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Despised Icon

One of the two vocalists, Alexandre Erian at 2009's Leeds Ghostfest.
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Deathcore
Years active 2002–present
Labels Century Media, Galy, Relapse
Associated acts Job for a Cowboy, Ion Dissonance, The Acacia Strain, Neuraxis, The Crimson Syndicate
Alexandre Erian
Steve Marois
Eric Jarrin
Ben Landreville
Max Lavelle
Alexandre Pelletier
Former members
Yannick St-Amand
Marie-Hélène Landry
Sebastien Piché
Al Glassman

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, takes use of a mid-range screaming technique, and Steve Marois for the low growling vocals, 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 the 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.[1] 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,[1] followed by a split EP with Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus, issued through Relapse Records.[2][3]

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.[5]

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, The 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.[6] In December 2008, guitarist Al Glassman left Despised Icon to join Job for a Cowboy in replacement of their original guitarist Ravi Bhadriraju.[7] 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.[8] 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.

Despised Icon has confirmed to be part of the Wacken Open Air tour held in Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. It is one of the biggest summer heavy metal festivals worldwide, featuring more than 60 bands. [9]

In the start of 2010 Despised Icon has confirmed to be part of the Summer Breeze Open Air heavy metal festival in Germany. The festival will take place in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria and will feature over 50 bands and draw around 40,000 attendees. The festival is held between August 19-21. [10]

Band members

  • Alexandre Erian – lead vocals (2003–present) drums, percussion (2002–2003)
  • Steve Marois – lead vocals (2002–present)
  • Max Lavelle – bass (2008–present)
  • Eric Jarrin – guitars (2002–present)
  • Alexandre Pelletier – drums, percussion (2003–present)
  • Ben Landreville – guitars (2009–present)
  • Marie-Hélène Landry – lead vocals (2002–2003)
  • Yannick St-Amand – guitars (2002–2006)
  • Sebastien Piché – bass (2002–2008)
  • Al Glassman – guitars (2006–2008)


Studio albums

Year Title Notes
2002 Consumed by Your Poison
  • Released: October 2, 2002
  • Label: Galy
  • Re-released in 2006 through Century Media
    including two re-recordings.
2005 The Healing Process
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
  • Reached #162 on the Billboard 200


Year Album details
2009 Montreal Assault
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Century Media

Extended plays

Year Album details Notes
2004 Syndicated Murderers
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: —
2005 Bodies in the Gears of the
Apparatus/Despised Icon
  • Released: January 11, 2005
  • Label: Relapse (Catalog # 6632)
  • Split with Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus.
2006 Demos 2002 & 2004
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Galy (Catalog # 44)
  • Split with Ion Dissonance, including:
    • .357 demo, 2002 by Ion Dissonance;
    • Syndicated Murderers promo, 2004 by Despised Icon.

Music videos

Year Title Director
2006 "The Sunset Will Never Charm Us" Jean-Phillipe Bernier[11][12]
2007 "In the Arms of Perdition"
2008 "Furtive Monologue" Jonathan Desbiens[13]
2009 "Day Of Mourning" Kartel Films


  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Despised Icon > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  2. ^ [1] Century Media Records published Despised Icon biography
  3. ^ [2] Galy Records published Despised Icon biography
  4. ^ [3] Relapse Records published Despised Icon biography
  5. ^ "Despised Icon sign Worldwide deal with Century Media Records". 2005-01-11. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  6. ^ "Despised Icon: DVD Details Revealed". 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Despised Icon to Release Day of Mourning in September". (Roadrunner Records). 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Wacken Open Air Tour 2010". Metal Call-Out. February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Summer Breeze Festival". Metal Call-Out. February 10, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Despised Icon - "The Sunset Will Never Charm Us"". MTV Networks. 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  12. ^ "Despised Icon - "In the Arms of Perdition"". MTV Networks. 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  13. ^ "Despised Icon - "Furtive Monologue"". MTV Networks. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

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