Feb 252012

If someone were to play a word association game with you and said “Deicide”, what would be the first word to pop into your head? Would it be “claymation”? Nah, I didn’t think so. For me, it would be “motherfucking”.  As in “MOTHERFUCKING DEICIDE!!”

But the game may change after you watch the band’s new video for “Conviction”, a song off Deicide’s 2011 album To Hell With God.

Jesus, where to start? Actually, we could start with Jesus, because he’s in the video. He’s not having a good day, because Glen Benton is on his tail, hell-bent on nailing him to a church door and then sending him straight to hell.

I guess Christians who aren’t familiar with Deicide will be offended by this, but it’s not exactly Benton’s first offense. I mean, the guy has branded an inverted cross on his forehead at least 12 different times and 20+ years ago he wrote a song called “Crucifixation”, the first line of which was “Give praise to Satan, he has won.” And that was only the beginning. The damnation of Christ has been a constant Deicide drumbeat for two decades. But now we get the message in claymation. I gotta admit, I didn’t see that coming.

I guess I won’t be surprised if the video causes fresh uproar among people who take Deicide’s schtick seriously, even when a video like this makes it even harder to do that. Maybe after 20+ years, the by-now calculated sensationalism still works. We’ll see.

Don’t get me wrong — the music is still badass, and I am still going to see Deicide when they play here in March with Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, and Super Happy Story Time Land. I just don’t get the urge to do a fist-pump when I watch this video. The urge I feel . . . is to giggle. The video is after the jump.


  1. That’s some serious Wallace and Gromit shit right there, I tell you what.

    I love Deicide, and I think they make killer death metal, but I can’t take them seriously in terms of lyrics. It is, for lack of a better word, campy. It’s like Chic tracks for pissed of Satanists. And that is something that I enjoy a whole hell of a lot.

  2. According to Deicide they “shot down the video 6 months ago“. Mr Benton doesn’t seem pleased! 😀

  3. Well the song’s alright, but to be honest I think the video is GREAT. Immediately stands out and is eminently rewatchable.

    Unfortunately Deicide for me are a hit-or-miss prospect, plus one of the bands where I find it hard to separate the personalities (in this case, Glen Benton and his hyper-American personality) from the music. Doesn’t always happen, but does so in this case.

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