According to the official Hellfest web site, DEICIDE have been dropped from this year's French festival bill due to circumstances very much out of their control. It seems that the events organizers got the jitters and bowed to local government pressure to have Glen Benton's satanic death metal outfit removed from the ironically named Hellfest after graves were desecrated in Nantes, France.
Here is the official Hellfest statement about DEICIDE:
"Because of what went on in Brittany during the last few months and this cemetery profanation, we must cancel the band DEICIDE to be sure not to have any problems regarding the festival. We are looking for a band that can replace them and we'll keep you informed very quickly."
Commented Sven Letourneur, joint editor-in-chief of France's Hard Rock magazine: "In fact, I read about it in the news, a few idiots, probably kids, profanated a cemetery near Nantes and wrote 'When Satan Rules His World' on one of the tombs... The authorities found that it was a DEICIDE song title, so news went out in the media, etc”.
Le Telegramme newspaper ran with a front-page story in its February 11 edition with the headline "Sur La Piste Des Satanistes" (On the track of the Satanists) containing this excerpt: "'When Satan Rules His World' is the exact title of a song from an American death metal band, an extreme music style that comes from hard rock, that appeared in the '80s and with lyrics that deal about everything that's morbid and gore. Name of the band: DEICIDE. Quite explicit...
DEICIDE are currently at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida with producer Jim Morris recording their most blasphemous album ever, "The Stench Of Redemption", which is due for release on June 6 on Earache Records.