Dying? Descending into hell? Doom? Destruction? If Cianide doesn"t come to mind ... then why the fuck are you thinking about Death Metal?!? For those of you who don"t know about Cianide, read on and learn something, fools!!What comes to mind when you think of Death Metal?
Chicago"s Death Metal legend, formed in 1988 by guitarist Scott Carroll and bassist/vocalist Mike Perun, was founded upon a vision of creating the heaviest Death Metal in existence!
The world"s first lethal dose of Cianide came in the form of 1990"s Funeral demo. Picking up where bands like Venom and Hellhammer left off, Cianide was the fix death addicts worldwide were craving.
The band was solidified with the addition of drummer, Jeff Kabella. The three went on to abuse this planet with 1992"s punishing debut opus, The Dying Truth, and again in 1994 with A Descent Into Hell, thus establishing Cianide as North America"s premiere dealers of heavier-than-hell Death Metal.
The following year saw the departure of Jeff from the band and a beginning of a new era. Determined to continue delivering their balls-heavy brand of Death Metal to the black masses of the world, Mike and Scott recruited Metal drummer extraordinaire Andy Kuizin and the line-up was again complete. The three wasted no time writing new material and entered the studio in late 1995. The result was a sleek new sound for the band: Rage War 1996. What can be best described sonically as an all-out, thermonuclear war with a refined edge, Cianide proved once and for all that Death Metal, when played well and with conviction, is the most powerful form of music known to mankind.
Basking in the triumph of their latest release, the three decided it was time to raise the stakes by adding a second guitarist to further reinforce their already formidable wall of sound. A long-time member of the Chicago Metal scene and a veteran of numerous Death Metal outfits, guitarist Jim Bresnahan was the perfect choice.
Now a four piece with the experience and talent on their side, Cianide would be unstoppable. This prophecy came to pass with 1998"s Death, Doom and Destruction. With their ever-present formula of killer, catchy riffs, skull crushing arrangements and mind-numbing heaviness, Cianide had yet again provided a Death Metal masterpiece for ages.
Recognizing the greatness of this release, Merciless Records contacted the band and proposed a 500-piece limited edition vinyl re-release of Death, Doom and Destruction. The band agreed and soon after signed with Merciless for a new record deal. Now, after more than a decade of fighting on the Death Metal frontline, Cianide unleashed their most devastating plan of attack to date, Divide And Conquer! From neck-breaking speeders like "Armed To the Teeth", "Bastardized" and the title track, to mid-paced headbangers like "Apocalyptic Fears", and plodding epic dirges like "Remain in Hell", Divide And Conquer is the only strategy sure to satisfy all lovers of Death!!
Cianide is one of the few bands left out there today with credibility and believability. Never abandoning their roots yet always evolving.
Cianide is a prime example of what METAL is all about: staying the course while moving ahead and always remaining DEATH HEAVY.
(Source: Official Site)