Cyanide Breed
Shoutout To Satan


4.5
superb

Review

by Simon Harris (SCREAM!) USER (56 Reviews)
June 5th, 2008 | 24 replies | 5,847 views


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Review Summary: Brutal, technical, thrashy, melodic death metal. Yes...its a good as it sounds

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

What can one expect from an album called Shoutout To Satan? A laughable black metal band that tries way too hard to sound dark and evil? An uninspired parody of modern metal? As you can tell, I didn’t have high hopes when I decided to give this album a chance; but this band is yet another demonstration of the old adage: “Do no judge a book by its cover”(or in this case, a metal cd by its case).

Cyanide Breed is an American brutal death band that add some melody into their music(I know it sounds like an oxy-moron but trust me, it really isn’t). They formed in 2000, released a demo, an EP and a full-length and split-up shortly after.

The album starts off with Natazrahn. Its your typical metal opening track being completely keyboard driven and completely skippable. This trend is seriously overused in metal but I’m not going to go on about that because I’m sure everyone reading the review knows exactly what I’m talking about and is just as bored with the trend as I am.

A quick drum roll starts off Darkened Path Immaculate and is quickly joined by a fierce guitar riff. The band wastes no time showing us what the album is all about as the second track charges at you with the force of an out-of control freight train. And the impact of that train will last 50 minutes and have you walking away wondering what hit you.

About 30 second into that second song, you are introduced to Pete Gallagher’s screaming. His range is all over the place. He goes from low guttural growls to high pitched raspy screams and everywhere in between. He even does some “clean singing” which is done in a pretty harsh, old school thrash kind of style. I don’t think any other kind of “clean singing” could’ve fit into the intensity of the music and it just adds more variety to his already varied singing..

The guitars borrow from a few different types of metal sub-genres. The two main ones being brutal death and technical death but there is also a significant thrash influence and even quite a few melodies sprinkled in to create an intense, heavy sound with lots of variety to it. The variety is a key factor considering the average song is about 6-7 minutes. Each song goes through many changes but the speed and intensity are constant throughout. The melodic death metal influences are sprinkled a little all over the place but can be found in bigger quantities in songs like Leading The Meek To The Slaughter that opens up with a great lead riff backed by an interesting drum pattern; and also in Soiled Unborn with is probably the slowest song on the album(it isn’t slow by any means though). The melodic death influences can be most appreciated in the solo department. Usually when listening to death/thrash one can expect the solos to be focused more on the speed and less on the quality of the sound (something I’ve noticed at least). On here they have some of that style of soloing but it is often followed by another section that is more melodic and often times slightly slower and more bend oriented (a great example of this can be found in Leading The Meek To The Slaughter). Almost every song has a solo (some have more than one) and they are always an entertaining listen and only further demonstrate the talent of the guitarists.

To match the speed of the guitars, one needs a speedy drummer. The drumming is very solid but also pretty standard. Fans of the almighty blast beat will be delighted by this. Not to say the drummer is completely formulaic. He comes up with a few interesting beats throughout the album and although he might not be the most original drummer out there, he keeps up perfectly with the speed and provides a solid backbone for the rest of the instruments.

So now we’ve covered the singing, the guitars, the drums, we don’t really need to mention the bass…what is left? Oh yes…the keyboards. Yes, that’s right, the keyboards. They are used very sparingly in the album, just enough to show their presence but not so much as to take away from the overall heaviness or alienate fans of brutal death metal. When they are used, they are usually behind the vocals, behind the guitars and behind the drums. They are there, behind everything, adding just an extra speck of melody to the overall brutal sound and even a bit of ambiance from time to time. They don’t ever get really in your face, they just make the band’s sound slightly more unique when compared to the hundreds of other brutal death metal bands out there.

Cyanide Breed craft a superb album of their own unique kind of melodic thrashy brutal death metal that should please lovers of any one of those genres (and delight lovers of all those genres). Another band that shows us there might still be some hope for the American metal scene.

Recommended Tracks
-For the brutal death lovers: Darkened Path Immaculate
-For the melo-death lovers: Leading The Meek To The Slaughter
-For everyone: Soiled Unborn



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Willie
Moderator
June 5th 2008



15876 Comments


Good review, but based on the music description and the album title I'm having a hard time imagining anything other then more second-rate metalcore.This Message Edited On 06.05.08

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

combustion07
June 5th 2008



5334 Comments


Oh man, I want this so bad, the way you describe it makes it sound like it was made for me.

BallsToTheWall
June 5th 2008



44164 Comments


Good review but agree with Willie. Does this sound a bit like Covenant from Morbid Angel but more thrashy? I'll still check it though. And you should find Hail of Bullets.

DBlitz
June 5th 2008



1690 Comments


This sounds promising, I'll look for it

SCREAM!
June 5th 2008



9964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, but based on the music description and the album title I'm having a hard time imagining anything other then more second-rate metalcore.
I'm not sure how you saw metalcore in the description but it definately isn't. This is way heavier than any metalcore I've ever heard and a lot better too.

I can send links to anyone interested



Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

SHOOTME
June 5th 2008



2393 Comments


This sounds promising. good review.

Si1v3RfaNg
June 5th 2008



814 Comments


not to sound like a new to the site, cocky bastard, but i think its slightly annoying that u go on about how heavy and death metal this band is, but then u call their style later on "kind of thrashy" it just annoys me, but besides that great review, ill pos, oh and i have to do this u know........ "The band wastes no time showing us what the album is all about as the second track charges at you with the force of an out-of control freight train." thats over exaggeration my friend haha

SCREAM!
June 6th 2008



9964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but i think its slightly annoying that u go on about how heavy and death metal this band is, but then u call their style later on "kind of thrashy" it just annoys me
Cause it's death metal with thrash elements thrown in...not uncommon in today's metal

Si1v3RfaNg
June 6th 2008



814 Comments


oh ok, whatevs, you still did a good review, im just nitpicking

SCREAM!
June 6th 2008



9964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Are the cheezy band name and album name scaring people from the review? If so they are missing outThis Message Edited On 06.06.08

combustion07
June 6th 2008



5334 Comments


I got this now it pretty cool I'm gonna give it a few more listens but its a solid 4.

combustion07
June 6th 2008



5334 Comments


Oh and nice avatar, I got the shirt

SCREAM!
June 6th 2008



9964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its a pretty sick shirt, thinking of getting it myself. Nice to see my review helped at least ONE person lol

SCREAM!
July 9th 2008



9964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lisened to this again tonight. Still kicks ass BROOTALLYThis Message Edited On 07.09.08

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2009



8317 Comments


FUCK YEAH SCREAM!, this is some good shit my man

SCREAM!
November 18th 2009



9964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn straight mafaka

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2009



8317 Comments


yeah I was a bit skeptical after the pig growls found in the second track ;), but overall it's really solid. Diggin this for sure.

SCREAM!
November 18th 2009



9964 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You have to join me in whoring the fuck out of this. So far my efforts have been in vain

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2009



8317 Comments


I could help out a bit, sure

jingledeath
November 27th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not really that brutal and the album could do without the keys but it's still awesome, some of the guitar works are catchy as fuck



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