Deicide and the scars

Known the world over as one of the founding fathers of Death Metal, Deicide stand strong to this day as one of the most influential and controversial metal bands ever. With a relentlessly brutal sound and uncompromisingly blasphemous lyrics, Deicide helped set the standards for Death Metal well over a decade ago and have maintained those standards ever since.

Emerging from the Tampa, Florida metal underground, Deicide began life in 1987 under the moniker, Amon. Consisting of frontman Glen Benton on bass and vocals, brothers Eric and Brian Hoffman on guitar, and Steve Asheim on drums, Amon commanded a local cult following with their extreme brand of Satanic metal. Amon's demos caught the attention of Roadrunner Records and Roadrunner signed the band, who renamed themselves Deicide.

Roadrunner released Deicide's blistering self-titled debut in 1990. Recorded at Tampa's Morrisound Studio (the legendary studio where Deicide would go on to record all its albums), ’Deicide’ would one day be hailed as one of the ’Top 100 Metal Albums of the 90's’ by England's metal authority, Terrorizer Magazine. In 1992, Deicide followed up their debut with ’Legion’. ’Legion’ was an instant success, further establishing Deicide's furious musical instensity and vengeful anti-Christian stance, and securing Deicide's place at the forefront of the American Death Metal scene.

Meanwhile, Deicide was rapidly earning a reputation for controversy. The band's appearance and live antics matched the extremity of its music and lyrics. With an inverted cross branded into his forehead, Benton cast himself as the incarnation of pure evil. At shows, he was known to pull such stunts as dousing the crowds with bags full of real animal organs. Deicide quickly found themselves banned from clubs, boycotted by magazines, and blacklisted by Christian groups and animal-rights activists. Anti-establishment to the core, Deicide embodied the worst fears of the conservative masses, and loved it. Rather than shy away from controversy, Deicide provoked it and willingly engaged in it.

After the success of ’Legion’, Roadrunner Records re-issued the Amon demos in 1993 as ŒAmon: Feasting The Beast', giving new fans a glimpse of the band's rawer roots. Deicide's next studio album came in 1995 in the form of ’Once Upon The Cross’. As if to prove they had no intention of settling down, the band proposed an image of a disemboweled Christ for the album cover. This cover was ultimately censored but not before garnering massive publicity.

In 1997, Deicide released ’Serpents of the Light’, followed by a live album, ’When Satan Lives’, in 1998. Throughout the 90's, Deicide progressively honed their vicious musical attack, reaching new levels of brutality and precision. Despite becoming a father, Benton lead his band tirelessly around the world, playing countless shows to hordes of devout fans. In the face of censorship, bomb threats, and blacklistings, Deicide soldiered on, never once quitting or reforming, using adversity to fuel their misanthropic, creative fire. Deicide defined and redefined the rebellious spirit of Death Metal, and joined that very small and elite group of metal acts to sell over a million records in the process.

2000 saw the release of a new studio album, ’Insineratehymn’, followed by ’In Torment In Hell’ in 2001. The latter album marked the end of Deicide's long contract with Roadrunner. In November 2002, the band signed a new worldwide deal with Earache Records. Expect the brand new album ’Scars Of The Crucifix’ to be released in February '04.

interview with Brain on 23-02-2004

Please give us a short introduction of yourself?
I'm Brian Hoffman and I've been playing guitar for Deicide for 15 years.

Does the scars of your cruxifix will heal?
Not until the last Christian is dead!!

How liberated (label switch) did you fell when recording the new album?
It felt great to get off of Roadrunner and get involved with such a motivated death metal label.

Did Earache gave you some censorship limitations?
No, Earache let us do exactly what we wanted to do.

Do you understand why some people do censorship Deicide? And who?
don't think people should censor us but I understand why they do.

Are there things or subjects you wish to censorship?
eah, I wish to censor Christian rock, The Holy Bible and GAY PORN!

How narrowminded is the USA in the real life?
That depends on who you speak with, there are narrowminded people everywhere. Look around.

Is the new album a step further or back to your roots?
I would say both because we've always stuck to our roots but we also always want to advance musically.

What drives you to play this music more than 10 years?
It's the only thing I know how to do and I enjoy it. I couldn't think of anything else I would rather be doing.

Do you have a goal to achieve with your art? Where will you stop?
Our goal is to keep playing the music that we want to hear. Hopefully, there won't be a need for us to stop.

Can Deicide go more aggressive? Will Deicide experiment in the music?
You tell me if Deicide needs to be more aggressive. We always experiment with new music.

What is the fun of provoking? Is that why you burned the cross in your head?
You wanna direct that question towards Glen, he's the one who burns the cross in his head. However, I guess I provoke too considering all my tattoos are quite blasphemous.

Do you regret you did it? Because every time you have to explain to the masses.
I don't regret anything I've done. I also don't explain anything to anyone.

Artwork is done by Paul Booth (world greatest tattoo king!). Did he also worked on your skin? As a celeb yourself do you have to pay his hours?
I don't have any artwork done by Paul Booth.It would be a great honor to get something done by him but I'm running out of space on my body. I only have my back and my head left to do.

What is the biggest mutilation men can do to himself?
Cut their own cocks off!!

What kind of music do you listen to yourself? Other visual or audio interest?
I listen to death/thrash music like ’Destruction’, ’Exhorter’, ’Sodom’ and ’Slayer’ on my down time.

What is the fun of motorcycles? What kind of bike do you have yourself?
I don't own a motorcycle but yes, they sure are fun. Glen is the one who owns a motorcycle.

Is there anything we should know about your personal life?
I have a beautiful wife named Jessica and a wonderful and very bright 6-year-old son named Brian II. Lately, I've been busy building and patenting my own guitar designs. Keep on the lookout for the most evil guitars that ever will be!!

Last rites?
Enjoy this album, we busted our asses on this one but it was well worth the effort. I look forward to seeing all the fans on this next tour, stay sick, you crazy fucks!!!
Interviewer: twansibon
Feb 23, 2004

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