Deicide (album)

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Studio album by Deicide
Released June 25, 1990 (1990-06-25)
Recorded March 1990 at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida
Genre Death metal
Length 33:35
Label Roadrunner
Producer Deicide, Scott Burns
Deicide chronology

Deicide is the eponymous debut album by American death metal band Deicide. It was released on June 25, 1990, by Roadrunner Records. The album contains all of their demo tracks, plus the songs "Deicide" and "Mephistopheles".


While containing mostly Satanic or blasphemous lyrical themes, "Lunatic of God's Creation" and "Carnage in the Temple of the Damned" concern Charles Manson and Jim Jones respectively, and "Dead by Dawn" deals with the plot of the 1981 horror film, The Evil Dead.

"Dead by Dawn" was featured in the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned on the radio station Liberty City Hardcore.

Deicide is sometimes considered to be the bestselling death metal album of all time.[1] Nielsen SoundScan lists it second after Morbid Angel's Covenant up until 2003; however, Deicide was released before SoundScan went into effect, so the SoundScan figure lacks pre-Soundscan sales.

Glen Benton has stated that no effects were used on his vocals while recording the album, though several songs do contain a pitch-shifted vocal effect.

The album was recorded at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, where Deicide would record most of their subsequent works.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]

Bradley Torreano from Allmusic said, "with a shockingly tight performance and a handful of evil anthems, Glen Benton and company managed to craft a death metal classic" and that "this album struck a chord that would, for good or bad, instantly inspire legions of like-minded groups. The riffs are actually memorable, with insane blastbeat drums and an uncanny sense of timing guiding the songs as they charge through one by one." He concluded the review saying that Deicide "managed to craft one truly great album in the death metal genre that will survive long after the gimmicks are gone."[2]

Niall from The Metal Observer described the song "Dead by Dawn" as "simplistic yet so powerful in its delivery that you can't help but be taken aback by its ferocity."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Lunatic of God's Creation" 2:42
2. "Sacrificial Suicide" 2:51
3. "Oblivious to Evil" 2:41
4. "Dead by Dawn" 3:56
5. "Blaspherereion" 4:15
6. "Deicide" 4:02
7. "Carnage in the Temple of the Damned" 3:33
8. "Mephistopheles" 3:35
9. "Day of Darkness" 2:05
10. "Crucifixation" 3:55
Total length: 33:35



  1. ^ Puzak, Chris. Blogcritics Music: Cannibal Corpse is top-selling death metal band
  2. ^ a b Torreano, Bradley. "Deicide - Deicide". Allmusic.
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (July 6, 1990). "Music Capsules (Deicide, Deicide)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 2, 2013.