"If any proof is needed that the power of blues is easier to find than ever, look no further than Darren Deicide," says The Aquarian Weekly. "Surprisingly rugged and rich...Darren Deicide brings more danger to rock n' roll with a single blues lick and a few moments of your time than most contemporary bands do over the course of a tour," says Jersey Beat, who goes on to say, "Darren Deicide’s music is akin to doing shots with the devil himself-it is more than a little frightening and you know the night will end badly, the question is just how badly." Darren Deicide is the pioneer of his own style of high-energy outsider roots music that acknowledges diabolical traditions while treading its own path through the contemporary world.
Darren Deicide was born on Halloween in the rhythm and blues filled environment of Chicago. Colorful reviews describe his playing style as "blending the best aspects of blues, rock n' roll, and punk." One said this "John Lee Hooker meets Johnny Rotten" has "a fondness for the blues and the attitude of a punk" creating "raw, bluesy punk by a one-man dervish." Darren Deicide's music "sounds like something Joe Strummer might have written had he been raised in the Mississippi Delta." And yet another describes this sound as "the energy of Hasil Adkins, the presence of Robert Johnson, but the tortured delivery of Daniel Johnston." His trademark vocals may "make Satan himself feel as if he is not sinister enough". "His singing has a plaintive cry; a mix of blues with a streak of something ominous, some sort of vague, yet tantalizing danger with a no-holds-barred, sonic intensity," states another review. Like his own multi-cultural background, his music is an eclectic hybrid of many blues-based styles, but remains, as described in another review, as "good, pissed snot-infested rock n roll". "[Darren] Deicide really is in a class all by himself; I can't think of any modern act to whom I could compare him," said Independent Review.
He maintains a continuous international touring schedule and has played with an array of notable artists that has spanned from The Members and Dead Prez to Danny and the Juniors. He has played on Fox 5's "Good Day New York" as a featured artist on the "Make Music New York Festival". In addition he has been featured at Louisville, KY's "Good Folk Fest", Washington, NJ's "Festival in the Borough", and Hartford, CT's "Hope Out Loud Festival". He has worked with award-winning director, Gabriel Haze, and reborn doll artist/model, Marilyn Mansfield, on his premiere music video for the song "The Cocaine Song". Recently, he made his debut at the legendary New York City venue, Webster Hall and embarked on his first international tour through Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland. In 2010, Darren Deicide was integral to the revival and salvation of the Historic Jersey City's Harsimus Cemetery when, in conjunction with its board of trustees, he organized its first music show since abandonment. As a devotee of rhythm, blues, and punk, Darren also competes and teaches swing dancing and has had editorial articles printed in a number of publications, including the long running column "Agent Provocateur" in The Aquarian Weekly, which evolved into a segment on the 9Sense podcast. He also is the creator and host of the live music series Hokum!, a showcase of alternative roots music. Darren Deicide is an ordained priest in the Church of Satan. His most recent releases were his first 7-inch vinyl pressing, Bomb This Joint, and a joint project with the Historic Jersey City's Harsimus Cemetery entitled Back from the Dead: The Harsimus Sessions, a new set of live video sessions. In 2016, he released The Blues Non Est Mortuum on Berenice Records, his first full-length album in 7 years.
Back from the Dead: The Harsimus Sessions
"If any proof is needed that the power of blues is easier to find than ever, look no further than Darren Deicide."
-The Aquarian Weekly Oct. 29, 2008, Vol. 2-475
"Surprisingly rugged and rich...Darren Deicide brings more danger to rock n' roll with a single blues lick and a few moments of your time than most contemporary bands do over the course of a tour."
-Jersey Beat, The Quinlan Chronicles [FULL REVIEW]
"Blending the best aspects of blues, rock n' roll, and punk, Darren Deicide creates a unique sound that is vibrant and propelling yet dark and ominous."
-Old Nick Magazine Vol. 1, No. 3
"With [The Blues Non Est Mortuum], Darren Deicide proves that the blues sure aren’t dead. This charismatic juke joint hip cat from Jersey City provides us with a fine piece of wax that doesn’t only sound great, but also comes in a stunning full-colour sleeve with a big-ass eight-page booklet."
-Old Style Music Nights [FULL REVIEW]
"His singing has a plaintive cry; a mix of blues with a streak of something ominous, some sort of vague, yet tantalizing danger with a no-holds-barred, sonic intensity...[Darren] Deicide really is in a class all by himself; I can't think of any modern act to whom I could compare him."
-Kent Manthie, Independent Review [FULL REVIEW]
"Darren Deicide has released his first vinyl entitled "Bomb This Joint", and you'd all better buy a copy! This two-song record is just what you need to get into a darker, more intense blues singer/songwriter."
-The Biggest Letdown [FULL REVIEW]
"I like ['The Jersey Devil is Here'] more and more when I listen to it, but not because it's 'nice to hear', but more because of the authenticity of this guy. 'The Jersey Devil Is Here' is unusual! Not beautiful, but wicked and loud!"
-Rocktimes [FULL REVIEW]
"[The Jersey Devil is Here] really is a worthwhile and captivating event that devoted fans as well as those looking for something new and unique to feast on will eat up like mad."
"Deicide has a fondness for the blues and the attitude of a punk, causing 'Bomb This Joint' to sound like something Joe Strummer might have written had he been raised in the Mississippi Delta."
-Antimusic.com [FULL REVIEW]
"His voice is full of rock n' roll piss and vinegar...His playing is full of jagged guitar riffs, and it's all in all a good time."
-Infernal Ink Magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 2, April 2013