Deicide / Death Metal Titans Return For Night Of Hellish Screams

The Florida Death Metal legends Deicide return to London for a night of hellish screams and brutal sonic sounds ably supported by Dying Vision and De Profundis.

Deicide – Dying Vision – De Profundis

229, London – 14 August 2023

Words and Photography: Razorrhead Productions

Deicide

Deicide- 229, London - 14 August 2023
Deicide- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Deicide formed in 1987 and have had an impressive presence in the Death Metal scene ever since. Compared to the likes of Morbid Angel and Immolation, their lyrics are often based on anything anti-religious and the darkness of satanism. This is even clearer with the crooked cross engraved on Glen Benton’s forehead.  

Deicide- 229, London - 14 August 2023
Deicide- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

Once they enter the stage, a quick sound check is put in place before they kick things into gear by playing a huge number of songs from their album Legion with tracks such as Dead But Dreaming, Satan Spawn – The Caco Daemon, and Repent To Die. 

This is a great treat for any fans of their early stuff. Not often do you get to hear so many songs from their Legion album all in one go.  

Deicide- 229, London - 14 August 2023
Deicide- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

It’s amazing to see how low Glen’s vocals can go with so little effort. They are often backed up by the vocals from the other two guitarists, so you get a healthy dose of low growls and high-pitched screams mixed together.  

Throughout the set, the stage lights mainly stay red, creating a hellish atmosphere which compliments Glen’s evil glares as he stares into the crowd. 

Deicide- 229, London - 14 August 2023
Deicide- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

The moshpits were immense this time round, and safe to say it was a challenging time taking photos in the crowd.  

The band continues with other great songs, such as Once Upon The Cross and When Satan Rules His World. It was great to hear the song that first got me into this band, Scars Of The Crucifix. This went down so well, with Glen’s screams echoing throughout the whole venue. 

Deicide- 229, London - 14 August 2023
Deicide- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

They finished with Dead By Dawn and Homage For Satan. 

A fantastic and heavy night left the crowd exhausted but happy. It’s great to see that these legends still have so much energy in them, and I expect them to stick around for a lot longer.

De Profundis

De Profundis - 229, London - 14 August 2023
De Profundis- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

Next were De Profundis, a Death Metal band from London that formed in 2007. They have had quite an acknowledgement over the years touring with big bands such as Belphegor and Terrorizer. 

Their recent releases have even been hailed as a British Death Metal milestone. The show is off to a good start with fast and heavy songs mixed with some very melodic and catchy guitars that had a good majority of the crowd dancing. 

De Profundis - 229, London - 14 August 2023
De Profundis- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

Regardless of the funky rhythms, there is no space for relaxation as the dancing turns straight into huge mosh pits when they play their classic songs, such as Sectarian Warfare and Religious Cancer. 

De Profundis - 229, London - 14 August 2023
De Profundis- 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

All in all, a fantastic performance from this band, as they defiantly deserved the spot to play behind the main act. If you have not heard of this band before and need a new local Death Metal act to listen to, then I would highly recommend De Profundis. 

Dying Vision

Dying Vision - 229, London - 14 August 2023
Dying Vision – 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

Up first we have Dying Vision. A somewhat newish band hailing from London, they provided a decent array of Death Metal vibes with low growls, incredibly fast blast beats and some crunchy guitar riffs. They worked hard to get the crowd moving by providing a decent performance.  

Dying Vision - 229, London - 14 August 2023
Dying Vision – 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk
Dying Vision - 229, London - 14 August 2023
Dying Vision – 229, London – 14 August 2023. Photo: Razorrhead Productions/MetalTalk

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