 2001 Deicide was the sole remaining metal band on the Roadrunner Records stable. In 2002 the band announced that future releases will be issued independently and Glen Benton took over the vocal spot with Vital Remains for the studio recordings of the latter's latest album. A European tour was announced for 2002 featuring openers Centinex, Behemoth, Antaeus, Destroyer 666 and Diabolic. The European agent shortens the list to Deicide, however, as local promoters were supposedly not willing to book six bands. Deicide signed to Earache late in 2002 despite past announcements that the band will remain independent. Deicide started 2003 by touring the USA with Amon Amarth. Deicide and Amon Amarth cancelled a scheduled show in Denver during this tour because of the long drive from Seattle and adverse weather conditions. Eric Hoffmann and a roadie named as Benjamin T. Boynton (an anagram for Benton?) were reportedly arrested upon leaving Canada for the US in October, 2003 for carrying weapons, narcotics and steroids. The band's Detroit show was cancelled. The band later cancelled a Montreal show ostensibly due to a broken down van.
The band's debut for Earache, Scars Of The Crucifix, was recorded at Morrisound Studio in Tampa with producer Neil Kernon. The band shot its first music video in early 2004. The clip was for the title track to the new album Scars Of The Crucifix. The band also hit the road next with Morbid Angel and others. Later that year, it was known that the band was no longer part of a tour with Superjoint Ritual after several shows. Schedule and money problems supposedly caused the parting. A spring of 2004 romp through Europe was also cut short when the band announced itself dissatisfied with the Metalysee tour agency and cut short its dates. The band toured Europe that summer courtesy of another booking agent and later re-signed with Earache Records.
The American black metallers recruited one-time Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen for the band's late 2004 European tour with Arkhon Infaustus. Guitarist Brian Hoffman could not make the trip due to personal reasons. In the meanwhile, the same tour had had to be partly postponed due to the death of drummer Steve Asheim's father. Furthermore, Eric Hoffman had also been replaced with Vital Remains' Dave Suzuki. Hoffman was seemingly MIA! At this juncture fans were not surprised when The Hoffmann brothers were announced as turfed from the band for a general lack of commitment. Band leader Glen Benton expressed his desire to have Vital Remains' Dave Suzuki replace them. Soon thereafter, the guitarists sued their former band members and the band's label Earache Records accusing the former of misinformation and the latter of irregularities with the royalty contract. A little later Unholy Ghost claimed it has managed to recruit guitarist Eric Hoffman. The said guitarist, however, denied the report and was supposedly putting together a new band. Deicide’s The Stench Of Redemption album was issued by Earache in May, 2006. Singer Glen Benton were to pull a double shift every night in the spring of 2006 performing with Deicide and Vital Remains on the bands' The God Killers Tour Part 2 through the USA. The band’s Canadian tour had to be cancelled when the members were unable to gain access to the country due to visa and past criminal record difficulties.
Deicide performed a European tour without singer Glenn Benton at the beginning of 2007 when the singer had to stay at home to deal with “family issues!” Seth van Loo of Centurian fame and Garbaty of Dissenter replaced Benton on vocals on select dates and the band performed without bass! The band’s Doomsday L.A. video was also out in that time frame. Austrian police also arrested drummer Steve Asheim after bank employees became suspicious of the bank notes he was depositing into the band’s accounts. A leaky red pen was cited as the cause of the fishy currency! The band cancelled its planned appearance at Milwaukee Metalfest XIX in 2007. Incantation was added to the line-up. Christian Catholic guitarist Ralph Santolla had left the band around the same time and would join Obituary soon. Drummer Asheim would also play with Council Of The Fallen. The group was at Morrisound Studio in late 2007 and early 2008 recording an album called Till Death Do Us Apart. After a 14-month absence from the touring scene frontman Glen Benton cleared his “legal problems” and returned to the scene in May of 2008 in conjunction with the release of the new record. A tour with Adrift and Malevolent Creation was next in the USA. Order Of Ennead, featuring Steve Asheim, singer and guitarist Kevin Quirion of Council Of The Fallen, guitarist John Li and Resurrection bassist Scott Patrick, signed with Earache Records in the summer of 2008. Deicide picked up Kevin Quirion from Order Of Ennead as a touring guitarist later in 2008. Deicide and its tour adventures! The American black metal band cut short its trek though Central America in November, 2008 claiming the airline had given away the band’s tickets and forced a delay. The band further claimed lack of contact and cooperation from the local Honduras promoter leading to a decision to fly back to the USA. The band signed to Century Media records world-wide in January, 2009. The band led by original members Glen Benton (vocals and bass) and Steve Asheim (drums) had been busy at Audiohammer Studios with Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia, Chimaira, etc.) and was looking at a summer release. The group had reunited with guitarists Jack Owen (ex-Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (Obituary, Ex-Iced Earth and Death) and was just back from a European tour. Former Death/Obituary guitarist Ralph Santolla would rejoin Deicide for an upcoming Winterfest 2009 European tour, which also featured Samael and Devian. Another tour soon got cancelled. The Australian and New Zealand tour was cancelled after the band claimed it was focusing on completing its debut for Century Media Records. In the meantime, singer Lenny Warmbrandt, drummer Steve Asheim (Deicide), bassist Xaphan (Kult Of Azazel) and Gio Geraca (Malevolent Creation) banded together in a band called Evil Amidst. The group was recording an album, but had no official label yet. A North American headlining run titled God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour, would precede Deicide’s To Hell With God album, which was due in early 2011. The trek was to kick off February 15th and also feature Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis and Pathology. To Hell With God was produced by Mark Lewis and was still set for an early 2011 release. Deicide was slated to participate in a North American headlining tour called March Of Death 2012 in March 2012. Support would come from Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. The band cancelled its 2012 European shows in the summer. Deicide would embark on The End Of The Word Tour 2013 beginning in March. Opening at various times were Destinity, Karnak, Arvas and Sweetest Devilry. Spread The Metal Festival added Deicide to its Halifax edition in the August of 2013. The band would play alongside Erimha and Augury among many others at the Marquee Ballroom. Deicide would release a new album, In The Minds Of Evil, in the autumn of 2013 through Century Media Records. The album was being recorded at AudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof. Necronomicon, Disgorge and Broken Hope would support Deicide on the No Salvation Tour 2013 in October. A 30-year-old man named Jesus Ortega was arrested for allegedly attacking three people during Broken Hope's set opening for Deicide at the Tricky Falls club in El Paso, Texas on October 22nd. Deicide and Broken Hope had a falling out until the band’s reconciled, to keep the tour intact, after arguing publicly over a shared bass rig. Broken Hope’s Jeremy Wagner had claimed Deicide’s Benton had lost the former band’s bass rig cables and Benton countered that Broken Hope wouldn’t allow him to use the rig anymore. Wagner called Benton “unprofessional” and “egomaniacal” among other things, while Benton claimed the opening band didn’t understand the protocols of being an opening band. Deicide was supposed to headline the fifth edition of the annual Metal Alliance tour in 2015. Support on the tour would come from Entombed A.D., Hate Eternal, Black Crown Initiate and another band. Deicide signed with Live Nation and Yahoo! to stream its June 3rd 2015 concert from Denver, Colorado. It could be heard on Yahoo! Screen. Due to financial problems, Continental Concerts cancelled the Metal Alliance Tour. Deicide was continuing on its own. Entombed A.D. was booted from the shows as well. Deicide would embark on the Death In The Manger U.S. tour in December 2015. A purported First Annual Florida Metal Fest organized by Obituary's John And Donald Tardy would take place on January 30th 2016. The concert featured Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Atheist, Deicide and more. Deicide and former Cannibal Corpse guitarist Jack Owen parted ways in November, 2016. The band instead picked up Mark English (Monstrosity). Owen was playing on the road with Carach Angren the summer prior. Deicide was touring the USA in May 2017. Ralph Santolla died on June 6th 2018 in Tampa, Florida, USA. He was in a coma after suffering a heart attack on May 30th. He was 51. A new Deicide album was out in the autumn. Mark English was on second guitar. Deicide would play at PartySan Metal Open Air Festival 2019 which was to take place in Schlotheim, Germany in August 2019. Belphegor, Satan, Testament, Legion Of The Damned, Devangelic and others were also confirmed. Deicide, Origin, Jungle Rot and The Absence would embark on the Overtures Of Blasphemy North American tour in May 2019.
DEICIDE - SCARS OF THE CRUCIFIX - EARACHE
Whereas it might have seem with the more recent albums that Deicide is merely going through the motions, Scars Of The Crucifix is a ferocious album with genuine power and passion. Glen Benton bellows into the microphone with all the rage of a madman possessed. He is revisited by the very same demons who provided backing vocals on the band's exulted debut. The guitars are meteoric and the leads supply the songs with metallic inspiration. The solos are fantastic. The drums are incessant and all the more powerful because of a heavy drum sound which evades the pots and panish snare of many other death metal bands.
Scars Of The Crucifix is an ungodly album reminiscent of Deicide's first two albums. Now can someone write in to explain what the odd monologue in the middle of the album is meant to be? - Ali "The Metallian"