DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton has commented on the recent announcement that his former bandmates Eric and Brian Hoffman were planning to embark on a 2019 tour where they will play a full set of songs from the first four DEICIDE albums.
"Every time we do a record, they come out and make some kind of a fucking announcement or something," Glen told the "Into The Combine" podcast during a brand new interview. "Every time we do a record, I guess [Eric] loses his mind over there and he can't handle hearing us proceeding without them."
According to Glen, he and drummer Steve Asheim decided to part ways with the Hoffman brothers in 2004 due to a host of "underlying issues." He added: "It's been what — 14, 15 years since those two departed, and they did one shitty album" — apparently referring to AMON's 2012 release "Liar In Wait" — "and tried ripping off the fans, charged them for videos and bullshit like that. And then from there, they've done two shitty shows here in the state of Florida, and from what I was told, they almost canceled those. So their track record speaks for itself. Our track record speaks for itself."
Benton was also critical of the prospect of Eric and Brian Hoffman going out and performing the early DEICIDE material without him and Asheim, explaining: "When you don't have the original singer, then you are the official cover band. You wanna make yourself look even more stupid than you already do, by all means, go ahead."
Glen added that he and Asheim "don't like to discuss" the Hoffman brothers in interviews "because we've done wondrous things since their departure — we don't have the problems of canceled tours and missed performances and things like that. This thing runs smooth, everybody gets along, everybody's happy, there's no ill will," he said. "It's just like a bad… When you're in a bad marriage, it just ain't working out. So people have to go on their way."
Benton also commented on the fact that Hammerheart Records will apparently reissue all the DEICIDE albums that were released between 1990 and 2001. All LPs will get a deluxe treatment, remastering, 2-CD editions, bonus tracks (tons of never-released recordings), LP editions (first time for some), digital, MC, merchandise.
Glen said: "They have to lease it from whoever owns it right now, so as long as they properly lease it from whoever is owning it right now… Warner Brothers had it for the longest time — they lease it out to other people. Yeah, we've gotta get paid [on that deal], and if not, [they] will definitely be getting served letters from our attorney — I can guarantee that."
AMON was the band that changed its name to DEICIDE in 1989. When Eric and Brian left DEICIDE, they resurrected AMON and released "Liar In Wait". Hammerheart will release a new AMON album, will reissue "Liar In Wait" and also the AMON demos from 1987 and 1989.
AMON recorded two demos — 1987's "Feasting The Beast" and 1989's "Sacrifical" — before signing with Roadrunner Records and changing its name to DEICIDE. After producing two extremely successful albums as DEICIDE, the band chose to make the AMON demos available on CD in 1993 under the title "Amon: Feasting The Beast".
DEICIDE's new album, "Overtures Of Blasphemy", will be released on September 14 via Century Media.