DEICIDE (1987–PRESENT). Glen Benton (vocals/bass), Brian Hoffman (guitar, replaced by Dave Suzuki), Eric Hoffman (guitar, replaced by Ralph Sanotlla), Steve Ashiem (drums).
This death metal band’s hatred of God and Christianity is notably demonstrated by the inverted cross branded into the forehead of lead singer Glen Benton. The band was formed in Florida in the mid-eighties by Benton, the two Hoffman brothers, and drummer Ashiem. They quickly became well-known on the black and death metal circuits, where their relentless commitment to the destruction of Christianity gained them many followers. In 2004, the Hoffman brothers were unceremoniously sacked from the band, allegedly over their insistence on being paid the same for songwriting royalties, but the Hoffman brothers claimed that Benton was not really a Satanist and not committed enough to Deicide. The band continues to this day, touring on the death metal circuit.
Discography: Deicide (Roadrunner, 1990); Legion (Roadrunner, 1992); Once Upon the Cross (Roadrunner, 1992); Serpents of the Light (Roadrunner, 1997); When Satan Lives (Roadrunner, 1998); Insineratehymn (Roadrunner, 2000); In Torment, in Hell (Roadrunner, 2001); Scars of the Crucifix (Earache, 2004); and Stench of Redemption (Earache, 2006).