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Despised Icon

Formed: 2000
From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Despised Icon Posts Second "Beast" Studio Video

Montreal based deathcore outfit Despised Icon have released another studio video discussing the making of the band's upcoming new album titled "Beast", which will be out in stores July 22 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check it out below.

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Despised Icon Releases "The Aftermath" Video

Montreal based deathcore outfit Despised Icon will release Nuclear Blast debut, "Beast," on July 22nd. Today, the band has released a music video for new song "The Aftermath," which was directed by Matt Charland.

"Beast" was produced and engineered by former guitarist Yannick St-Amand and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap. Artwork was created by Alexandre Goulet. Pre-orders for the album are up at this location. More...

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Despised Icon Posts "Beast" Video

Despised Icon just released a new music video for the title track off forthcoming album "Beast." The album is due out via Nuclear Blast on July 22nd and features the following track listing:

01. The Aftermath
02. Inner Demons
03. Drapeau Noir
04. Bad Vibes
05. Dedicated To Extinction
06. Grind Forever
07. Time Bomb
08. One Last Martini
09. Doomed
10. Beast

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Despised Icon Reveals "Beast" Details

Montreal-based deathcore pioneers Despised Icon will release their Nuclear Blast debut "Beast" on July 22nd.

The album was produced and engineered by former guitarist Yannick St-Amand (Beneath The Massacre, Neuraxis) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth, Nevermore). Artwork was created by Alexandre Goulet and a teaser trailer is available below.

"It's been 7 years since our last record and our batteries are fully recharged," comments the band. "The O.G. line-up is back and the new shit hits hard. You'll hear sounds of our older slammin' death metal days blended with the speed and technicality of our latest records. Cheers to everyone that has stood by us after all these years. Can't wait to unleash the Beast!"

01. The Aftermath
02. Inner Demons
03. Drapeau Noir
04. Bad Vibes
05. Dedicated To Extinction
06. Grind Forever
07. Time Bomb
08. One Last Martini
09. Doomed
10. Beast More...

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Despised Icon Signs With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is pleased to announce the signing of the Montreal based deathcore pioneers Despised Icon. The label comments:

"For many extreme music fans, it may be hard to remember a time before Despised Icon, given the massive influence they’ve subsequently had on the genre. But when the group formed back in 2002 and released ‘Consumed By Your Poison’ the same year, there was little intersection between the sounds of classic death metal and the brute force of hardcore.

"But Despised Icon were among the first to fully embrace the signatures of the traditional death metal formula combined with a relentless embrace of breakdowns, part of an emerging new sound.

"Now Despised Icon have returned with their upcoming album entitled, ‘Beast.’ The genre-defining band is fully reawakened, poised to recapture the crown with the monstrous and merciless might of their potent expression. Featuring the men responsible for most of the band’s now classic death metal catalogue, ‘Beast’ is a vicious commentary on the state of the world and the state of music itself."

Despised Icon added: "It's been 7 years since our last record and our batteries are fully recharged. The O.G. line-up is back and the new shit hits hard. You'll hear sounds of our older slammin' death metal days blended with the speed and technicality of our latest records. Cheers to everyone that has stood by us after all these years. Can't wait to unleash the Beast." More...

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The Arrs Premieres New Song "Hors-Norme"

The Arrs premieres a new song entitled "Hors-Norme" featuring Alex Erian (Obey The Brave, Despised Icon). The track is taken from the latest release "Khronos", out in stores via Verycords.

Check out now "Hors-Norme" below.

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Despised Icon Announces Reunion Shows

The reactivated Montreal death metal pioneers from Despised Icon have now announced some North American shows this Winter.

The band recently performed a run of dates in Europe, four years after announcing that the group would be disbanding. While no album or full tour is planned, the members of the group are just happy to be back on stage performing together. Vocalist Alex Erian comments:

"Cheers to everyone that came out to our reunion shows this summer. The response was overwhelming. It felt just like in the good old days. We promised you a few more in Canada and the US, so here you go! There won't be any other dates so don't miss out. Keep it brutal."

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Dec 13 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Dec 14 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 20 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Dec 21 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium

Having created quite a buzz with their debut album, 2002's "Consumed By Your Poison," Despised Icon's brand of technical death infused hardcore matured and developed over the years, arguably reaching its peak with 2007's classic, "The Ills of Modern Man." The band has sold over 150,000 albums worldwide and have influenced countless number of bands in the metal and hardcore scene today. Despised Icon disbanded in 2010 after a series of sold out farewell shows. More...

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Cerebral Bore Announces New Live Shows

Scottish death metal act Cerebral Bore has announced a number of headlining shows in Spain, starting on May 7th in Barcelona.

The band will be playing five shows during what will be its first visit to Spain, with support from French death metallers Psychobolia. The tour kicks off a week after Cerebral Bore wraps up a mini European tour with Despised Icon.

Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments: "We are happy to say that we are heading to Spain for the first time. For some reason any offer we have ever had to go there hasn't quite worked out, so it will be great to play somewhere new straight after the Despised Icon tour. But it looks like we will be in Europe for a few spare days inbetween… So maybe you will see us added to a particularly awesome show taking place that week too!" More...

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Despised Icon Announces Reunion Shows

Despised Icon has issued the following statement about upcoming reunion shows:

"It’s been over 3 years already since we played our last shows and long story short, we genuinely miss it. After a few talks and a couple of beers, we decided to get back together temporarily to play a handful of shows.

"We’re excited to announce that we’ll be returning to Europe in April on the Impericon Festivals in Vienna, Manchester and Cologne. To our friends in Canada and the US, we’ll have some good news for you as well in a few weeks. Thanks for sticking around with us after all these years. Can’t wait to see you all and crush the stage, one more time. Keep it brutal."

04/25/14 - Vienna, AT @ Impericon Festival
04/27/14 - Manchester, UK @ Impericon Festival
04/30/14 - Koln, DE @ Impericon Festival More...

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Heaven's Cry Reunite After Seven Year Hiatus

Canadian progressive metal band Heaven's Cry has recently reunited. The band split in 2004 after releasing two LP's ("Food For Thought Substitute" in 1996 and "Primal Power Addition" in 2002). The first reunion show happened earlier this month (Sept. 8) at Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal as the supporting act for Katatonia. The band is currently recording its third LP for release in 2012. The current line-up includes:

Pierre St-Jean (Ex-Voivod) (vocals/guitars)
Sylvain Auclair (vocals/bass)
Eric Jarrin (Ex-Despised Icon, Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (guitars)
Rene Lacharité (Ex-Necrotic Mutation) (drums)

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"Metal For The Masses" Volume 9 Details Revealed

On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.

"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."

The track listing is as follows:

Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden

Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...

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Despised Icon Performance Footage Available

Capital Chaos has posted footage online of Despised Icon performing live at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California earlier this year. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Despised Icon Announces New Tour Dates

Despised Icon has issued the following update:

"It’s been a while already since we made THE announcement and I know some of you are probably saying 'WTF, these guys still aren’t done yet?!' hahah Well, instead of canceling the tours we had in the works at the time, we figured it’d be a good opportunity to play in our favourite cities, tour in a few countries we had never visited before and rock out with you guys for the last time."

"After touring in 24 countries in the last 6 months, we’re finally back home and getting ready to play our last Quebec and Ontario shows next week. This final world tour was simply amazing and since this is the last time we check-in with you guys, I just want to sincerely thank you all once again for all your help and support. We’ve had some good fucking times together!"

"For those who were planning on coming to our final Montreal shows, we have a few surprises for you. The original Despised Icon line-up (2002-2006) will make its appearance and play a few songs from the first 2 albums! We're also happy to announce that our brothers in Ion Dissonance and Beneath The Massacre will be supporting their new records for the first time at home and ABACABB will also be playing one of their last shows ever with us. Our homies in The Acacia Strain, Oceano and Mychildren Mybride will also be part of the event. It's gonna be epic. Bandeapart.ca will film and host the entire last set on their website for free so make sure you demonstrate how we do things in MTL! See you soon!" More...

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New Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

Everybody needs a little metal on the weekends, and the Rock Band Network has got new songs available to make sure you get your fix. This week the Xbox 360 edition has seen new songs from Graveyard BBQ, The Agonist, Amberian Dawn, Periphery, and I Am Abomination. On October 12th the PS3 edition gets new music from Amberian Dawn and Heaven Ablaze, while the Wii version gets songs from Despised Icon and Asking Alexandria. The newly added Xbox 360 tracks, including the non-metal songs, are as follows:

Andy Timmons - "Headed for the Ditch"
Graveyard BBQ - "BBQ Nation"
Last Day Off - "Mrs. Right"
The Agonist - "Thank You, Pain."
Rose of Jericho - "Midnight Eyes"
Rose of Jericho - "Signed With Love"
Mile Marker Zero - "Laceration"
Amberian Dawn - "Saga"
Gomez - "How We Operate"
Rain Dogs - "Dirt"
Shelly Rastin feat. Randy Bachman - "High Class Trailer Trash"
Confide - "Now Or Never"
Steam Powered Giraffe - "Electricity is in My Soul"
Shylo Elliott - "Far Wanderings"
Periphery - "Buttersnips"
New Rising Son - "Rain"
Widespread Panic - "Chilly Water (Live)"
Children of Nova - "Arcaedion"
I Am Abomination - "The Deceiver"
Dash Rip Rock - "Johnny Ace 2010"
Public Radio - "Forgot Love"
Single White Infidel - "Right to the Apex" More...

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Despised Icon Announces Final Canadian Shows

DESPISED ICON is wrapping up the final shows of their storied career, but they have added a few more in order to have one last hurrah with the Canadian fans that ultimately launched their career. The band has announced six shows featuring support from THE ACACIA STRAIN and appearances by friends and peers such as OCEANO, ION DISSONANCE, BENEATH THE MASSACRE and MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE.

Despised Icon's final Canadian tour dates with The Acacia Strain are as follows:

11/29/10 – Imperial – Quebec, QC (w/ Oceano, Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
11/30/10 – Cactus – Rimouski, QC (w/Oceano, Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
12/02/10 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON (w/Ion Dissonance & Mychildren Mybride)
12/03/10 – Rockpile – Toronto, ON (w/Beneath the Massacre & Oceano)
12/04/10 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (w/Beneath the Massacre & Mychildren Mybride)
12/05/10 – Club Soda – Montreal, QC (w/Ion Dissonance)

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Despised Icon Announces Australian Tour Dates

Canadian metal outfit Despised Icon has announced that they will be heading to Asia and Australia one last time this November. A message from the band reads as follows: "This is it, the final run! Asia and Australia, the last two spots on our wishlist. So stoked to finally make it your way! This will be our last tour. Come hang out and be part of the chaos. See you guys soon!"

Joining them on the Australian leg will be The Red Shore and Thy Art Is Murder.

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Misery Index Updates Tour Schedule

Misery Index will team-up with Montreal’s Despised Icon for their final North American tour this fall. This tour kicks-off on September 10th in Massachusetts and includes Misery Index label-mates Revocation during the U.S. leg with The Last Felony joining in for the Canadian run. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below, with more details to be announced soon. Misery Index is touring in support of the new album "Heirs To Thievery," which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.

The upcoming Misery Index tour dates are as follows: More...

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Revocation Posts New Live Video

Revocation will join Despised Icon for an upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off on September 10th. The tour will be Despised Icon's final string of U.S. live shows. Revocation has also been confirmed for the tenth annual Trois-Rivieres Metalfest being held on October 16th in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Revocation's Dave Davidson commented on the upcoming tour:

"We're all very excited to be a part of the Despised Icon farewell tour. Come out and support these dudes on their final US run. Misery Index will be providing direct support and grinding faces every night so we can't wait to rip it with them as well. See you on the road!"

Revocation has also posted a new live video for "Across Forests and Fjords," which can be viewed below.

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Divinity Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Canada’s DIVINITY has announced their first live performances to support their new album, "The Singularity," which will be released on August 10th via Candlelight Records. The shows are scheduled pre-release with additional dates in September with full touring planned for October.

Guitarist Sacha Laskow comments, "We are stoked to cross this great, giant country once again to promote the new album release and be a part of some sick shows with some of the best metal bands in the world. We are also so glad to finally have our new album out and available everywhere, so make sure and pick it up August 10th. We spent a year locked in the studio perfecting the album and are extremely proud with the results. It's a snapshot of where we are in time with all the influences the different songwriters bring to the table coming together under one theme." More...

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Despised Icon Announces Final Tour

Montreal’s DESPISED ICON, who announced their impending break up earlier this year, has decided to end their career with a final U.S. and Canadian trek this fall. Exact tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Alex Erian (vocals) further states: “It’s been a little while since we’ve checked in with you guys. We’re currently enjoying our first summer at home in over six years and it feels pretty damn good. However, we did receive amazing news a few days ago. Our last North American run is almost completely booked. We’ll be touring most of the U.S. and Canada in September and October with our friends in Misery Index, Revocation and The Last Felony. We’re stoked to have three of our favorite death metal bands on board with us for the final tour and urge you guys to check them out if you haven’t already. Stay tuned as dates are coming soon.”

The band has also recently been confirmed to headline the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest 2010 on the October 15th date.

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