Cianide – Unhumanized
Reviewed: January 2020
Released: 2020, Hells Headbangers
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Sometimes you just need some good ol’ fashioned, knuckle dragging mid-west death metal in your life.
Long running Chicago scene vets Cianide are back to fill that void with their first collection of new tunes since 2011’s GODS OF DEATH. UNHUMANIZED is an EP’s worth of material that sounds as fresh as it does old school, which always makes me ask the question – why didn’t Cianide ever break into the death metal big leagues?
Cut from the same cloth as Incantation, Autopsy, and Shed the Skin, Cianide wallow in doom laden dirges of death, summoning beastly riffs from the bowels of Hell’s locker room and spewing forth guttural filth towards anybody in ear shot. And it’s been that way since 1990, but the energy on tunes like “Weapon of Curse” and “Shadow of the Claw” is freaking real. UNHUMANIZED sounds like the Cianide I remember from back in the day when I purchased THE DYING TRUTH on cassette – only much, much better.
Hopefully UNHUMANIZED serves as a teaser for a proper full length to follow. But if this is all the Cianide we get for another 9 years, I gladly I’ll take it. If you like your death metal classic, OG, and free of any bells and/or whistles – UNHUMANIZED is the real deal.