Despised Icon is a Canadian deathcore band from Montreal, Quebec, formed in 2002. The band is noted for the use of two vocalists, Alexandre Erian, who sings using a mid-range screaming technique, and Steve Marois for the low growling vocals similar to that of death metal, and high pitched screamed vocals. Despised Icon is known for its work in the underground music industry and have been considered one of the founders of deathcore genre.
Consumed by Your Poison (2002–2004)
Despised Icon was formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in January 2002, shortly after their formation signed with Galy Records, and released the debut album Consumed by Your Poison, in October of that year. The following year, Despised Icon had undergone several changes in their lineup. In early 2004, the group returned with a new formation, comprising of two vocalists Steve Marois and Alexandre Erian, guitarists Yannick St-Amand and Eric Jarrin, bassist Sebastien Piche, and drummer Alexandre Pelletier, and recorded a self-financed EP entitled Syndicated Murderers, followed by a split EP with Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus, issued through Relapse Records.
The Healing Process (2005–2006)
Despised Icon signed a worldwide deal with the record label Century Media, on January 2005. The debut album from the band with this new label was The Healing Process, released on April 5, 2005. This album was produced by guitarist Yannick St-Amand, mixed by Jean-François Dagenais and mastered by Alan Douches.
Despised Icon toured The Healing Process in 2005, alongside artists including Cryptopsy, Vader, Suffocation, Aborted, Immolation, Deicide and continued touring into 2006 with Through the Eyes of the Dead, Ed Gein, Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Hatebreed, Exodus, Black Dahlia Murder and Napalm Death. During the same year, Consumed by Your Poison was re-released by Century Media Records. In early 2007, they went on tour supporting Unearth, along with Job for a Cowboy and DAATH.
The Ills of Modern Man and Day of Mourning (2007 onward)
Bassist Max Lavelle at 2008's Never Say Die! tour held in London.The band's third studio album, The Ills of Modern Man was recorded and released in 2007 with the record label Century Media Records. That summer, they toured supporting Job for a Cowboy along with The Faceless and A Life Once Lost. Following that tour, they went on tour supporting Suicide Silence, along with Winds of Plague and See You Next Tuesday. In the winter of that year, they toured with The Acacia Strain, Full Blown Chaos, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, and Ligeia. They also toured supporting Misery Index, along with Beneath the Massacre and Man Must Die. On 18 June 2008, the original bassist Sebastien Piché has left the band due to him having a full-time job and being a new father. Piché was replaced by Max Lavelle from Goratory. They were then on the 2008 Summer Slaughter Tour alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, Vader, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Aborted, Born of Osiris, Psycroptic, and Whitechapel.
In late October 2008, Despised Icon announced the details of their first DVD, entitled Montreal Assault Live, released on 24 March 2009 through Century Media. The DVD features a multi-camera shoot from the band's sold-out hometown show, along with a documentary, in addition to all their music videos. In December 2008, guitarist Al Glassman left Despised Icon to join Job for a Cowboy in replacement of their original guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju. During their 2009 Montreal Assault Tour, Despised Icon announced that they were recording a new studio album, entitled Day of Mourning, that was released on 22 September 2009 by Century Media Records. On July 17, 2009, Despised Icon released the first song off of this album on their myspace titled 'MVP'. They played on the 2009 Thrash And Burn Tour alongside DevilDriver, Emmure, Veil Of Maya, For The Fallen Dreams, Oceano, Periphery, Mychildren Mybride, and Thy Will Be Done. They shot a video for the title track "Day Of Mourning". Their fourth album Day of Mourning was released as scheduled on September 22nd, 2009, and has reached 162 on the Billboard charts as of September 30th, 2009.
Alexandre Erian - vocals
Steve Marois - vocals
Eric Jarrin - guitar
Ben Landreville - guitar
Max Lavelle - bass
Alexandre Pelletier - drums
Marie-Hélène Landry - vocals
Al Glassman - guitar
Yannick St-Amand - guitar
Sebastien Piché - bass
2002 Consumed by Your Poison
Released: October 2, 2002
Re-released in 2006 through Century Media
including two re-recordings.
2005 The Healing Process
Released: April 5, 2005
Label: Century Media
2007 The Ills of Modern Man
Released: May 22, 2007
Label: Century Media
Re-released as a deluxe edition with bonus DVD.
2009 Day of Mourning
Released: September 22, 2009
Label: Century Media