Deicide, De Profundis, Dying Vision

Deicide, De Profundis, Dying Vision
229 The Venue, London
Live Review and photography by Chris Galea

Deicide’s “Legion” album of 1992 is one of Death Metal’s best-selling albums and from a personal perspective this was one of the bands that opened me up to the Death Metal genre. The band’s influence, therefore, is undeniable and so I was certain that tonight’s bill would draw a large and enthusiastic crowd. Yep, I had good vibes about this gig….

Dying Vision

Despite being a local band, Dying Vision was a new name to me. Their brand of Death Metal was not what I’d call original but Dying Vision’s performance was very tight with a dynamic and engaging stage presence. I heard some great riffs and a solid rhythm section. It was no surprise, therefore, that moshpits kicked off straight away.

De Profundis

The Progressive Death Metal of De Profundis always manages to sound innovative, no matter how many times you listen to the band’s music. Ferocious, tight and delivered by great musicians… What more could one want from a performance? The band’s drummer had a particularly good night but all the members were on form. De Profundis’ set-list was mainly derived from their “The Corruption Of Virtue” album, released last year. After chatting to members of the audience it became clear that tonight De Profundis won over some new fans.


Deicide were less engaging than the previous time I had seen them – it was as if they were just interested in giving us a lesson in aural brutality. Which of course wasn’t a problem. Immense riffs, fearsome lead vocals, sweaty and violent moshpits… All in all Deicide’s show was a great way to escape from life’s humdrum.

Glenn Benton (bass, lead vocals) had his inimitable sense of twisted humour about him. At one point, when the crowd started chanting “De-i-cide!” Benton retorted: “Aw shuddup!” Then grinned his evil grin. I was too busy headbanging (and snapping some pics) to take note of what songs the band had played but I seem to recall a blistering ‘Scars of the Crucifix’ and a similarly devastating ‘Dead By Dawn’. Guitarists Kevin Quiron and Taylor Nordberg had sharply co-ordinated axework. Similarly solid were Benton and long-time Deicide drummer Steve Asheim.

Tonight all the bands had their own way of interpreting Death Metal but all of them put on a great performance. I was all smiles as I trudged back home… From the metaphorical to the literal dark.




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