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A deathcore band from Canada, Despised Icon first got going in 2002 before splitting up in 2010. The band re-formed in 2014, however, and has been a going concern ever since. Despised Icon is known for its use of two lead vocalists. Alex Erian performs his vocals with a mid-range, growling technique. He is joined on stage by Steve Marois, who uses a deeper level of growling vocals as well as pig squealing. Erian was the band's first drummer when it began but he switched to vocals when Marie-Hélène Landry left in 2003. Alex Pelletier was recruited as the band's drummer at this time, a role that he has fulfilled ever since. Al Glassman and Max Lavelle are both former members of the band, having played rhythm guitar and bass in Despised Icon, respectively.
Despised Icon's career highlights
Based in Montreal, Quebec, the deathcore group were signed to Galy Records not long after they formed. An independent label that was then home to bands such as Dead Brain Cells and Neuraxis, the record company released the ensemble's first album, a work that was called Consumed By Your Poison. Featuring Landry's vocals and Erian's drumming, the LP includes tracks such as “Le Chêne et le Roseau”, “Despise the Icons” and “Interfere in Your Days”. The album was re-released in 2006, with the addition of two further tracks.
After the release of the album, the aforementioned lineup changes occurred before the members of Despised Icon self-released their ensuing EP; a work that was given the name of Syndicated Murderers. A shared EP followed for Relapse Records, which was split with Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus. In January 2005, Despised Icon signed a new deal with Century Media, a label that is mostly associated with heavy metal acts. This would allow the band to reach a global audience, thanks to the American company having offices in London and Germany as well as North America. Produced by Yannick St-Amand, the band then returned to the studio to make their second album, The Healing Process. Around this time, the group went on a tour with the likes of Quo Vadis, Aborted and Through the Eyes of the Dead.
In 2007, Despised Icon returned with a new album, The Ills of Modern Man. It got to number 28 in the US Heatseekers Chart, having sold over 3,000 copies in the first week after it came out. The band then toured with Winds of Plague, The Acacia Strain and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, to name but three bands. Day of Mourning, a new album that got into the US Hot 200 Billboard charts, came out in 2009. The song “MVP”, which appeared on the LP, was released as a single in July of that year. After their long-awaited reunion, the members of Despised Icon released Beast, an LP that got to number 63 in the US in 2016. This album was distributed by Nuclear Blast, the band's new independent label, which is based in Germany.
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