- Glen Benton of Deicide has an inverted cross branded on his forehead, refreshed multiple times.
- Branding led to law enforcement attention and entry denial into some countries.
- Inverted cross became a death metal icon, sparking debates and mixed fan reactions.
Glen Benton, Deicide‘s frontman, isn’t just known for his guttural vocals. He’s got an inverted cross branded into his forehead. No, it’s not a Halloween stunt; it’s a permanent fixture. Drummer Steve Asheim says it’s a calculated move, a response to earlier media buzz. Remember when guitarist Brian Hoffman burned an inverted cross into his arm with a cigarette? Yeah, that got people talking.
But Benton’s branding isn’t just skin-deep. He’s had to refresh that mark multiple times to keep it from fading. It’s not just ink; it’s commitment. And it’s not without its headaches. Cops give him a second look, and some countries won’t even let him through the door. But Benton? He’s not backing down. That branding is as much a part of him as his vocal cords.
Reactions? Mixed bag. Some fans cheer him on, seeing it as the ultimate act of metal defiance. Others? Not so much. They say it’s all for shock, a cheap trick for attention. But here’s the kicker: that inverted cross is now a death metal icon. It’s sparked debates. So, whether it’s a mark of rebellion or a well-planned PR move, that branding has etched itself into the annals of metal history.