Illinois Entertainer January 2014 - Page 34

By Kelley Simms BENTON'S EVIL MIND Deicide's Glen Benton (far left) F or steady readers of this column, its not necessary to mention Deicide vocalist/bassist Glen Benton's religious beliefs. But I will mention that the blasphemers have released their 11th fulllength disc, In the Minds of Evil (Century Media). It's a familiar slice of bludgeoning death metal one has come to expect from these Florida-based veterans. Last month's Mosh column featured Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner's side of the confrontation between his band and Benton, which led to Broken Hope being kicked off of Deicide's tour. Apparently, some toes were stepped on and the blow-up turned into a full-blown soap opera after Wagner posted his tirade on his Facebook page. Wagner soon apologized and the two parties have since made up. Benton, without going into too much detail, gave Mosh his side of the story. Mosh: What happened between you and Broken Hope after the El Paso show? Glen Benton: I pretty much gave my side of the story on Metal Sucks (podcast at www.metalsucks.net). Let's just say we've been friends for a long time, but toes were being stepped on that shouldn't have been stepped on. When you're friends with somebody, you shouldn't assume any- thing. There were some things that went on and after I kept biting my tongue, finally I couldn't f--king stand it. I'm just like anybody else. There's only so much I can take from anybody and that will explain my last two f--king divorces I've had. Because I just don't take sh-t. But we hammered it all out and we're all friends. You can't let some little indifference end a friendship of about 30 years. It's all good and I don't really have much more to say about it other than that. It's over with now. But you never should assume a person's friendship. Mosh: In the Minds of Evil is more of the same brutal anti-religion death metal Deicide is known for. If it ain't broke, don't fix it? Glen Benton: That's the way I look at it. When you've done this for so many years, it just comes natural. Without trying too hard, you just do what you've always done. It pretty much comes easy. The whole anti-religious thing for me has intensified. I'm more anti-God and antireligion now than I was back 20 years ago. And that's just from all the things I've seen in the last 20 years. Religion isn't going to win me over. Its track record is pushing me further away. Mosh: You sound as pissed off and as evil as ever on the new album and I think this is what Deicide fans have come to expect. Glen Benton: When it comes to doing what I do, it's that inner being that propels me. When it's time to get to work, the serious side comes out. But I have to have a sense of humor about this. Because if you don't, and you read all the horrible things that people say about you … If you can't laugh at yourself, you're definitely not going to last long. And I think that explains why I'm still doing this after 28 years. Mosh: I get the impression that you don't care what people say about you anyway. Glen Benton: I don't give a sh-t, man! That's the main thing. I don't give a f--k about what anybody says or thinks about me. But at the same time, I still have to have a sense of humor about it. Mosh: Over the past several albums, the musicianship of the guitarists has improved greatly. It started with Stench of Redemption (postHoffman brothers, more on them later) and it continued with your last album, To Hell With God. There are some welcomed melodies injected into the Deicide formula, while still remaining heavy. Glen Benton: With the new music today, there's a very small percentage of fans that like the blasting Cookie Monster vocals. But there's no catchiness to it. The music I grew up on had catchy songs with hooks and catchy parts mixed in with all the other (heavier) parts. These bands j