Satanicide is an over-the-top, wigged out, '80s-style hair metal extravaganza which rose to "the top of the New York City rock trash heap" (TimeOut NY) in the early noughties. Founded by college friends Devlin Mayhem (vocals) and Aleister Cradley (guitar) in the late '90s, the band was pegged by Alternative Press as one of the "100 bands to watch in 2001." They released their first and only album, "Heather," in 2003. In that same year, their DIY short film "JerZ Knights" was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival. Satanicide's genre-defiling style laid the path for other bands to follow, including The Darkness, Tenacious D, and Steel Panther. Their legendary live shows were typified by awesomely authentic and hysterical original metal songs; absurd, ball-busting banter; and numerous Page 6-acknowledged cameos by Moby.
After the wild ride of the early noughties, Satanicide finally called it quits. Devlin went on to become one of Rock's top photographers, under the alias Dale May. And Aleister, under the alias Phil Costello, went on to form Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, and Diamondsnake (with Moby).
Fast forward to 2013. Satanicide is back with live shows and a new record in the works. Joining Devlin and Aleister are their bandmates Sloth Vader (drums), the Baron Klaus von Goaten IV (bass), and new addition Rolls Royce Peterson (also of Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees) on lead guitar.
The band's old motto, "Never has so much cock graced a single stage," remains true to this day. That is largely because there is now a fifth cock (the aforementioned Rolls Royce Peterson), and the cocks are older, wiser, and possibly even longer. Look out for Satanicide at a Lower East Side hipster club near you!