Deicide are an American Death Metal band forming in the late 80s. The band started when the Hoffman brothers called Benton about a musical advertisement. Along with drummer Steve Asheim, they got together writing music under the name Amon, and within a month, they had recorded crude Feasting the Beast 8-track demo in Benton's garage and had started playing the occasional gig in the Tampa area.In 1989, Amon recorded their second demo, Sacrificial, at Morrisound with producer Scott Burns.After signing onto Roadrunner records, the band's name was changed to Deicide at their request, then they finally got to the recording of their Self-Titled Album, and they had gotten along since then...Until 2004, where animosity between Benton and the Hoffmans erupted, causing the latter to leave, with Dave Suzuki and Jack Owen being live replacements for the band. Afterwards, Jack Santolla joined the band full time for The Stench of Redemption, only to leave later to join Obituary. Afterwards, The band wrote Till Death do Us Part as a trio.In 2009, they signed with Century Media, following the return of Santolla for To Hell With God. Santolla left again, begin replaced by Kevin Quirion. They have just finished a new album called In the Minds of Evil, which has been released on November 25, 2013.
- Glen Benton – lead vocals, bass guitar (1987–present)
- Steve Asheim – drums, occasional guitars (1987–present)
- Jack Owen – guitars (2004–present)
- Kevin Quirion – guitars (2008–2009, 2009–2010, 2011–present)
Notable Past Members:
- Brian Hoffman – guitars (1987–2004)
- Eric Hoffman – guitars (1987–2004)
- Ralph Santolla – guitars (2005–2007, 2008, 2010–2011)
- Deicide (1990)
- Legion (1992)
- Once Upon the Cross (1995)
- Serpents of the Light (1997)
- Insineratehymn (2000)
- In Torment in Hell (2001)
- Scars of the Crucifix (2004)
- The Stench of Redemption (2006)
- Till Death Do Us Part (2008)
- To Hell with God (2011)
- In the Minds of Evil (2013)
Tropes Displayed by this band:
- The Alcoholic: Supposedly the reason why Santolla was kicked out; Benton is a notoriously apocryphal source for a lot of things, but this version of events has been backed by multiple other people.
- Bald of Awesome: Jack and Kevin.
- Darker and Edgier: Phil Fasciana of Malevolent Creation fame compares the music to Slayer, saying that "It was like Slayer intensified a thousand times."
- Drugs Are Bad: If you're Eric Hoffman, heavy steroid usage when combined with bipolar disorder will prove to be a Psycho Serum and make you highly unstable. Back when he quit, he would apparently drive to Steve Asheim's house late at night to scream at and threaten him through the window, and his Facebook rants about Benton, Asheim, and (as of recent) his brother have become the stuff of legend.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The self-titled was much thrashier than their later material, and Steve Asheim had not yet started using blastbeats (which would later become an integral part of his style).
- Jerkass: Glen Benton has developed quite the reputation for extreme arrogance and uncalled-for rudeness over the years, while Eric Hoffman is equally notorious for his extremely unpleasant and needlessly confrontational personality.
- Lead Bassist: Benton is a type B and C.
- Long Runner Line Up: The original lineup stayed for a whopping 17 years before Benton kicked the Hoffmans out.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Solid 10
- New Sound Album: The Stench of Redemption introduced noticeable melodic elements and neoclassical shred leads thanks to the influence of Santolla and Owen.
- Read the Fine Print: According to Benton, a failure to do this was what finally got the Hoffman brothers to leave. Relations between them and the rest of the band had been deteriorating for years, but it wasn't until a new contract that laid out new royalty distribution terms that the shit really hit the fan. Basically, the new terms boiled down to "you get paid for what you write", while the old contract was a four-way split. As the Hoffmans didn't write that much, they didn't earn that much in royalties under the new contract, and from what Benton said, it appeared that they didn't even read the damn thing before signing it and then flipped the fuck out when their shares suddenly became a hell of a lot smaller.
- Religion Rant Song: Their main lyrical theme.
- Revolving Door Band: Averted, the original line up stuck until 2004, and even then, there have been little to no real changes in the lineup.
- Satan: The main lyrical theme in their early days. Their later work generally focuses less on Satanism and more on simply hating Christianity.
- Start My Own: After the Hoffman brothers got kicked out, they got the rights to their old band name, Amon, and continued writing music under that name.
- Take That: "Misery of One" is a pretty clear attack on Eric Hoffman and basically accuses him of being a delusional child who caused all of his own problems and continues to blame Benton for everything rather than taking responsibility for any of it.
- Technical Death Metal: Stench displayed some elements of such.
- Title Only Chorus: "Satan Spawn the Caco-Daemon" among others
- Trope Codifier: Of Tampa Bay Death Metal. Also one of the codifiers of death metal in general, along with Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, and Morbid Angel.
- Voice of the Legion: Benton utilizes this effect frequently by layering his vocals.