Deicide Self Titled Album Review: Done by Rancel
Deicide is an American Death Metal band from around the Tampa Bay area. They have been around since 1987 and at that time they were first known as Amon. In that year they recorded and released their 8-track demo called “Feasting the Beast”. Two years later in 1989 they released their second demo called “Sacrificial”. Both of those demos are now available on a compilation album called Amon: Feasting the Beast.
The demos have a rawer abrasive sound than the same songs that are featured on this self-titled debut album. The demo compilation album of Amon: Feasting the Beast was released in 1993. The Self Titled album was released in 1990 on Roadrunner Records. It has since been re-issued and re-mastered in 1998.
- The Band Lineup For Deicide – Deicide Album:
- Glen Benton – Vocals, Bass Guitars
- Brian Hoffman – Guitars
- Eric Hoffman – Guitars
- Steve Asheim – Drums
Deicide self titled album has 10 songs and the song topics, which you will soon find out may or may not turn you off. Deicide is known for being a “Satanic Death Metal” band in lyrical terms. The songs are extremely blasphemous and venomous towards the church and god himself. Not all of them are satanic themed such as, “Lunatic of God’s Creation”, which is about Charles Manson and the Sharon Tate Murder. The “Dead by Dawn” song makes several references to The Evil Dead horror movies. If you are a fan of those movies you might enjoy this song.
The song “Carnage in the Temple of the Damned” has to do with Jim Jones who was responsible for the 1978 Jonestown Massacre. Glen Benton and the rest of the band member’s skills on their instruments are done with impressive precision. The guitarists in the band, Eric and Brian Hoffman do excellent lead guitar work. The two brothers are very talented and it’s a shame they are no longer with the band. Deicide hasn’t been the same without their superior riffing and musical composition skills. The riffs are all very fast and hellish that creates a hateful atmosphere, which is Deicide’s signature sound. Glen Benton vocals sound very evil and much like one would think a demon sounds like when he speaks. His low growl/high pitched rasping screaming vocals are the driving force behind Deicide’s evil atmosphere. Glen Benton said in an interview he gets this desired effect with the usage of pitch shifters or harmonizers. Glen Benton’s bass guitar work is pushed back in the mix and is inaudible for the most part.
The drummer Steve Asheim very talented as well. He punishes your ears with his intense blast-beats and double bass. Steve Asheim’s bass drum kicks sound like an assault rifle shot to your head. His snare blast is equally loud and impressive. Everything is very brutal, chaotic, and fast on the Deicide – Self-Titled album. It never let’s up on the aural assault.
Click here to buy Deicide Self-Titled debut album (1990)
Lunatic of God’s Creation lyrics:
“Servants of death, enchanter of pain
From the land of no return, you’ll kill again
Smear the blood on the naked corpse
Here are some more very blasphemous lyrics off the title-track Deicide:
Three days to rise
If he lives again he is sure to die
I killed jesus
Just to see him bleed on his pulpis throne
I am evil
I’m the Deicide and I killed the lord
No more reasons
I will kill the world in another form.”
You will literally feel the hate when you listen to Deicide’s self titled album. Even though Glen Benton’s vocals are multi-layered, you can distinguish pretty much what he is singing about. At least I can since I have been listening to this sort of music for a long time. The best songs on the Deicide album are Lunatic of God’s Creation, Dead by Dawn, Sacrificial Suicide, Oblivious to Evil, and Deicide, the self-titled song. I recommend to go buy this death metal classic and try to get their demo compilation album, Amon: Feasting the Beast if you can find it. The demo compilation is actually better than this debut album. Deicide along with another Tampa Bay death metal band, “Morbid Angel”, are legends in this genre. They are my two favorite death metal bands from America. You can check out some of Glen Benton’s interviews on various metal related sites or watch them on YouTube. Funny Blabbermouth.net interview with Glen Benton discussing the Hoffman Brothers departure from the band
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