"WELL, WE'RE A SATANIC death metal band called Deicide. We can't just start singing about politics."
Steve Asheim, original drummer and primary songwriter for Floridian God-killers Deicide, explains how his band's career is built on an extreme hatred for Christianity. He continues, "People say, 'Well, how long can you go on doing this?' Will there ever be an end to religious hypocrisy, to religious turmoil and strife, or conflict under religious banners? Not anytime soon. We're just holding up the mirror."
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 1990, every subsequent Deicide recording has been filled to the brim with over-the-top, violent contempt for organized religion and all its ideals. Now just a few years shy of the quarter-century mark, Deicide's musical style and lyrical content haven't budged in the slightest. The band's 10th studio release, To Hell with God, is as evil and devastating as anything they've ever done.
"We definitely want to hold onto our core old-schoolness. We like to continue our sound and don't want to change it too much," says Asheim. Despite the band's unwillingness to evolve topically, it hasn't hindered them—Deicide has always been able to remain in the foreground of their sub-genre. Apparently, nobody seems to get bored with blasphemy and brutality in the death metal world. For Asheim, the answer to their staying power is simple. "[We're] as heavy as possible at all times. That's always relevant. Hooks and good riffs never go out of style either," he says.
Over the years the band has widened the eyes of many religious and animal rights associations due to Glen Benton, the band's demonic lyricist and frontman. However, instead of downing squirrels with pellet guns during interviews or threatening to commit suicide on stage (both of which have happened), lately Benton's antics have taken a backseat, even if the band still continues to march down the darkest of paths.
Recently it came to light that a cheerful track of theirs entitled "Fuck Your God" topped the list of songs the United States military used to break detainees (the theme to Barney made the list as well). Naturally, the band was pleased that they could aid the troops in some way; if they can't support the church, at least Deicide can be patriotic.