Deicide: A Primer (of Sorts)

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Like so many others, Deicide were one of the first death metal bands I really got into, alongside Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel. I remember 15-year-old me shoehorning “Bible Basher” and “Satan Spawn, The Caco-Daemon” onto the countless mix CDs I’d burn to listen to on the bus to school, couching them between less intense fare like Operation Ivy and Nirvana. Glen Benton’s brimstone-fueled bellow provided the soundtrack to plenty of sweaty post-practice runs around the soccer field, and the over-the-top, almost cartoonish Satanism that coursed through records like Once Upon the Cross and Legion was a balm to my angry, angsty teenage atheist’s (lack of) soul. Almost 10 years and a whole lot of lackluster releases later (To Hell With God? Really?), Deicide’s fallen out of favor, but have still got a piece of my heart. Nowadays, I’m much more likely to crank Onward to Golgotha or the new Derketa album instead of Deicide’s self-titled, but “Lunatic of God’s Creation” remains one of my all-time favorite songs.

Formed as Amon in 1988, Deicide quickly swapped names for their current Christ-baiting moniker, and proceeded to shake up Florida’s slowly building death metal scene. Singer and Satanic provocateur Glen Benton caused a stir around the band with his uber-violent anti-Christian lyrics, quickfire temper, and the raw, ragged scar of an inverted cross he burned into his forehead. The band released several classic albums, including their 1990 self-titled LP, 1992’s Legion, and 1995’s Once Upon the Cross, toured the world, and generally kicked up a ruckus wherever they went. Over the ensuing few decades, Deicide released a handful of solid albums and more than a few duds, until in more recent times, a revamped lineup resulted in the surprisingly excellent (and aptly-titled) The Stench of Redemption. Their last record, To Hell With God, was released by Century Media  in 2011.

These hoary old death metal giants will be rolling through Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, and are still worth the $15 ticket, if only to hear watch the veins bulge out of Glen’s forehead beneath that faint, famed scar, and hear him shriek out the words to “Dead By Dawn.”

Essential Listening:

“Lunatic of God’s Creation”
Deicide (1990)

“Satan Spawn, The Caco-Daemon”
Legion (1992)

“Bible Basher”
Insineratehymn (2000)

“When Satan Rules His World”
Once Upon the Cross (1995)

“Dead By Dawn” live
Deicide (1990)

Bonus Round:
Deicide (as Amon) take over Tampa’s public access TV station in 1988:

Deicide. With Ebullition, Hellwitch, and Murder Suicide. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $15; all ages. Call 954-564-1074, visit

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