In 2016, guitarist Jack Owen quit Deicide to go join his ex-Cannibal Corpse bandmate Chris Barnes in Six Feet Under. Deicide recruited Monstrosity guitarist Mark English as Owen's replacement and recorded a new album called Overtures Of Blasphemy in 2018.
Now Deicide has announced that English has left the band and is being replaced by Autumn's End guitarist Chris Cannella.
When a band has been together for 30 years, change is inevitable. So with that said, we had to make that change. Our long time friend from Arizona, Chris Cannella recently started spending a lot of time in Florida for work. Immediately we began hanging out. We realized he was the missing piece of the puzzle.
Together we are a musical match. We all work together and get along as if Chris has been in the band since it’s inception. Cannella has the experience of being a veteran in the industry as well as a guitar clinician across the globe-who lives and loves Metal! So please, let’s all welcome Chris Cannella as the official new guitar player of Deicide!
We want to thank Mark English for stepping in during this transitional period. We will be seeing all of you across the world bringing our music to you more brutally than ever!
Cannella has also published his own statement on joining the band.
Well there is no better way to put this but yours truly is now officially the new guitar player for the legendary and infamous Deicide! Something this special doesnt come along by accident but by patience and timing. Glen, Steve, and I have known each other for many years and as things change in life so do opportunities. After a few turn of events we spoke about me coming in to see how we could potentially work together.
We have always gotten along great and laughed together but things dont always stay that way once you are in a rehearsal room but once the 4 of us (with Kevin Quirion) played our first song together, the chemistry was undeniable. We all locked in like we have been playing together for years. With everyone interacting and getting along it seemed like this was a no brainer. So I must say its a privilege and an honor to say I am a member of Deicide with Glen Benton, Steve Asheim, and Kevin Quirion. We will be seeing all of you on the road across the globe ready to lay waste.
What can I say but thank you to Deicide, my awesome team at Dean Guitars, and my amazingly supportive family for opening this new chapter in all our lives.