Cianide - A Descent Into Hell

Production: Deliberately muddy, sludgy, organic-metallic.

Review: Regressing from grindcore aesthetic into doom metal of a moribund nature, Cianide hybridize total minimalism in power riffing with resonating tunnels of concentric reductive oscillation in the oldest style of heavy and somewhat abstract but mostly gritty and nasally organic heavy metal rock. In bludgeoning power chords and guttural evaporations of slowly disintegrating vocals this band use the inspiration of influences Venom and Hellhammer to create thunderous and deliberately simplistic and deconstructive music in a cross-section of style between death metal, heavy metal and biker rock.

While most associate the doom genre with a depressive mood, this death metal-grindcore hybrid indulges -- as did the greats like Obituary, Infester and Gorguts -- in an abstract and biological sense of depressant motives, which means a melancholy that slows engagement with the world and encourages the listener to look within, where paradoxically, our representation of the world lives and so does our knowledge of the external. Riffs from this style could be compared to Bolt Thrower because they use longer phrases anchored in repeated patterns at different harmonic locations, in order to achieve a vertiginous and constant sense of immersive detachment.


1. Gates of Slumber (3:35)
2. Eulogy (6:07) Heavy metal, death metal, speed metal, doom metal, grindcore or thrash mp3 sample
3. The Undead March (3:14)
4. The Luciferian Twilight (5:46) Heavy metal, death metal, speed metal, doom metal, grindcore or thrash mp3 sample
5. Beyond the Fallen Horizon (6:00)
6. Darkness (6:03)
7. Death Dealer (2:03) (Slaughter cover)
8. Mountains in Thunder (7:49) Heavy metal, death metal, speed metal, doom metal, grindcore or thrash mp3 sample
9. Scourging at the Pillar (remake from The Dying Truth) (4:35)

Length: 45:14

Cianide - A Descent Into Hell: Death Metal 1994 Cianide

Copyright © 1994 Red Light

Carved in rhythm songs are shapes which reflect the mood of descent, inverting itself asymmetrically for a return which inspires or destroys with the mood of a petulant minor god. Acerbic resounding power chord tumble riffs sluggishly engage a collision battery of degenerate recumbence and rise in geometric archangel opposition to the predominate declination, waiting in undulating poise before the waves of history rise in a phenomenon of resound and bring about venal downfall. Hedonistic in spirit and assertive in the metallic art of riff shaping as a means of coordinating mood to shape and motion of phrase, this release breaks no (0) new ground yet provides a forum for the raw spirit emerging within metal to speak at least its defiance and irrefutable aesthetic.