Category Archives: Cyanide

Engraved Invitation-LUCID RECESS-2010

My first clue was the fact that you had to “LIKE” the band on their Facebook page before you could download the songs. No integrity. Minus a million points. The album cover reminds me of Seether’s Karma and Effect for some reason. Minus ten points. Then I saw the self-description of the kind of music they play. “Metal/Alternative”. Alarm Bells. I also noticed that this album was recommended by those poseurs, Rolling Stone and RSJ Online.

Finally I came to the music. Oh my gawd, the music. First thing I noticed was that its not metal. Not an iota. It is not metal in this or any other universe. Power chord riffing, the occasional chugga-chugga does not metal make. Minus 100 points for misrepresentation. Then I heard the vocals. It sounds as if he is singing karaoke with the song playing on Youtube in the background. The guy tries the power metal range in the first song, realizes that he can’t do it and stops. Bad, bad. Minus another 100. Somewhere in the album he tries to do the metal shriek at the end of a line, doesnt make it. The whole album is bunch of generic mid-90’s alternative rock chords (think Candlebox, Love Battery, Bush, Stone Temple wait, STP had some good songs.) The guitar playing is competent and everything, but that doesn’t mean that this stands a chance of sounding right. Not a chance in hell. Minus another 1000 points. Oh, and they had the friggin audacity to call themselves METAL of all things? This standard, mundane post-grunge affair? Minus another 100. I could point out a million other things that I despise about this record, but wth, my point has been made.

But at least they had the good sense to give this away for free. Plus 10. Anybody keeping score?

-Baba T   



Not Over Yet EP-Cyanide-2010

Cyanide is a band from Delhi, formed in 2001, and have been working the rock circuit all over India and are currently hot, having released their first EP!! Yea, this is the one and you can catch all of it here. Anyways there are only 5 songs on here, all originals, with lyrics I am not gonna bother to describe ‘cause I hardly think that is the point. The point is that if you attend one of their concerts, get ready to put your headbanging heads on cause they know how to put the pedal on the metal!!

The sound can be roughly described as, well, hard rock, with the regular song structure that we are all familiar with, having listened to 90’s rock ad infinitum. I can’t give them points for originality, but I think they secure the top grade as far as competency and listenability are concerned. The production is fine and polished and what makes me like them even more is the bass. It’s completely audible (that what I like most about our desi bands….such a live sound) and completely kicks ass especially on the title track, which is the best track on here. The rest of the tracks are adequate, not as ass-kicking, except for the ballad, Untold Misery which just sucks due to the hackneyed style and plasticky generic solo. I hope to hear them LOUD and friggin LIVE sometime in Delhi. Where art thou Cyanide???

Recommended Tracks:- Not Over Yet-Is this a classic hard rock headbanger or wat?? Uses the soft-loud dynamic perfectly, the solo comes right at the end after they have built up the anticipation for the same-classic songwriting techniques, way to go, Cyanide!! This is one poison I would like to ingest LIVE!!

-Baba T


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