Hammerheart Records to reissue Deicide

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:

  1. Deicide (1990)
  2. Legion (1991)
  3. Once Upon the Cross (1995)
  4. Serpents of the Light (1997)
  5. Insineratehymn (2000)
  6. 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.

Amon - Sacrificial  Amon - Feasting the Beast

Regardless, these are terrific recordings and it’ll be great to have them back in circulation again.

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Exhuming the Forgotten: Malevolent Creation, “The Ten Commandments.”

Malevolent Creation, "The Ten Commandments"
Malevolent Creation, "The Ten Commandments"

OK I explained the idea behind the title in an earlier post so now let’s get down to business. Was I right or wrong for not working this album into the rotation much more than I have in the past? Let it not be said that I can’t admit I fucked up. This album is so much better than I remember it being back when I was first getting into death metal back around 1991. I think part of the reason I love it more now is the production. The drums aren’t an overprocessed nightmare that don’t even sound like actual drums. This makes the song Sacrificial Annihilation true joy to listen to because the kickdrums are out of control on this song. In fact I rather enjoy Scott Burns production although if you weren’t paying the requisite attention the guitars could lead you to believe that this was Deicide or Sepultura. This is not a complaint about the guitar sound by any stretch as it still sounds organic without sounding like garbage. There is a difference between sounding good and being sterile.

I also didn’t remember Brett Hoffman’s vocals being so distinct. Back when so many bands were trying to trying to create the most extreme vocals sounds they could think of Brett Hoffman went in another direction and tried to combine clarity with harshness as best he could. He succeeds beyond even his wildest dreams.

For something that has 20 years of age it’s amazing how unique it sounds. It isn’t technical to the point where you wonder if they know how to write a fucking song but not so straightforward as to be forgettable. This album has hooks. Granted some of those hooks came courtesy of Hell Awaits era-Slayer. Don’t try to convince me the song Malevolent Creation doesn’t owe Kill Again a royalty check. It is not a sin to be catchy nor is it impossible to kick major ass while doing so. If you don’t believe me put this on and then try to argue with me. I personally don’t love breakdowns but in the right hands they are a devastating weapon. These guys know how and when to use them for maximum effect. It also helps that most of the breakdowns are of the bay area thrash variety. Reminding me of bay area thrash is a cheap but effective way to get on my good side. They aren’t the fastest band or the heaviest, however they are smart enough to mix the two making for quite the heady audio elixir. I saw them last year and let’s just say there’s a damn good reason they still play Multiple Stab Wounds every time.

Verdict – I was wrong and I shall make restitution immediately.

P.S It’s good to be back with these fuckers. I have to commit a bit of heresy and put on a bit of Thin Lizzy to celebrate. I think you know which song.

Idea. *best said in the voice Simon Pegg used in Hot Fuzz*

While searching for Inspiration and something to kill the time while waiting for my Irene-induced blackout to end I fired up the mp3 player and put on Malevolent Creation’s The Ten Commandments. I then realized this is one of those older albums I don’t really listen to for reasons I don’t understand. Probably one of those things where I just lack the time or I’m not in that particular mood. So now I will be going through the music I have at my disposal and look for older records that I don’t really listen to and see if my ignoring them is justified or foolish on my part. I call it Exhuming the Forgotten, even though most of the time I’ll probably be the only one who forgot the album in question. I’ll have one for The Ten Commandments up soon.

P.S. When I said I was searching for Inspiration that’s the name of my pet redhead that I keep in the closet. If you find her drop me a line, redheads are hard to find.