I can remember it like it was yesterday..... the year was 1992. Deicide's "Legion" had just come out, and my brother and I were lucky enough to live in the epicenter of death metal at the time, Florida. The first real death metal show we attended was in Ft. Lauderdale, and the lineup was simply amazing, Entombed (first US tour I believe), Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Exhorder, Dead Horse and a few other local bands. It was an odd scene. The club, which appeared to be a strip club on every other night but this one, was loaded with women that were clearly prostitutes. Sitting along the back (while Exhorder played "Slaughter in the Vatican",) these women, who all wore knee-high white leather boots, would leave with men from the audience through the front door or to the bathrooms, only to return minutes later alone, and do the same routine again with the next guy wearing a Godflesh shirt. My brother and I sat there, taking all this in. This was not exactly what we imagined the death metal scene was all about. I was 13, and this didn't seem very "evil".
In any case, Morbid Angel had been booked to play, but pulled out in the last minute. Similarly, Deicide ended up not playing, and the reason why they didn't play started to spread through the audience like wildfire. They had decided to go the beach instead of playing once they arrived to Ft Lauderdale. This, to me, was absolutely baffling. Weren't they really evil guys? The beach seemed like the most un-evil place on earth to me, and I didn't understand how they would pass up this night of brutal metal to go to the beach. But then I looked around, and saw the ladies in the white leather boots...and I knew right then and there that the world simply wasn't what I thought it was. I was crushed.
Upon finding the picture of Glen Benton on his webcam, I started to wonder if some other young kid is going through the same experience today upon seeing that Glen has a webcam...and uses it to make such stupid faces. What a bummer. To think that at one point we thought this guy was evil. Damn. What's next? Is Tom G. Warrior going to have a blog? Oh wait, he already does.