“No bullshit...from the guts...in your face. Chicago Death Metal since 1988”
CIANIDE is an Chicago Death Metal institution with almost 25 years of experience and passion. I thought it’s time to get this 3 – piece war machine in my blog and so I have sent a bunch of questions to Mike (bass, vox). Let´s see what it means to be a real Death Metal maniac!
Hi Mike, how are you. What’s the state of play in Cianide in the year of the apocalypse?
Doing well man, doing well! It would take more than the Apocalypse for CIANIDE to break up. We’re too stupid to announce that and then be able to coin in big $$$ for our big “reunion shows”. Stupid I tell you. Fucking STUPID! Heh heh!
Why has Deepsend re – released “Hells´ Rebirth”? And what about the demo tracks, I mean they are as regular songs already contained.
Deepsend wanted to put it out since it’s only available as an import here in the States and it’s also out of print. So they purchased the license from Displeased. We demoed almost all of the songs for that album. Just for ourselves though, we never released them or anything. We thought it would be a good idea to throw some of the better versions on the reissue as they are a bit different sounding than the final album versions.
Tell me about the “A Descent Into Hell“ box? That looks pretty cool.
It is cool! Well it’s out now on The Crypt who does awesome reissues. Triple gatefold, triple LP played at 45rpm for maximum metal damage. It also contains our “CIANIDE…..KILLS!” demo and a few other tunes. Get some…
Are you merely stroking your souls with that, or is it something like a reward for your old fans too? To get some new it is unsuitable I think?
Both!! People were always asking us about the availability of the first 2 records as they are long out of print so we said, “fuck it”. It’s a good a time as any to get some of these reissues out of the way and besides I’m a selfish prick. I just want one for ME!
There will be an unreleased track on it. Why you have restrained it so long, it must a hideous one, ha ha.
All our songs are hideous! HIDEOUS MANGLEUS! Hah! It really wasn’t an unreleased song per se. “Scourging At The Pillar” actually was on the original CD version, just wasn’t listed on the track listing. Sort of like a hidden track.
You will also some songs for a ep in future, tell me about!
Not much to tell at this point. We need to write some more songs first! Probably 4 or 5 tunes total. Maybe a cover song. Who knows?
A band without a ep is similar to the USA without lunar – landing. From where comes the necessity to release one after all this years?
That’s what I always say. Heh! Well because it takes us so long to write songs I’ll probably 70 years old by the time we get another album’s worth of material going. Heh heh!!
How is it possible not getting tired after almost 25 years into death metal? Why are you still here, while so many others bit the dust?
Oh believe me, we’re ALWAYS tired! Be it from work, being hung-over or whatever. We get asked this question all the time and there’s not really one definite answer. The simplest is that we just enjoy what we do. There’s been no valid reason to quit. We’re just three good friends still dig getting down in the basement once or twice a week to drink, talk shit and play the heaviest music ever.
You play an uncomplicated although a much efficient style from the beginning. Is this your secret why you stay so unaffected and sturdy all the time?
I think it has less to do with the actual music and more to do with who we are as people. No egos involved in this camp at all. In fact there’s never been a chance for one to get cultivated.
We never toured, so we still enjoy each other’s company and we never made money off this shit, so there’s no reason for anyone to get on a high horse either. I think this ties in to the above question as well. We’re just three regular assholes doing what we do. If people dig it or it “catches on” then great. If not, we’ll still be at it. You can count on that.
Scott said in an interview: “In Chicago, everyone’s just kind of laidback and does whatever they do. There’s no mindset about conquering the world.” Is this true, have you never had attempts to play the big international stages?
I would say so, at least with the bands that we’re friends with. You are the company you keep eh? Deep down everybody wants some sort of recognition, which goes without saying. I think what Scott meant was that nobody in Chicago wants to KISS ASS to get it.
We want things done on our terms or you can stick it up your ass. This is the internet age so we’re not that hard to find. If you want us to play, contact us and ask. We have no management or whatnot. Last thing we’re gonna do is kiss some promoter guys ass to get on some bill. That’s pathetic.
Chicago has spawned really remarkable metal bands, from Macabre to Master / Abomination / Death Strike, from Cardiac Arrest to DeathCult. Where do you see Cianide thereby, in the shadow of Speckmann (lol), or even shadow throwing?
Paul’s always gonna be the King of Chicago Metal, even if he doesn’t live here anymore. It’s an honor just to be mentioned alongside all the great fucking metal bands that came from this city, and even the upcoming ones.
Between “Funeral” and “Gods of Death” lies almost a half life. How much of yourself is into it? Has time buried ideals and convictions, or have you got some new?
Time just makes the ideals and convictions more solid actually. I’ve been CIANIDE longer than I’ve been alive, surely for my entire adult life. This isn’t a fad or a phase for me. Never has been and never will.
It’s who I am: Unashamed and nothing to prove to anybody.
It seems death metal never lost its charm for you, thereby many things have changed, not only musically, right?
No it hasn’t. As long as there are new bands coming up out of the pike to kick some serious ass, why should it? People seemingly can change their musical tastes like an on/off switch. If you liked it before, why is it not good now, because you “grew up”? That means you were a phony from the start. Says a lot about a person actually, at least to me. I have no time to waste on such people.
Does the term “old school “sound strange for someone who knows that kind of music from the bottom up?
Nah. It’s becoming a bit overused as of late, but if that’s what people wanna call it I can hardly give two shits. I like putting things into categories myself so…
All the split releases are old school indeed, right? How do you get the split partners?
Just from being mutual fans of each other’s bands. It’s as simple as, “Hey you guys KILL! Wanna do a split?” If we both have songs ready to go you move forward with the release. If not, shit sits in limbo. We gotta queue of three splits already waiting to happen!
How many labels have you “attired” in the past?
Let’s see: Grindcore/Red Light (I consider them the same), Lost Horizon, Merciless Records, From Beyond/Displeased and HellsHeadbangers – and these are just for the full lengths. For the reissues we have Razorback, Dark Descent and Deathgasm. Those last two are up coming. Yeah we like to spread the misery!
Have you really never had trouble with the lineup? How is this possible, you must feel privileged? Do you never get on your tits among each other?
Get on our tits? Ugh. Thanks for the visual man! Heh heh! We’ve had our issues over the years to be sure, but we’re adults. Nobody “takes their ball and goes home”. We deal with it and work it out. I guess you can say we’re “grown ups” in that regard.
What Cianide release makes you really proud and which one you´d like to throw into the Atlantic?
“Descent Into Hell” and “Gods of Death” are my 2 favorites, but I love everything we’ve done or else we wouldn’t have done it.
Last shot is yours!
Thanks Jörg and FATALGRIND!!
METAL NEVER BENDS!!!