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Amon: Feasting The Beast - * * * 1/2




Book of the dead, pages bound in human flesh
Feasting the beast, from the blood the words were said
I am unseen, dreamt the sacred passage aloud
Trapped in a dream of the necronomicon
Seven lords of an evil and fatal force


- Dead By Dawn



Okay, to start things off, lets get this out of the way. Glen Benton is a very scary fucking guy. Of the two evil Glens, he makes Danzig look like Jon Bon Jovi on steroids. One day, Benton burned a six inch inverted cross into his forehead. The scar is still there. Marilyn Manson can join the Church of Satan but that sounds like true fucking devotion to me. Read an interview with Deicide some time if you doubt the integrity of their approach. Benton takes satanism very seriously, this is obvious in the bands music and lyrics. Musically, Deicide is heavy, brutal, and fucking sick. They are very good at what they do. Bass is the perfect instrument for Glen Benton. It matches his personality and vocal style: low end, brooding, and ominous. The Hoffman brothers are fairly good guitarists, although it's hard to comprehend that at the speed they play. Asheim is a good drummer as well. Keeping the pace must be harder than he makes it seem. The band basically conforms to the death metal standard of heavy fast playing and scorched earth vocals. There is an exception however to their approach. Deicide posses a certain amount of talent and originality which is too often absent from this genre, and come across as honestly satanic where others are just trying for effect. They are exceptionally heavy, but their guitar solos are well placed and actually fit with the music. From what I understand, this album is a reissue of the first two Deicide demos from about 10 years ago. It shows in the sound quality and in some of the music. This can be forgiven however. For a demo band, Amon is impressive. Benton's vocal style is truly frightening, it is aggressive and low, fitting the lyrics perfectly. A lot of the songs sound the same, but this seems to be the rule and not the exception with young death metal bands. A few stand out above the mix. Lunatic Of God's Creation, Blaspherion, and Carnage In The Temple Of The Damned are incredibly impressive given the circumstances of their recording. This is the only Deicide record that I own, and from what I understand is a far cry from what the band sounds like today. What I have heard however is good. I never worshipped Satan on a regular basis, but was nonetheless impressed by Deicide's conviction and their musical integrity. If you don't worship Satan either, their approach may not appeal to you. I would recommend this however if you have any interest in death metal at all. Deicide stands above the flock. They are truly dark, truly scary, and beneath it all they are a really decent fucking band. I recommend seeing them live also, I've heard nothing but good reviews from their shows.


* * * 1/2



Reviewed: November, 1997






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