Despised Icon

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From left to right: vocalists Alex Erian, Steve Marois and bassist Sebastien Piché.
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Deathcore
Years active2002–2010, 2014–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Galy, Relapse
Associated acts Beneath the Massacre, Job for a Cowboy, Ion Dissonance, Neuraxis, The Crimson Syndicate, Obey the Brave
MembersAlex Pelletier
Alex Erian
Steve Marois
Sebastien Piché
Eric Jarrin
Yannick St-Amand
Ben Landreville

Despised Icon is a Canadian deathcore band from Montreal, Quebec. Formed in 2002, the band is noted for the talent of its drummer, Alex Pelletier, whom makes frequent use of the blasting technique, as well as for its dual lead vocalists; Alex Erian and Steve Marois. Erian takes use of a mid-range growl technique while Marois performs high-pitched fry shrieks, deeper growled vocals and pig squeals.

Deathcore is an extreme metal fusion genre that combines musical elements of death metal and metalcore and sometimes hardcore punk. It makes use of death metal riffs and blast beats, as well as metalcore breakdowns. Deathcore gained most prominence within the southwestern United States, especially Arizona and inland southern California, which are home to many notable bands and various festivals.

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

Quebec Province of Canada

Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the US states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada.


In April 2010, the band disbanded, but officially reformed in four years later in February 2014. Collectively the group has released five full-length albums while succumbing to very little lineup changes throughout their run.


Consumed by Your Poison (2002–2004)

Despised Icon was founded in January 2002 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Shortly after their formation, the group signed with Galy Records, and released their debut album, Consumed by Your Poison in October of that year. [1] The following year, Despised Icon had undergone several changes in their lineup. In early 2004, the group returned with a new formation, consisting of two vocalists Steve Marois and Alex Erian, guitarists Yannick St-Amand and Eric Jarrin, bassist Sebastien Piche, and drummer Alex Pelletier, and recorded a self-financed EP entitled Syndicated Murderers, [1] followed by a split EP with Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus, issued through Relapse Records. [2] [3]

Galy Records Canadian independent record label based in Verdun, Quebec, Canada

Galy Records is a Canadian independent record label based in Verdun, Quebec, founded by Eric Galy in 2002. The label includes albums released for bands such as Dead Brain Cells, Neuraxis, Despised Icon, Gorguts, Unexpect, Infernäl Mäjesty, Anvil, Beneath the Massacre, Coprofago, Ion Dissonance, Martyr, Anonymus, Fuck the Facts and Infected Malignity.

<i>Consumed by Your Poison</i> 2002 studio album by Despised Icon

Consumed by Your Poison is the debut studio album by the Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon. It was released on October 2, 2002 through Galy Records and re-released on April 4, 2006. It is the band's only album with vocalist Marie-Hélène Landry and the only album on which Alex Erian plays drums, as he switched to vocals after the departure of Landry.

A split album is a music album which includes tracks by two or more separate artists. There have been singles and EPs of the same variety, which are often called "split singles" and "split EPs" respectively. Split albums differ from "various artists" compilation albums in that they generally include several tracks of each artist, or few artists with one or two tracks each, instead of multiple artists with only one or two tracks each.

The Healing Process (2005–2006)

Despised Icon signed a worldwide deal with Century Media in January 2005. Despised Icon released their second studio album, The Healing Process through the label on April 5, 2005. It was produced by the band's guitarist Yannick St-Amand, mixed by Jean-Francois Dagenais and mastered by Alan Douches. [5]

Century Media Records record label

Century Media Records is a heavy metal record label with offices in the United States, Germany and London. In August 2015, Century Media was acquired by Sony Music for US$17 million.

<i>The Healing Process</i> 2005 studio album by Despised Icon

The Healing Process is the second studio album by the Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon. It was released on April 5, 2005 through Century Media Records.

Despised Icon toured in support of The Healing Process in 2005, alongside artists including Cryptopsy, Quo Vadis, Vader, Suffocation, Aborted, Immolation, Deicide and continued touring into 2006 with Through the Eyes of the Dead, Ed Gein, Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Hatebreed, Exodus, The Black Dahlia Murder and Napalm Death. During the same year, their debut album, Consumed by Your Poison was re-released through Century Media. In early 2007, they went on tour supporting Unearth, along with Job for a Cowboy and Dååth.

Cryptopsy Canadian technical death metal

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Quo Vadis (band) band

Quo Vadis was a melodic death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, formed in 1992 by Bart Frydrychowicz, Yanic Bercier, and Arie Itman, named after the novel by Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz. Since its inception, the band released three studio albums, one compilation album, one demo, one live DVD, one live album and two videos. Not to be confused with another technical death metal band from Poland, bearing the same name.

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The Ills of Modern Man, Day of Mourning, and breakup (2007–2010)

The band's third studio album, The Ills of Modern Man was recorded and released in 2007 through Century Media Records and was produced by their former guitarist, Yannick St. Amand. [6] 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. 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.

<i>The Ills of Modern Man</i> 2007 studio album by Despised Icon

The Ills of Modern Man is the third studio album by Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon. It was released on May 22, 2007 through Century Media Records. The album sold more than 2,000 copies its first week, and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers.

Job for a Cowboy American death metal band

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The Faceless American band

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In late October 2008, Despised Icon announced the details of their first DVD, entitled Montreal Assault , which was released January 27, 2009. 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. [7] It was originally intended to be released on January 17, but was delayed due to manufacturing problems. [8] In December 2008, guitarist Al Glassman left Despised Icon to join Job for a Cowboy in replacement of their original guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju. [9] 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 September 22, 2009 by Century Media Records. [10] On July 17, 2009, Despised Icon released their song, "MVP" as the first song off of Day of Mourning onto the web. 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. Their fourth album Day of Mourning was released as scheduled on September 22, 2009, and reached No. 162 on the Billboard 200 as of September 30, 2009. A music video was created and released for the title track of the album.

<i>Montreal Assault</i> 2009 video by Despised Icon

Montreal Assault is the first DVD by Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon, released January 27, 2009 through Century Media. The DVD was peaked at #123 on the Billboard Top Music Videos.

<i>Day of Mourning</i> (album) 2009 studio album by Despised Icon

Day of Mourning is the fourth studio album by Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon. It was released September 22, 2009 through Century Media Records. The album is featured in four different editions, including; the standard, the United States exclusive Hot Topic edition, the Europe Exclusive LTD digipak edition, the iTunes edition and the Japanese edition.

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On April 7, 2010, Despised Icon made an announcement that they will be disbanding. They explained that this is due to the members of the band reaching "a new chapter in their lives, starting families, buying houses and pursuing other careers to make it all happen. Writing music, touring and leaving home for months at a time is slowly becoming impossible because of that. We all decided that it’d be best to pull the plug now and end things right." [11] [12] Their farewell European tour included an appearance at the Hevy Music Festival on August 7, 2010 near Folkestone, UK.

During the year of 2010, Despised Icon played their United States, Australia, Japan, European, and Canadian Tour. On December 2, 2010, Despised Icon performed their final four shows in Toronto (December 2 and 3) along with The Acacia Strain, Ion Dissonance and Oceano, Ontario and their hometown of Montreal, Quebec (December 4 and 5). These shows included their current line-up as well as the past line-ups from their first two records. [13] Since the disbandment, Alexandre Erian went on to form the metalcore band, Obey The Brave, along with former Blind Witness bassist, Miguel Lepage, and guitarist, John Campbell as well as Darkness Rites guitarist, Greg Wood and drummer, Stevie Morotti. [14] Max Lavelle now plays bass for The Black Dahlia Murder. [15] Eric Jarrin rejoined his progressive band Heaven's Cry with whom he was performing when he founded Despised Icon. They released an album entitled Wheels of Impermanence through Prosthetic Records in September 2012.

Reunion shows and Beast (2014–present)

On February 4th, 2014, the band announced via their Facebook page that they would reunite to play several live shows in the upcoming spring. The band would consist of all members of The Healing Process era with the exception of Ben Landreville on guitar. [16] Founding member Yannick St. Amand returned to handle the band's programming, thus making the group a septet for the first time.

In April 2014, they participated in the Impericon Festival Tour across Europe and also headlined a handful of shows with support from Brutality Will Prevail and Cerebral Bore. They also performed at Montebello's Amnesia Rockfest in Canada on June 20th 2014.

They closed the year 2014 with 4 North American concerts on the east coast, playing Montreal, Toronto, New York City and Worcester in December.

On April 6, 2015, the band announced via their Facebook page that to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the release of their album The Healing Process , the band would be performing exclusive shows at U.K.'s Ghostfest and in Canada at Quebec City's Envol & Macadam Festival. [17]

On April 12, 2016, the band announced via their Facebook page that after signing with record label Nuclear Blast they would be releasing their fifth studio album titled Beast. They released a short video with a snippet of unreleased material. The album was released on July 22, 2016.


Current members
Former members


Despised Icon


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions

2002 Consumed by Your Poison
  • Released: October 2, 2002
  • Label: Galy
2005 The Healing Process
2007 The Ills of Modern Man
  • Released: May 22, 2007
  • Label: Century Media
2009 Day of Mourning
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Century Media
  • Released: November 15, 2019
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart


YearAlbum details
2009 Montreal Assault
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Century Media

Other releases

YearAlbum detailsNotes
2004Syndicated Murderers
  • EP
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: —
2005Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus and Despised Icon
  • Split album with Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus.
  • Released: January 11, 2005
  • Label: Relapse
  • Features one track that was later re-recorded for Beast.
2006Demos 2002 & 2004
  • Split with Ion Dissonance, including:
    • .357 demo, 2002 by Ion Dissonance;
    • Syndicated Murderers promo, 2004 by Despised Icon.

Music videos

2006"The Sunset Will Never Charm Us"Jean-Phillipe Bernier [20] [21]
2007"In the Arms of Perdition"
2008"Furtive Monologue"Jonathan Desbiens [22]
2009"Day of Mourning"Mathieu Elle
2010"MVP"Fan made [23]
2016"Beast"Jessy Fuchs [24]
"Bad Vibes"
"The Aftermath"Matt Charland

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