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In an act of audacious defiance that is sure to ignite controversy, death metal titans Deicide have released their provocative new digital single “Sever The Tongue” today, Ash Wednesday, adding a layer of blasphemy to this day’s observances. This amplifies the band’s notorious reputation for challenging religious conventions, reinforcing their position at the vanguard of the death metal genre.

If the gruesome visuals of “Bury The Cross…With Your Christ” didn’t offend then lines like this from “Sever The Tongue” certainly will, “Wrath of the holy / God is no more / Satan possess me / No savior reborn / F**k your religion / Sever the tongue.”

Glen Benton, the ever-provocative frontman, taunts: “A life undone on the crucifix hung…sever the tongue…”

“Sever The Tongue” is crafted in the infernal workshops of Smoke & Mirrors, showcasing Deicide’s relentless pursuit of extreme musical devastation. The track benefits from the engineering prowess of Jeramie Kling and the adept musicianship of Taylor Nordberg, with the sonic alchemy perfected by the masterful mixing and mastering of Josh Wilbur.

This release not only serves as a harbinger of the darkly anticipated album “Banished By Sin”, set for release on April 26th, 2024 via Reigning Phoenix Music, but also marks the opening of pre-orders for what promises to be a monumental addition to the death metal canon. Fans eager to secure their copy can do so now, ensuring they are among the first to experience Deicide’s latest sacrilegious offering. 

In addition to the single, Deicide have collaborated with David Brodsky from My Good Eye: Music Visuals for a visually arresting video that complements the track’s blasphemous undertones. With Brodsky at the helm, the video promises to be a cinematic journey through darkness and defiance. Allison Woest returns to produce, alongside a talented team dedicated to bringing the song’s thematic elements to life visually.

“Banished By Sin” looms on the horizon, ready to cement Deicide’s legacy and influence in the death metal scene. The album is a testament to the band’s unwavering commitment to their craft, promising a collection of tracks that are both ferocious and unapologetically blasphemous.

“I’ve been sitting in a dark corner for several years now,” states Benton. “A few things have come into my life that have shaken and changed me. I got inspired writing this new record – it was like flipping a switch. I no longer have the aggravation of other peoples’ hangups interfering with what I have and want to do. I stopped chasing everybody else’s happiness a long time ago. The guy who started this shit is back! And it’s good to be back!”

“Musically, we’re back to the 1990s style,” Benton says. “There’s modern stuff in there, too. It’s Deicide the way it was meant to be. My hooky songs are there, Steve’s prog-styled songs are there, and we got Kevin’s theme-styled songs. Having Taylor in the band has impacted Deicide greatly. He’s a fantastic songwriter and player. He can do anything. The four of us contributed three songs each. I’m back with the high screaming and layering. I’m just absolutely going off on this one. I’ve been told it’s one of my best vocal performances. I’m like Rumpelstiltskin – here to spin your hay into gold. Everybody’s going to be pleasantly surprised.”

Deicide stand ready to challenge the faithful and reward the wicked. Join them in their blasphemous crusade and prepare to be “Banished By Sin”.

1. From Unknown Heights You Shall Fall
2. Doomed To Die
3. Sever The Tongue
4. Faithless
5. Bury The Cross…With Your Christ
6. Woke From God
7. Ritual Defied
8. Failures Of Your Dying Lord
9. Banished By Sin
10. Trinity Of None
11. I Am I…A Curse Of Death
12. The Light Defeated

Photo Credit: Gene Smirnov

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