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From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Deicide news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
J. Bennett of Decibel magazine (web site) recently conducted an interview with DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton. An excerpt from the chat follows:
Decibel: Has it been weird writing songs without the Hoffman brothers [Eric and Brian, former DEICIDE guitarists]?
Benton: "It's been the fucking greatest thing in the world. Those two are a couple of idiots, man. I hate Eric and Brian Hoffman more than anything in this world, and I will not rest until I put shit straight with the fans. Up 'til now, everybody thinks I kicked them out of the band, but nobody kicked anybody out. They quit on their own, and I wanna set the record straight in regard to those two fuckin' pricks."
Decibel: What happened exactly?
Benton: "It's real simple: Eric Hoffman has a fucking steroid problem, and he's bi-polar. Brian married some young broad who's running his life for him. What initially happened is that when our publishing deal ended with Roadrunner, and our new deal started with Earache, we put them on notice that our publishing was no longer gonan be split four ways — it's gonna be based on who writes what. That's the industry standard. Brian writes one song for the album, Eric writes two songs and they wanna get paid for all the songs Steve [Asheim, drums] wrote. That's not fuckin' fair. And I wrote all the lyrics, so I'm entitled to 50% of the publishing. Why should I give those two money? They've been losing thousands of dollars for me and Steve for ten years now. If it was one of those things where they showed up and did their jobs, we wouldn't have a fucking problem. That's why the deal we signed [with Roadrunner] in '90 was set up like that. Back then, everybody wrote and contributed and it was a fuckin' group effort. But now me and Steve are the Lennon and McCartney of the band, doing all the writing, and those two wanna get paid for our hard work. Fuck that."
Decibel: So they quit?
Benton: "When they got their first publishing checks and didn't get paid for all the songs me and Steve wrote, they fucking quit. And now we gotta deal with Eric threatening Steve, driving to his house and screaming outside his window at 10:30 at night, making threatening phone calls, talking shit on Blabbermouth about Steve's dad dying, and all this other bullshit. Eric knows better than to come over here, though — he knows I shoot first and ask questions later."
Decibel: Didn't he get busted for steroids?
Benton: Yeah, Eric got busted, and when it happened, he put the drugs in his brother's bag and then his brother got busted. [Laughs]"
Benton: "Yeah, they're real nice guys. We're in the process of suing them right now — for slander and everything else, dude. They're going around telling people I'm addicted to methamphetamine. You know what? Who hasn't experimented with a few things in their life? Big deal. So what if I experimented? They did, too! But, look, I don't even drink anymore, man. I mean, I'll have a Heineken every once in a while, but I was drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel's every night before I went onstage and another bottle while I was playing. That starts catching up with you real quick, and I started going blind in my right eye. So after a nice scare at the doctor's office about four years ago, I stopped."
Decibel: Aren't the Hoffmans suing you for the rights to the band name?
Benton: "They can't do a goddamned thing to me, dude. I own the fucking name. They went behind my back and filed on my trademark, so I'm in the process of suing them to get their names off it. And I will win. They abandoned their jobs, and now they wanna come back. Well, there's no coming back, man. Sorry. It's a better band now because they're gone. They're just a couple of losers, and they rode on me and Steve's coattails for all these years."
Decibel's entire interview with Glen Benton can be found in the magazine's April 2006 issue, available on the newsstands right now.
Deicide have declared 6.6.06 the release date for their upcoming album on Earache records. The album, titled "The Stench of Redemption", is tentatively set for release on the date that coincides with the mark of the beast.
The album is currently in the preliminary stages as the band are gearing up to enter the studios with Jim Morris of Morris Sound. The band have demoed 10 songs which Glen Benton is locked away preparing his signature twisted lyrics to coincide with the brutally heavy tracks. This album marks the bands first recorded album with an all-new line-up who has been igniting audiences so far. The two-guitar attack of Deicide now comprises of Jack Owen of Cannibal Corpse fame and Ralph Santolla of Iced Earth and Death fame. The band are very excited to release this album, as Glen Benton has reported that this is one of the best death metal albums in years.
Initially, Benton reported that the album had Earache head Digby Pearson banging his head and jumping up and down like a young metalhead.
The band are currently preparing for a South American stint that will send the band through 6 countries at a light-speed rate. Deicide is excited to reach their South American fans that have always gone crazy for the bands performances in the past. Speaking of that South American tour, some slight adjustments to the tour dates have been made which can be seen on the
Earache tour dates page. Following the release of "The Stench of Redemption" a full European tour is planned
Check out the band's all new Myspace site for tracks off their upcoming album.
Tampa, Florida based Metal Legends DEICIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the Arizona Metal Devastation Fest 2006. set to take place April 7-8 at Bulldogs in Glendale, Arizona. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Friday, April 7:
HE WHO BINDS HIMSELF
JOB FOR A COWBOY
Saturday, April 8:
VITAL REMAINS (w/ Glen Benton)
SANITY IN DEATH
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/azmetaldevastationfest
DEICIDE, IGNITE and CATARACT are the latest confirmed bands for this year's Metalliga Open Air festival, set to take place June 16-17 in Dornbirn – Lustenau, Austria. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
BORN FROM PAIN (Netherlands)
DARK FUNERAL (Sweden)
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS (Germany)
PROJECT PEACEMAKER (Germany)
V8 WANKERS (Germany)
More confirmations will be announced soon.
The two-day ticket will cost €38 (camping included). Pre-sale starts in February.
Floridian death metallers, DEICIDE have unveiled the title of their latest album. Entitled "The Stench of Redemption," the record will be the first DEICIDE album to feature new guitarists Jack Owen (formally of CANNIBAL CORPSE) & Ralph Santolla (ex DEATH / ICED EARTH) who have been touring in the band since the departure of the brothers Hoffman in 2005.
In total, 10 instrumental songs have been demoed and Glen Benton is currently locked away working on suitably sick vocals / lyrical themes to rival the brutality of the compositions.
"The Stench of Redemption" will be produced by Jim Morris and the band will be entering Morrisound studios in the next few weeks to commit it to tape for a May release through Earache Records. A full European tour is currently being booked to follow the release.
VITAL REMAINS will be making a rare New England appearance featuring Glen Benton of DEICIDE on lead vocals on January 28 at The Living Room in Providence, Rhode Island. The group's lineup will also feature Ralph Santolla (DEICIDE, DEATH, ICED EARTH) on lead guitar, Dave Suzuki on drums and Ron Greene on bass. Also appearing on the bill will be Boston doom legends GRIEF, SIN OF ANGELS, I, DESTROYER, and TERATISM.
Deicide frontman Glen Benton will feature in an hour long BBC documentary called Death Metal Murders (part of the acclaimed 'This World' series), which explores link between Heavy Metal music (specifically Death and Black Metal) and Satanism and murder. The show will air at 9pm (GMT), Thursday 24th November on BBC2.
Of the young heavy metal fans pictured, three are now dead; four are on trial charged with murder; one is serving 19 years; two more of their friends are serving long prison sentences. They were called the Beasts of Satan and their story has gripped Italy for more than a year. With unique access to them and their families, as well as graphic police footage, This World asks - how much did their addiction to satanic Death Metal music influence their descent into torture, sacrifices and murder? The film also travels around the world, from Milan to Oslo to California, investigating the bizarre underground scene that is Extreme Metal music. We interview the extraordinary musicians from Glen Benton of Deicide (who has an upside down cross branded into his forehead) and Necrobutcher of Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem, to a Capuchin monk who struts the stage of a Metal festival in Northern Italy roaring out Heavy Metal songs, to self-confessed Swedish Satanists Dissection.
"Bleeding on your knees/ My satisfaction is what I need/ The urge to take my fist/ And violate every orifice/ You're nothing/ Beaten into submission/ Raping again and again." These are the lyrics of Sex. Murder. Art. - a 1995 track by American band Slayer, who have sold millions of albums around the world. They and other Death Metal bands sing about rape, torture, necrophilia, murder and Satanism. Over the years, this type of music has been blamed for driving teenage boys to murder and suicide. The parents of Elyse Marie Pahler took Slayer to a California court in a failed attempt to ban the sale of this kind of music to children, after their daughter was murdered by Slayer fans obsessed with Satanism.
"No-one can contradict me when I say that Heavy Metal and Satanism are closely linked. They go hand in hand, they're inseparable. I say this without the shadow of a doubt," says Michele Tollis, father of Fabio, who was murdered in a Satanic ritual by the Beasts of Satan sect in Italy. Michele has become something of an expert in the genre, having attended more than 80 Heavy Metal concerts during a six year search for his son which culminated in the discovery of the body last year. More...
Earache Records has posted the following message on DEICIDE's recent happenings:
"Things are going good." stated a good hearted Glen Benton when
asked how things were going with DEICIDE. The band has alot coming up, a tour of the UK and Europe, new band members and alot more on the horizon. Some new blood has entered DEICIDE in the form of Jack Owens (Ex-CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Ralph Santolla (Ex-DEATH, ICED EARTH). Jack and Ralph will be the new ax-wielders of the sinister DEICIDE and Glen Benton looks forward to the new lineup; "Everyone is getting along great. I'm excited to get out there and play again without any hassles," stated Benton.
When spoken to recently, Glen expressed excitement about the upcoming DEICIDE UK and European Tour. A devastatingly brutal 23 shows in 23 days spanning across the England, Ireland, and much of continental Europe, this tour promises to fulfill all the dark wishes of their European fans. DEICIDE are just about ready to be back on top and bringing their satanic metal to the masses and they start with this tour which is sure to leave Europe in rubble following the "dark mass" that occurs when DEICIDE performs.
Following the tour the band are looking forward to putting some newly written material onto record. "The new material is the heaviest shit we've ever written." said Benton, "This is sure to be heaviest record Since Legion." Along with an upcoming recording session, the band have tentative plans to tour South America come January and February which should truly spread the heart of darkness throughout the continent.
The band who set the standard for Death Metal more than a decade ago are prepared to re-write that standard for a new century and school a whole new generation on just how its done. We look forward to everything DEICIDE has to offer us in the last months of 2005 and the oncoming 2006 year.
Another track from the upcoming Roadrunner United collaborative project has been posted online. The latest features performances from members of Deicide, Chimaira, Slipknot, Testament and more, and can be found here. Furthermore, the complete details for the upcoming release, which sees performances from innumerable artists from the Roadrunner Records roster both present and past, have been posted online here. The album from the project, entitled "The All-Star Sessions", is due out in stores on October 11th.
Bostan metal band, Burn In Silence, have signed to Prosthetic Records. After having toured with bands from Shadows Fall and The Haunted to Deicide and Morbid Angel, they will be going into the studio to record their debut album. The album is scheduled for an early 2006 release and the band will be appearing at the Prosthetic Records CMJ showcase September 14th in New York City at SCB, formerly Downtime.
Deicide have made plans to play a suprise show in Seoul, South Korea on August 8th at Rolling Hall. This will be the band's first Sout Korean show and they will be supported by Doxology and Sahon.
SKINLESS guitarist Noah Carpenter has issued the following update regarding their plans for a new album to be released next year, which will be their first with vocalist Jason Keyser:
"SKINLESS would like to say thanks to DEICIDE, IMMOLATION, DESPISED ICON, WITH PASSION and their crews for a great tour, and probably the best tour SKINLESS has ever been a part of. Also, a huge thanks to all of our fans who came out to support us. You bastards in NYC, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and Los Angeles were especially fucking crazy. If we didn't make it through your area please be patient, we'll get to ya.
Right now we are concentrating on writing the new album. Our main goal is to write the heaviest Skinless material ever. If everything goes as planned we'll be in the studio by the end of 2005 to set SKINLESS up for a Spring 2006 release through Relapse Records, followed by extensive touring. We do not yet have a title for the forthcoming album but some song titles are "Trample The Weak, Hurdle the Dead," "Execution Of Reason," "Sycophant," and "Overlord." This album will delve deeply into themes and images of warfare, and possibly a history lesson or two.
We'll be doing a few small excursions in the Northeast U.S.A, Mexico, and Eastern Canada later this year, dates will be posted as they are confirmed.
"Gut Pumping Hits" is due to be released by Stepup Productions at the end of 2005. This combo CD/DVD package will include all SKINLESS demo recordings from 1992-1997, as well as the "Buzzed And Brutal" VHS now on DVD(with bonus material).
That's about all for now. METAL!!!"
15 people were arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct following DEICIDE's live debut in Chile, which took place Friday (July 15) at Gimnasio Nataniel in Santiago.
According to El Sol de Mexico, police in Santiago, Chile arrested 15 people who tried to enter by force the venue where American death metal band DEICIDE were performing their first-ever concert in the country.
The arrests were reportedly made on Friday (July 15) after the organizers of the event closed the doors of the packed Gymnasium Nataniel, causing nearly two hundred fans to be turned away when they tried to enter the concert.
Many of the fans standing outside, according to an official report, were found to be either drunk or on drugs, and they began to throw empty bottles at the walls of the Gymnasium Nataniel as well as at the vehicles that were parked around the venue.
Around 80 Special Forces police officers responded to the disturbance and used various means, including tear gas, to disperse the unruly crowd. In the meantime, 3,500 people reportedly enjoyed the presentation of DEICIDE, whose members were said to be unaware of the chaos that was taking place outside the building.
DEICIDE's concert in Chile went ahead despite objections from local church officials, who had asked the authorities to prevent the group from playing in country out of respect for an Italian Catholic priest who was murdered by a DEICIDE fan almost a year ago.
Rodrigo Orias, 26, slit Father Faustino Gazziero's throat, smeared his face with the victim's blood and then stabbed himself several times in the chest and neck with the same knife at the conclusion of a Mass at Santiago's Metropolitan Cathedral on July 24, 2004 while hundreds of churchgoers watched in horror, according to published reports.
Orias, who had a pentagram branded on the left side of his chest (covering his heart) and several other symbols of the occult tattooed on his body, reportedly asked DARK FUNERAL singer Emperor Magus Caligula during the Swedish black metal band's visit to Santiago in 2003 to burn an inverted cross on Rodrigo's arm with a cigar — a "mark" which Orias later planned to make into a tattoo.
Photos of DEICIDE hanging out with their Chilean fans are available at this location. A Chilean TV report on DEICIDE's visit to the country, including live video footage from last night's concert, can be found at Terra.cl (Real Media).
Roadrunner Records has advanced in the process of putting together the ground-breaking "Roadrunner All-Stars" record to mark the label's 25th Anniversary. The full-length release will contain original musical collaborations between past and present Roadrunner artists. Approximately 50 musicians are expected to participate in this record, making it a most elaborate collaboration project.
Four central musicians have been chosen to produce and write all the songs. Previously announced were Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory/Brujeria) and Robert Flynn (Machine Head). The fourth writer/producer has recently been selected - 19 year-old metal prodigy Matt Heafy will take the lead of the fourth team. His band, Trivium, has been called "the valedictorian(s) of the 2005 metal class" by Hit Parader Magazine. "It blew my mind to be asked to participate on this album and write a few tracks," says Heafy "It's an amazing honor to be able to record with artists that I used to emulate and listen to growing up." These four musicians will not only play on the songs they have written but also assemble a unique team of Roadrunner artists to appear on each track.
Notable progress has been made in Jordison's, Cazares' and Flynn's teams. Music has been laid down, but vocals have yet to be added. The vocalists for the tracks have not been confirmed as of yet. The artists that have contributed to the tracks recorded thus far are: More...
The Montreal-based deathcore six-piece Despised Icon recently completed a massive Canadian tour alongside Ion Dissonance this past month in support of The Healing Process, their highly acclaimed new album. The band will make their first appearance in the U.S. at the Maryland Deathfest late May leading them directly into their first national U.S. tour alongside Deicide, Immolation, Skinless and With Passion.
Alex Erian (vocals) checks in with the following report:
We just got back from our Canadian tour and we had a great time with our bros in Ion Dissonance. We pretty much started out at the same time and have also shared numerous bands/projects in the past with those guys, so it was definitely awesome to be able to tour with them for the first time. I guess you could say that we're lucky as hell these days because our first U.S. tour will be with none other than Deicide, Immolation, Skinless and With Passion. I can't wait and you can bet lives will be taken. Cheers to all the cool people we met on the road.
Despised Icon's sophomore release, The Healing Process, was produced by guitarist Yannick St-Amand (Ion Dissonance, Neuraxis), mixed by J-F Dagenais (Misery Index, Kataklysm) and mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Dillinger Escape Plan). This album is a relentless slab of sheer aggression matched with impeccable time changes that quickly raises the bar for their peers.
Click here to stream the track "Silver Plated Advocate"
Despised Icon w/ Deicide, Immolation, Skinless, With Passion tour dates: More...
Guitarist Ralph Santolla (Sebastian Bach) will join Deicide for their upcoming US tour, which kicks off at the end of May. He replaces Jack Owen, who has returned to Cannibal Corpse duties.
Misery Index have apparently been dropped from the upcoming Deicide, Immolation, Skinless, and With Passion tour, which is scheduled to kick off in late-May. According to the band, they've "summarily booted" from the tour "due to persistent issues and problems over the last few months with the booking agent." Instead, look for Misery Index on the road in the Northeast with Magrudergrind and Rotten Sound in late-May.
Despite an announcement to the contrary on UNHOLY GHOST's web site, former DEICIDE guitarist Eric Hoffman has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that he "never played with [UNHOLY GHOST]" and "did not join" the group.
Hoffman is currently involved in a legal dispute with DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton over the rights to the long-running Florida-based band's name.
"My brother [Brian Hoffman, ex-DEICIDE guitarist] and I are working on getting a new DEICIDE together," Hoffman told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The court will decide who gets the name DEICIDE."
IMMOLATION will be touring as direct support to Deicide on their tour in late May/June. Immolation will be touring in support of their latest album, Harnessing Ruin, which features the recording debut of drummer Steve Shalaty, and the band’s most crushing yet clear production to date, compliments of longtime producer Paul Orofino. When asked about the tour and the release of the group's latest masterpiece, Harnessing Ruin, the band could hardly hide their enthusiasm.
"We are really excited about the release of Harnessing Ruin. It is the darkest, heaviest and most emotionally charged album we have ever done!! We are also really looking forward to the upcoming tour with Deicide. Together, along with Skinless, Misery Index, and With Passion, we are all going to crush the US and Canada!!! For us this will be our most extensive run through Canada, so we are really interested in checking out the mid western areas that we have not been able to hit in the past! Prepare for one of the most devastating tours of the year!"
Here's a list of confirmed tour dates so far: More...
UNHOLY GHOST have announced the addition of former DEICIDE guitarist Eric Hoffman to the group's ranks. "Eric is an amazing guitarist and we are all very excited to be working with him!!" reads a posting on the group's web site.
Hoffman joins the band as the replacement for founding member/lead guitarist Kelly McLauchlin, who left the group last month in order to continue on with PESSIMIST and other musical interests.
UNHOLY GHOST are currently in pre-production for their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Blasphemy of the Grand Devine". New songtitles include "Venomous Habitation" and "The Suffering Church".
UNHOLY GHOST's debut album, "Torrential Reign", was released last April through Olympic/Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) studios in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL).