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This controversial Satanic metal outfit was formed in 1987 in Florida, USA, as Amon, with the line-up of Glen Benton (bass/vocals), guitarists Eric and Brian Hoffman, and Steve Asheim (drums). The band became notorious owing to their conflict both with the Christian establishment in America, and with animal rights groups, because of Bentons outrageous statements concerning the mutilation of small animals. Repeated bomb threats from the Animal Militia during European tours culminated in an explosion at a Stockholm venue in 1992 during support band Gorefests set. The fact that the outspoken Benton branded his own forehead with an inverted cross, created an air of evil charisma that their self-titled debut albums workmanlike death metal struggled to match. Nevertheless, the publicity helped to establish them as a major death metal act.
The 1992 follow-upLegion saw considerable progression, with a more focused approach...