Glen Benton: DEICIDE songs will be really anthem style with a lot of prog stuff mixed in
In a new interview with “The Garza Podcast”, hosted by SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Chris Garza, DEICIDE bassist/vocalist Glen Benton spoke about the band’s plans to record the follow-up to 2018’s “Overtures Of Blasphemy” album. He said: “The new stuff that we’re writing now is really anthem-style stuff. It’s really good, man. There’s a lot of prog stuff in there, mixed in there. Steve‘s (Asheim, drums) our prog guy, man; he’s the progressive rock guy. He likes to write those really black metal riffs and the progressive stuff. He’s an amazing talent, man. He plays piano. He can play sweeps on guitar. He’s a drummer. Yeah, he can do it all.”
Benton went on to say that the next DEICIDE album was “written last year” before he and his bandmates agreed to embark on a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of DEICIDE‘s sophomore album, “Legion”. But, he explained, “We’re getting ready to hammer this deal out right now and get this thing out.”
DEICIDE played its first show with new guitarist Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, INHUMAN CONDITION) on May 21 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Watch the live footage of that show below.
Three months ago, Nordberg spoke about how he landed the DEICIDE gig in an interview with “The Zach Moonshine Show”. He said: “In 2019, my band THE ABSENCE toured with DEICIDE in the U.S. And we got to know the guys and got along really well. And I actually found out that Glen (Benton, DEICIDE frontman) lives, like, two streets over from Jeramie (Kling, VENOM INC, THE ABSENCE drummer) and I, where we live. So Jeramie and Glen became good buddies and they ride bikes all the times. It’s a funny little thing, thinking about that. But long story short, (previous DEICIDE guitarist) Chris (Cannella), I believe he’s the head of A&R at Dean Guitars so he’s focusing on that for right now. I heard that they needed a guitar player, so I learned a couple of songs, made a couple of videos, and Glen saw ’em and liked what he saw. So we had a couple of practices, and bing bang boom, here we are.“
Cannella “amicably” left DEICIDE in January after a three-year run.
When Benton first announced Nordberg‘s addition to DEICIDE, he said in a statement: “We are pleased to announce and welcome Taylor Nordberg to the DEICIDE family! An amazing and accomplished guitarist who takes our sound to the next level and brings a profound level of professionalism that completes and compliments the DEICIDE machine!“
“I have all the love and respect for Glen, Steve and Kevin. I had so many great times over the last three years I cherish for a lifetime, especially the friendship.
“Cheers to all and thanks for all the love and support. I’m excited for what’s to come.“
Cannella joined DEICIDE in 2019 following the departure of guitarist Mark English.
English became a member of DEICIDE in 2016 after the exit of longtime guitarist Jack Owen.
DEICIDE‘s latest album, “Overtures Of Blasphemy”, was released in September 2018 via Century Media.
Later this year, DEICIDE will embark on a special tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their second album, “Legion”. Benton and his bandmates will perform the LP in its entirety, along with other tracks from their vast catalog.
Nordberg is currently active in 10 bands, most of which also feature VENOM INC drummer Jeramie Kling, who is also the sound engineer for Deicide.