DEICIDE BIOGRAPHY 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 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 'Amon: 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.
1. LACUNA COIL - Heaven's A Lie (Century Media/Fono Ltd) 2. HATE ETERNAL - Servants Of The Gods (Earache/Soyuz) 3. DEICIDE - Once Upon The Cross (Roadrunner) 4. CENTINEX - The Eyes Of The Dead (Repulse) 5. THE KOVENANT - Dragonstorms (Hammerheart/Fono Ltd) 6. THE KOVENANT - In Times Before The Light (Hammerheart/Fono Ltd) --- --- --- --- // news // --- --- --- --- 7. LUNARIS - Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (Elitist/Earache/Soyuz) 8. ANAL COLLISION - Panzer Valley (band) 9. ANAL COLLISION - South Of Heaven [by SLAYER] (band) 10. HELLVETO - Burning Statues (band) 11. HELLVETO - Days Occupated By Tears (band) 12. DARK TRANQUILLITY - Hours Passed In Exile (Century Media/Fono Ltd)
Earache is proud to announce its newest signing: Deicide. 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 set the standards for Death Metal well over a decade ago and have maintained those standards ever since. Earache US boss Al Dawson had this to say about the Deicide signing: "I am very proud to be working with Deicide, 'the most evil band in the world.' These guys have stood the test of time and they continue to lead the way. They are the real deal. Earache's roster has never been stronger than it is today." Deicide embark on a headlining European tour this week. Upon their return to Tampa, the band will begin work on their Earache debut. 06.11 Rios, Bradford UK 07.11 Mean Fiddler, London, UK 08.11 Plato, Helmond, Holland 09.11 Exil, Trier, Germany 10.11 Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium 11.11 Zeche Carl, Essen, Germany 12.11 La Locomotive, Paris, France 13.11 After Club, Amneville, France 15.11 Hellraiser, Engelsdorf, Germany 16.11 Gagarin 505, Athens, Greece 17.11 Hydrogeios, Thessaloniki, Greece 19.11 Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria 20.11 Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany 21.11 Similaso, Brno, Czech Republic 22.11 Strefa Radia Kolor, Wroclaw, Poland 23.11 Proxima, Warsaw, Poland 24.11 East Club, Bischofswerda, Germany 25.11 Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland 26.11 Auditorium Flog, Firenze, Italy 27.11 Transilvania, Milan, Italy 28.11 Priskovo, Kranj, Slovakia 29.11 Nem Art Club, Budapest, Hungary 30.11 Oho, Oberwart, Austria