After honing their sound in underground metal clubs for three years, Deicide came roaring out of Tampa with this self-titled 1990 debut. Florida had become a hub for the second wave of death metal, thanks to bands like Obituary and Death, both of whom recorded with Scott Burns at his Tampa-based Morrisound Recording Studio. American bands had taken the satanic themes of European death metal bands and crossbred them with the hyper-aggression of Slayer and Metallica. While it wasn’t the earliest death metal album to come out of Florida, Deicide’s first album was definitive. Where Norwegian metal had been icy and trebly, Deicide took the sound of death metal and made it thick and molten. Driven by the double-stacked guitars of brothers Eric and Brian Hoffman and Steve Asheim's indefatigable drumming, “Lunatic of God’s Creation,” “Deicide,” and “Dead by Dawn” raised the stakes of the entire metal genre. What makes this album potent isn't its satanic themes but the unrelenting physicality with which those themes are delivered.