CENTURY MEDIA // DEICIDE // A few words with Steve Asheim, hellhammer of Deicide. For the last twenty-four years this band has been spreading blasphemy across the world. Search as you might but I think you will find very few bands as controversial as Deicide.
A new album, a new label. Are you still as psyched when it comes to new albums as you were back when the band had just released “Deicide” back in ’90? Any bloodsmeared faces?
HEHE YOU WANT THE TRUTH? THE ANSWER IS NO, IM NOT AS PSYCHED. WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG, IT’S YOUR FIRST RECORD, YOU’RE FREAKIN’ ECSTATIC ABOUT IT. AFTER A FEW YEARS OF GETTING KICKED IN THE HEAD BY THIS INDUSTRY YOU REALIZE TO CHOOSE WISELY WHAT TO GET PSYCHED ABOUT. DONT GET ME WRONG, IM STOKED ABOUT THE NEW RECORD AND ALL THE PLANS. ITS A GOOD ACHIEVEMENT. IT JUST TAKES A LOT TO GET ME RILED UP ABOUT ANYTHING THESE DAYS.
How did the deal with Century Media come about? How did Earache treat you guys?
NOT SURE. WE WERE APPROACHED OR WE APPROACHED THEM. EITHER WAY IT GOT WORKED OUT. EARACHE IS ALL RIGHT I GUESS. AS LONG AS YOU’RE STILL THEIR BAND THEY’LL BE FAIR WITH YOU. AS SOON AS YOU’RE NOT THEIR BAND, GOOD LUCK GETTING THE TIME OF DAY. IT’S LIKE THAT WITH ANY LABEL OR BOSS I SUPPOSE.
Throughout most of Deicide’s existence things have been stable although there have been a few notable events like the departure of the Hoffmans.
When you look back down the last few years is there anything that stands out? Anything that is particularly pleasing to have achieved?
HEHE REALLY? THE APPEARANCE OF DEICIDE OVER THE YEARS HAS BEEN ONE OF STABILITY? HEHE WHAT DEICIDE HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING? THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH TURMOIL OVER OUR CAREER IM AMAZED WE’RE STILL HERE. I DONT KNOW I GUESS IT’S DIFFERENT LOOKING AT SOMETHING FROM THE INSIDE. IN FACT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, THE THING IM MOST PLEASED ABOUT HAVING ACHIEVED IS THAT WE’RE STILL A FUNCTIONING BAND.
With Deicide getting closer and closer to the 25 year mark is there anything you guys have planned for that particular event? How does it feel having been behind the kit with Deicide for close to a quarter of a century?
HEHE NO. WE HAVE NO SPECIAL PLANS FOR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
WE DON’T REALLY FALL IN FOR THESE SELF-GLORIFYING ANNIVERSARIES OR LISTENING PARTIES OR BS. AND YEAH IT’S GOOD TO STILL BE DOING THIS AFTER SO LONG. IM REALLY JUST GLAD I HAVE A JOB THAT I LIKE. I GET TO DO WHAT I WANT, NOBODY FUCKS WITH ME. NO REAL WORLD COMPLAINTS.
If there’s one thing Deicide has never become its docile & tame. What’s in the water at your place that ignites the brutality & hatred that you have spewed out since 1987?
HEHE, WHAT’S IN THE WATER? 99% ANGER WITH 1% ASSORTED MINERALS. I STILL USE HARD WATER HERE AT THE HOUSE, MAYBE THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT.<img alt=””