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The Best of Deicide

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For all of their important contributions to the advance of pure American death metal, Florida's Deicide will probably be remembered in the end for the exaggerated publicity stunts of outspoken frontman Glen Benton -- possibly the only man to take his anti-crusade against Catholicism seriously enough to brand an inverted cross onto his forehead, only to almost get blown up by animal rights activists. Who would have thought those bunny lovers were the true enemy? But hey, any publicity is good publicity, right? And if nothing else, Benton was probably the only American death metal musician to challenge those wacky, church-burning Norwegians for extracurricular activities inadvertently leading to a lot of headlines -- and for the sheer entertainment value involved, fans can thank him. Anyway, since Deicide's surprisingly long career challenged but never quite matched the likes of Sepultura, Death, and Morbid Angel in death metal's lofty, upper echelons of brilliance and glory, Roadrunner's nearly career-spanning The Best of Deicide offers many metal fans a perfect chance to sample the crème de la crème of the band's material in one fell swoop (of the axe). Listening to these 20 tracks spanning a decade and five albums (their final Roadrunner album 2001's In Torment, in Hell, 1998's live When Satan Lives, and 1993's Amon: Feasting the Beast demos collection are represented), one certainly has to give Deicide credit for such unwavering commitment to their vile and misanthropic cause. Conversely, as track after bludgeoning track storms by decapitating innocents left and right, one can't help but notice the dearth of ideas resulting from the group's infinitesimal evolutionary pace. In fact, about the only serious variety in terms of recorded sound takes place via the downright crappy production gracing the scant submissions from 1997's arguable career-low Serpents of the Light. As such, later offerings like "Bastard of Christ," "This Is Hell We're In," and even the mildly melodic (gasp!) "Bible Basher" are reliably brutal, consistently speedy, and remarkably blasphemous, but never as memorable as the ten -- or was it 20? -- that came before. However, for all those extreme metal fans with aspirations of sampling all of the key contributors to their favorite musical style, Deicide, and therefore this best-of set, should not be overlooked.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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1
Dead by Dawn (Album Version)
00:03:53

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1990 The All Blacks B.V.

2
Carnage in the Temple of the Damned (Album Version)
00:03:31

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1998 The All Blacks B.V.

3
Lunatic of God's Creation (Album Version)
00:02:38

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1998 The All Blacks B.V.

4
Sacrificial Suicide (Album Version)
00:02:51

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1998 The All Blacks B.V.

5
Crucifixation (Album Version)
00:03:49

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1998 The All Blacks B.V.

6
Satan Spawn, the Caco Daemon (Album Version)
00:04:25

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1992 The All Blacks B.V.

7
Trifixion (Album Version)
00:02:57

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1992 The All Blacks B.V.

8
In Hell I Burn (Album Version)
00:04:36

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1992 The All Blacks B.V.

9
Dead but Dreaming (Album Version)
00:03:12

Deicide, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1992 The All Blacks B.V.

10
Once Upon the Cross (Album Version)
00:03:32

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1995 The All Blacks B.V.

11
They Are the Children of the Underworld (Album Version)
00:03:09

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1995 The All Blacks B.V.

12
When Satan Rules His World (Album Version)
00:02:52

Deicide, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1995 The All Blacks B.V.

13
Trick or Betrayed (Album Version)
00:02:24

Deicide, Producer, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1995 The All Blacks B.V.

14
Behind the Light Thou Shall Rise (Album Version)
00:02:58

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1995 The All Blacks B.V.

15
Serpents of the Light (Album Version)
00:03:03

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1997 The All Blacks B.V.

16
Bastard of Christ (Album Version) Explicit
00:02:47

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1997 The All Blacks B.V.

17
Blame It on God (Album Version)
00:02:42

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1997 The All Blacks B.V.

18
This Is Hell We're In (Album Version)
00:02:48

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Burns, Producer, Mixer - Steve Asheim, Composer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 1997 The All Blacks B.V.

19
Bible Basher (Album Version) Explicit
00:02:22

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Asheim, Composer - Jim Morris, Mixer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2000 The All Blacks B.V.

20
Standing in the Flames (Album Version) Explicit
00:03:32

Deicide, Producer, Music, MainArtist - Brian Hoffman, Composer - Eric Hoffman, Composer - Glen Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Asheim, Composer - Jim Morris, Mixer

© 2003 The All Blacks B.V. ℗ 2000 The All Blacks B.V.

Album Description

For all of their important contributions to the advance of pure American death metal, Florida's Deicide will probably be remembered in the end for the exaggerated publicity stunts of outspoken frontman Glen Benton -- possibly the only man to take his anti-crusade against Catholicism seriously enough to brand an inverted cross onto his forehead, only to almost get blown up by animal rights activists. Who would have thought those bunny lovers were the true enemy? But hey, any publicity is good publicity, right? And if nothing else, Benton was probably the only American death metal musician to challenge those wacky, church-burning Norwegians for extracurricular activities inadvertently leading to a lot of headlines -- and for the sheer entertainment value involved, fans can thank him. Anyway, since Deicide's surprisingly long career challenged but never quite matched the likes of Sepultura, Death, and Morbid Angel in death metal's lofty, upper echelons of brilliance and glory, Roadrunner's nearly career-spanning The Best of Deicide offers many metal fans a perfect chance to sample the crème de la crème of the band's material in one fell swoop (of the axe). Listening to these 20 tracks spanning a decade and five albums (their final Roadrunner album 2001's In Torment, in Hell, 1998's live When Satan Lives, and 1993's Amon: Feasting the Beast demos collection are represented), one certainly has to give Deicide credit for such unwavering commitment to their vile and misanthropic cause. Conversely, as track after bludgeoning track storms by decapitating innocents left and right, one can't help but notice the dearth of ideas resulting from the group's infinitesimal evolutionary pace. In fact, about the only serious variety in terms of recorded sound takes place via the downright crappy production gracing the scant submissions from 1997's arguable career-low Serpents of the Light. As such, later offerings like "Bastard of Christ," "This Is Hell We're In," and even the mildly melodic (gasp!) "Bible Basher" are reliably brutal, consistently speedy, and remarkably blasphemous, but never as memorable as the ten -- or was it 20? -- that came before. However, for all those extreme metal fans with aspirations of sampling all of the key contributors to their favorite musical style, Deicide, and therefore this best-of set, should not be overlooked.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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