Former DEICIDE members Eric Hoffmann (guitar) and Brian Hoffman (guitar) recently resurrected their pre-DEICIDE band AMON with Jesse “Jecheal” Jolly (PROMETHEAN HORDE, DIABOLIC, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY, AFTER DEATH) on vocals/bass and and Mike Petrak (LEPROSY, SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY) on drums. The Florida-based quartet entered RedRoom Recorders in Tampa on December 10, 2010 with producer Mark Prator to begin recording its new album, entitled “Liar In Wait”. The CD will consist of nine songs and will be made available later in the year via AMON’s own record label.
“We were actually going to use the [DEICIDE] name [for the new band], but [DEICIDE members Glen Benton and Steve Asheim] got on the bandwagon faster than us,” Eric tells Terrorizer magazine. “They basically took the name, and Glen writes all the lyrics, so the kids are familiar with that, but in the beginning we hired Glen, and we wrote most of the music. So we had to go out and find a singer, which was pretty difficult at the time.”
When asked about the musical direction of AMON, Eric said, “[The music’s] a little bit more technical than the DEICIDE stuff. It’s not too intricate, so it’s still catchy at the same time. You’ll still have a couple of classic DEICIDE beginnings, and then it’ll go into some killer technical, in-your-face shit.”
While confirming that AMON will play several DEICIDE classics during the band’s upcoming live shows — “We’ve gotta give it to the fans,” says Eric — the guitarist remains adamant that any chances of a reunion with Glen and Steve remain slim.
“This is our band,” Eric says. “I haven’t seen [Glen] in six years. He says if he sees me, he’s gonna shoot me and ask questions later. He hates me more than Jesus.”
AMON recorded two demos — 1987’s “Feasting The Beast” and 1989’s “Sacrifical” — before signing with Roadrunner Records and changing its name to DEICIDE. After producing two extremely successful albums as DEICIDE, the band chose to make the AMON demos available on CD in 1993 under the title “Amon: Feasting The Beast”.
The Hoffman brothers parted ways with DEICIDE in 2004 after becoming embroiled in a bitter dispute with DEICIDE bassist/vocalist Glen Benton over royalties and publishing issues.