Netherlands’ Hammerheart Records has announced that they’re going to work with the Hoffman brothers on some pretty big DEICIDE news:
Hammerheart Records will also re-issue all the Deicide albums that were released from 1990 until 2001. All albums will get a deluxe treatment, remastering, 2-CD editions, bonus tracks (tons of never released recordings), LP editions (first time for some), digital, MC, merchandise. The whole package, the whole deal, as done on Pestilence and currently being done on Malevolent Creation. This is a huge undertaking and we will start soon, and the whole project will keep us busy for 2018-2020 (do not contact us on details, we simply do not know yet).
Just looking at the dates (1990-2001), this covers everything Hoffmans-era Deicide released on Roadrunner:
- Deicide (1990)
- Legion (1991)
- Once Upon the Cross (1995)
- Serpents of the Light (1997)
- Insineratehymn (2000)
- In Torment in Hell (2001)
Whether they’ll include the live album, When Satan Lives is unclear at this point.
Curious how Roadrunner Records plays into this. Metal Blade released an LP of the first Deicide album in 2015 and according to Discogs, Roadrunner & Roadblock still control the copyright & publishing, respectively. Cool that they’re allowing others to keep this stuff alive now that they’ve moved on to more mainstream pastures.
These could end up being definitive versions if the remastering goes well and Hammerheart’s deluxe reissue of MALEVOLENT CREATION’s The Ten Commandments that just got released sounds really, really good. If the Deicide material gets this sort of love, we’re all going to be very happy. Vinyl box set? Here’s hoping.
But wait, there’s more!
Before Deicide was Deicide, Deicide was AMON. When the Hoffman’s split from Glenn & Steve in 2004, they regrouped under that name and eventually released Liar in Wait in 2012. From Hammerheart:
Hammerheart Records will release a new Amon album, will re-issue the 2012 album and also the legendary Amon demos from 1987 and 1989. We heard new songs, and they have the classic Amon/Deicide crunch/vibe, they are catchy yet brutal, they are quality Death Metal par excellence.
Those Amon demos were previously released in 1993 as a Deicide compilation called Amon: Feasting the Beast. It’s unclear if this is a straight reissue of that compilation or something new & fun like cassettes with the original art.
Regardless, these are terrific recordings and it’ll be great to have them back in circulation again.
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