Deicide is a Death Metal band from the United States, formed in 1987 by Glen Benton on vocals and bass, Steve Asheim on drums, and Brian and Eric Hoffman on guitars. The song lyrics, always written by Glen Benton, talk about Satanism and anti-Christianity.

The word “Deicide” (in Latin) means “The act of killing a being of divine nature, particularly crucifying Jesus Christ”. The word can also mean “He who is interested in killing Christ”.

Formed in Tampa, Florida, in 1987, the band was initially called Carnage. When Glen Benton joined the band, the name changed to Amon. While they played under this name, they released two demos: “Feasting the Beast” (1987) and “Sacrificial” (1989).

In 1989, they adopted the definitive name due to pressure from Roadrunner Records, as Amon was the name of a house mentioned on King Diamond’s album “Them”.

The group was originally made up of Glen Benton (vocals and bass), Eric Hoffman (guitar), Brian Hoffman (guitar) and Steve Asheim (drums) – a line-up that remained intact until 2004.

The band has suffered threats and violence over time. These facts often occur due to the philosophy adopted by the band, the fact that they defend the extermination of religions, satanic and acidic lyrics, and rumours involving animal sacrifices during their shows. However, the band’s success among loyal fans has not been shaken. The band’s lead singer, Glen Benton, claimed that he would commit suicide at the age of 33 during a show; however, he currently says that he was misinterpreted and that that was not exactly what he said.

In June 1990, the band’s first album was released by Roadrunner Records, also titled “Deicide”, marking the band’s emergence with the best possible impression. In 1992, the second album was released, called “Legion”, considered by music critics to be one of the most satanic albums in history. Three years later, “Once Upon the Cross” was released, full of strong images, starting with the cover and maintaining the previous characteristics. In 1997, the band released the excellent “Serpents of the Light” and the previous albums produced by Scott Burns, showing its concern with maintaining their characteristic sound.

In 1998, more than ten years after the band’s formation, an official live record, “When Satan Lives”, was finally released.

After a long period without new recordings, in 2000, “Insineratehymn” came out, and in 2001, “In Torment in Hell”.

They released the album “Scars of the Crucifix” in 2004, which performed better than their previous albums.

Deicide during show on 01/22/2009
After seventeen years with the original lineup, Glen Benton officially announced that the Hoffman brothers would no longer be part of the band because they had cancelled and disbanded shows several times for personal reasons. In 2007, the two formed a new band named Amon, used before Deicide. They are called Jack Owen (who had left Cannibal Corpse) and Dave Suzuki (ex-Vital Remains) for guitars. The latter came out the following year, giving way to Ralph Santolla (ex-Iced Earth and Death), and another album soon came out: “The Stench of Redemption” (2006). The album was the group’s best recording of the decade, very well-received by fans and critics. They also recorded a video for the song “Homage For Satan”, which was widely played online.

Studio Albums
1990 – Deicide (Roadrunner)
1992 – Legion (Roadrunner)
1995 – Once Upon the Cross (Roadrunner)
1997 – Serpents of the Light (Roadrunner)
2000 – Insineratehymn (Roadrunner)
2001 – In Torment in Hell (Roadrunner)
2004 – Scars of the Crucifix (Earache)
2006 – The Stench of Redemption (Earache)
2008 – Till Death Do Us Part (Earache)
2011 – To Hell with God (Century Media)
2013 – In the Minds of Evil (Century Media)
2018 – Overtures of Blasphemy (Nuclear Blast)