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The band was originally called Amon, and recorded two demos under this name, which were later released on CD as “Amon: Feasting The Beast”. They changed the name to Deicide in late 1989, just prior to the recording of the self-titled debut. This was done at the insistence of their then-label, Roadrunner Records, because there was a song called “‘Amon’ Belongs to ‘Them’” on the King Diamond album, “Conspiracy”.

Deicide:

\De”i*cide\, n. [L. deicida a deicide (in sense 2); deus god + cdere to cut, kill: cf. F. d[‘e]icide.]
1. The act of killing a being of a divine nature; particularly, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. [R.]
Earth profaned, yet blessed, with deicide. —Prior.
2. One concerned in putting Christ to death.

In the early days of the band, and apparently to show how much he despises Christianity, Glen Benton branded an inverted cross into his forehead using nothing but a flaming coat hanger. After seven times embedding a red hot inverted cross into his skin, it has scarred into its shape.

On November 25th, 2004 Glen Benton officially stated that the Hoffman brothers would no longer be in the band due to them cancelling and walking off many shows, among other personal issues. The main reason the brothers left was actually a change in the percentages of royalties between the band. Previously, there had been an even four-way split. Under the new agreement the Hoffmans were entitled to a far smaller share of the profits (with as much as 50% going to Benton). The Hoffmans have since started a new band, using Deicide’s original name Amon.

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