10 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Deicide cemented their reputation with two of the definitive American death metal albums—1990’s Deicide and 1992’s Legion—Roadrunner Records released the demo tapes that had initially sparked their interested in the young Florida outfit. Recorded in 1987 and 1989, when Deicide were still known as Amon (after a medieval demon who was said to govern “40 infernal regions”), these songs emphasize the unruly intensity of their early years. The distorted vocal effects of “Sacrificial Suicide” and the untamed guitar solos of “Crucifixation” are just two signs of the looming influence that European and Scandinavian dark metal bands had on the impressionable young Americans. Many of these songs would be rerecorded for Deicide’s eponymous debut on Roadrunner, at which point the band was already moving their sound in a more distilled and groove-oriented direction. Fans tend to regard the later versions as superior, but you might have a different opinion after experiencing the blistering, punk-tinged renditions of “Day of Darkness” and “Oblivious to Nothing,” recorded in 1987, before anyone in the band had turned 20.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After Deicide cemented their reputation with two of the definitive American death metal albums—1990’s Deicide and 1992’s Legion—Roadrunner Records released the demo tapes that had initially sparked their interested in the young Florida outfit. Recorded in 1987 and 1989, when Deicide were still known as Amon (after a medieval demon who was said to govern “40 infernal regions”), these songs emphasize the unruly intensity of their early years. The distorted vocal effects of “Sacrificial Suicide” and the untamed guitar solos of “Crucifixation” are just two signs of the looming influence that European and Scandinavian dark metal bands had on the impressionable young Americans. Many of these songs would be rerecorded for Deicide’s eponymous debut on Roadrunner, at which point the band was already moving their sound in a more distilled and groove-oriented direction. Fans tend to regard the later versions as superior, but you might have a different opinion after experiencing the blistering, punk-tinged renditions of “Day of Darkness” and “Oblivious to Nothing,” recorded in 1987, before anyone in the band had turned 20.

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About Deicide

Controversy has plagued Florida-based quartet Deicide. During their first tour in 1992, the band was severely criticized for their statements in favor of animal sacrifices. Their Stockholm, Sweden, concert was canceled after four songs when a bomb was discovered on-stage. Led by vocalist/bass player Glen Benton, Deicide has delivered some of the goriest sounds to ever emanate from the Sunshine State. Their songs continue to radiate with the brutal attack of satanic death metal.

Formed in 1987, Deicide quickly released two demos -- Feasting the Beast in 1987 and Sacrificial in 1989 -- under the name Amon. Signing with Roadrunner Records, they changed their name and released their first full-length CD, featuring all six demo tracks, in 1990. They didn't tour until releasing their second album, Legion, in 1992. A string of albums followed, including Amon: Feasting the Beast (1993), Once Upon the Cross (1995), Serpents of the Light (1997), the live When Satan Lives (1998), Insineratehymn (2000), In Torment, In Hell (2001), Scars of the Crucifix (2004), and Stench of Redemption (2006). Deicide's Till Death Do Us Part was released on Earache Records in April 2008. ~ Craig Harris

GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1987

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