Feb 042011

On February 15, the infernal majesty of DEICIDE will unleash hellfire on our fragile world with Century Media’s release of the tenth album in their storied career, To Hell With God. Today, we are proud (and duly humbled) to provide the exclusive premiere of the closing track from the new album, called “How Can You Call Yourself A God?”

As we wrote yesterday, this is a red-letter day for us. Not only is this our first world premiere of a song, it’s a song by one of death metal’s true icons — a band whose name every devoted deathmetalhead knows, a band who helped brick and mortar the foundations of a genre on which so many other bands have built their own work.

Deicide put the “fuck” in “I don’t give a fuck”. They put the “bad” in “bad-ass”. They may have put the “ass” in “bad-ass”, too. They represent all that is unclean about NO CLEAN SINGING. In a nutshell, for us, getting to premiere a Deicide song is like a fever-fueled, ringing-wet, nightmarishly horrific dream come true.

In debuting a track from the new album, we’re joining MetalSucks, who premiered “Hang In Agony Until You’re Dead”, and Invisible Oranges, who premiered “Into the Darkness You Go”, in helping to introduce the new album to all of you. We have a few words about the song itself — plus the fucking song — right after the jump.

Playing a seminal role in the development of a whole genre of music doesn’t mean, 30 years later, that you’re capable of creating new music that’s worth the time of day. But on the strength of the three songs that have become public so far, Deicide has still got the smoking sulfur in the belly — and all the songwriting and performance chops needed to kick the living shit out of most of their contemporary competitors. In fact, based on what we’ve heard, To Hell With God is Deicide’s best work since The Stench of Redemption in 2006.

The song we’re premiering today, in particular, shoves the furnace door open and engulfs you in a heatwave of sonic power. It definitely has the hallmarks of Deicide’s classic, Florida death-metal sound — that high-speed mix of scorched-earth brutality, intricate riffing, and roaring menace. But from the attention-grabbing intro to the final feedback-fed seconds, it also features an abundance of smoking hot guitar leads and solos — the best we’ve heard yet from the three songs that have debuted to date from To Hell With God. Combining that righteous ax-work with the catchy-as-hell rhythms and melody, this song has the makings of an instant Deicide classic.

In fact, if Glen Benton’s infernal voicing of the chorus doesn’t become a sing-along favorite at Deicide’s future concerts, we’ll spontaneously combust into a big platter of human barbeque.

So, with all that build-up, here’s the song:

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There’s still time to pre-order To Hell With God at this location, and you can see the band in person when they headline the GOD IS DEAD – TO HELL WITH GOD TOUR beginning next week, with support from Belphegor, Blackguard, Neuraxis, and Pathology.  Sheeeit, that’s a mighty fine line-up. And we’ve only got to wait one short month to hear Deicide deliver the decimation in Seattle.

Feb. 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Feb. 16 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Feb. 17 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Feb. 19 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Feb. 20 – Providence, RI – Club Hell
Feb. 21 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 22 – Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec
Feb. 23 – Montreal, QUE – Cafe Campus
Feb. 24 – London, ONT – Music Hall
Feb. 25 – Toronto, ONT – Opera House
Feb. 26 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
Feb. 27 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
Feb. 28 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s Music Hall
Mar. 01 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee
Mar. 02 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Mar. 04 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Mar. 05 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
Mar. 07 – Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
Mar. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
Mar. 09 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Mar. 10 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse

UPDATE:  We’e just seen the announcement that Deicide will be touring Europe in June and July with yet another roster of excellent supporting bands — Belphegor, Hour of Penance, and Amenta.  Here’s the schedule:

June 17 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell Festival*
June 18 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Metal Town*
June 23 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Baroeg
June 24 – Drachten, Holland @ Iduna
June 25 – London, UK @ London Deathfest at the Underworld
June 26 – Plymouth, UK @ The White Rabbit
June 27 – Liverpool, UK @ The Masque
June 28 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
June 29 – Namur, Belgium @ Cinex
June 30 – Lyon, France @ Ninkasi Kao
July 01 – Winterhur, Switzerland @ Gaswerk
July 02 – Kassel, Germany @ Salzmann Factory
July 03 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Exit Chmelnice
July 04 – Katowice, Poland @ Mega Club^
July 05 – Poznan, Poland @ Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
July 06 – Bremen, Germany @ Tivoli
July 07 – Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
July 08 – Torgau, Germany @ In Flammen Festival


  1. Congrats on landing FUCKING DEICIDE! Third great song so far off the new album.

  2. I may not have put the fuck in “I don’t give a fuck”, but I will put the fuck in “FUCK ME MENTAL!” You don’t go about wasting time on lesser bands do you?! Go straight for the headshot. You do realize you can only go downhill now, do you?

    Congrats on that!

    And I have to say: proper piece of music. Solo-rich ear-ripper. If it wasn’t so blasphemous I’d buy it.
    I’m joking, I’m placing an order now!

  3. Congrats on the exclusive, and holy SHIT that’s one brutal, awesome track!!

    Their Providence set has moved all over the place, they went through not just one but two Worcester MA (the metal capitol of New England) venues before settling on the armpit known as Club Hell. :\ Still going to try to make it, these guys are an incredible live show!

    • Thank you EB! I haven’t yet seen them live and am soooo looking forward to it. Too bad they picked that Providence venue instead of someplace better and closer to Boston. Maybe they were attracted by the name. 🙂

  4. Next time I seen glen benton I’m going to fucking bottle him for cancelling tour dates!

  5. Holy fuck.

    That was a killer sing!!!

    I love deicide’s use of solos!
    A lot of bands have solos that feel tacked on, but deicide’s solos always feel like a natural progression of the music and riffing.

    In the words of a starstunned japanese school girl: kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  6. Just when you start to worry that metal has reached the ceiling of how possible it is to be blasphemous out comes a new Deicide album. Fuck yea!!

  7. Fuck yeah, they’re coming to Toronto Feb. 25. I know what I’ll be doing that day 😀

  8. The only other songs by Deicide I know are those on Deicide and Legion, so it’s interesting for me to see how they’ve changed since then. The solos are a lot better and everything just seems more musical, but it’s not quite as intense as the first two albums. Still, great song!

  9. Love all the new leads I’ve heard from Ralph Santolla(“betcha can’t play this”/shred master) Keep doin’ it your way brutha.It’s workin’.”Desecration” lead fuckin’ rips too.Just thought that needed to be stated.

    • You just inspired me to listen to “Desecration”, and “Homage to Satan” for good measure. Fuck, the leads/solos on those songs do rip. I’d forgotten how blazingly creative the solo on “Desecration” is. “Stench” really is an amazing album.

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