Music: Deicide

Deicide are an American Death Metal band forming in the late 80s. They got their start sometime in the mid-80s as Carnage, a cover band comprised of the Hoffman brothers and Steve Asheim that played Slayer, Exodus, Celtic Frost, and Dark Angel covers. At some point later on, Brian Hoffman called Glen Benton in response to an ad that the latter had placed in a local music magazine. Benton accepted the offer, and they got together writing music under the name Amon; within a month, they had recorded the 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, when animosity between the Hoffmans and the rest of the band that had been building for years came to a head and resulted in the Hoffmans leaving, with Dave Suzuki and Jack Owen being live replacements for the band. Afterwards, Ralph 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 with Santolla contributing session leads.

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 (who had been an on-off live fill-in for some time and had also played with Asheim in Order of Ennead). They have just finished a new album called In the Minds of Evil, which has been released on November 25, 2013.

Members:

  • 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)

Discography:

  • 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.
  • Badass Biker: Glen Benton.
  • 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 (given the fact that Asheim has a fairly large gun collection, it's a wonder that he wasn't shot), 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.
  • Lead Drummer: Steve Asheim is one of the most well-known and influential drummers in death metal in addition to being a multi-instrumentalist who has been the main composer for much of the band's lifespan (In the Minds of Evil being the first album where he didn't have the vast majority of the writing credits due to Kevin Quirion and Jack Owen making significant contributions; the Hoffman brothers wrote very little and Santolla wrote nothing save for his own leads and several lead harmonies).
  • Long Runner Line Up: The original lineup stayed for a whopping 17 years before Benton kicked the Hoffmans out.
  • Metal Scream: While Frank Mullen was probably the Trope Codifier for guttural vocals (early death metal vocals were generally a deeper, throatier rasp or snarl), Benton is a strong contender for being the Ur-Example of gutturals, as his lows were closer to a bellow than any of his contemporaries. He also was one of the first purveyors of the "gutturals and shrieks" dynamic that has since become a mainstay of death metal, though his tendency to multitrack and layer his vocals means that many of his highs have to be performed by other vocalists live.
  • 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.
  • Persona Non Grata: Essentially banned in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to an unspecified incident that occurred in the late 1990s that resulted in an active warrant for Benton's arrest. Basically, they can go there, but Benton will likely be arrested if they do so. It's been rumored that the warrant is no longer active, but the band still only plays in Connecticut on the rare occasions when they do play New England (and usually at a widely-despised venue in the middle of Hartford, much to the chagrin of many a Northeastern fan).
  • 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.
  • Sibling Team: The Hoffmans were this for a while up to and including the first few years of Amon after they got the rights to the name back. Brian, however, left the latter in 2011 and Eric's deranged Facebook rants seemed to indicate that the two are no longer on speaking terms.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Benton was one of the first death metal vocalists to employ the "low growl/high shriek" approach that later became a mainstay of the genre.
  • 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. Brian himself left Amon in 2011 and went on to start Kill Mode.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Benton was originally just a bassist; back when Amon first formed, they had a standalone vocalist. The vocalist was apparently pretty bad, however, and Glen decided to give vocals a shot after they kicked him out. The rest was history.
  • 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: Along with Morbid Angel, they did this for death metal. Prior to their self-titled and the former's Altars of Madness, most death metal was just very heavy thrash; those two albums established the melodic ideas and riffing conventions that became unique to death metal, and while the self-titled was definitely thrashier than Altars, it still had all of those elements front and center.
  • Voice of the Legion: Benton utilizes this effect frequently by layering his vocals.