Once Upon the Cross

Once Upon the Cross
Once Upon the Cross
Studio album by Deicide
Released April 18, 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Death metal
Length 28:10
Label Roadrunner
Producer Deicide, Scott Burns
Deicide chronology
Once Upon the Cross
Serpents of the Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
NME (3/10)[2]

Once Upon the Cross is the third studio album by American death metal band Deicide. It was released in 1995 by Roadrunner Records.

The samples at the beginning of the opening track "Once Upon the Cross" and "Trick Or Betrayed" are taken from the film The Last Temptation of Christ.


Comments on the album

"Listening back, '...Cross' seems very slow. Live we play those songs much faster. Actually we've always played them faster than they are on the record. When we went in the studio in '94 and I recorded the drum tracks at the speed I had been playing them at practice, we only had 22 minutes with the same amount of songs, they were just faster. 22 minutes does not make an album so I re-recorded the songs at a more controlled pace and still only ended up with 30 minutes. So there it was." - Steve Asheim[3]

Critical reception

"A typically brutal set from Deicide that is particularly notable for the guitar pyrotechnics of Eric and Brian Hoffman." "The band continues to grow." - Allmusic[1]

Track listing

  • Lyrics: Glen Benton. Music: Deicide.
No. Title Length
1. "Once Upon the Cross"   3:34
2. "Christ Denied"   3:38
3. "When Satan Rules His World"   2:53
4. "Kill the Christian"   2:57
5. "Trick or Betrayed"   2:25
6. "They Are the Children of the Underworld"   3:09
7. "Behind the Light Thou Shall Rise"   2:59
8. "To Be Dead"   2:39
9. "Confessional Rape"   3:56
Total length:



  1. ^ a b Jehnzen, David. "Review: Once Upon the Cross". Macrovision Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r212757. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Angela. "Review: Deicide - Once Upon The Cross (Roadrunner/All formats)". NME (IPC Media) (May 20, 1995): 45. 
  3. ^ Deicide interview (06/2006) - Metal Storm

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