Consisting of Paul Fielder on guitar and vocals, Andre Andrews on bass and Lewis House on drums, Cyanide Sundae is a hard rock band from the south coast of England. They have begun touring to promote their debut EP Nothing to Lose, released in May of 2017. Featuring four fast-paced fiery tracks, the sound is fierce and aggressive with raspy intense vocals mixed with rock guitar and drums.
The album starts off with “What Can I Do” which immediately hits you full force with intense drums and full-bodied hard rock sound. Fielder’s vocals are raspy and raw and he ends certain notes in a way that reminded me slightly of James Hetfield. The lyrics were repetitive and angry with the vocals becoming more and more intense throughout.
In the second track “The Rebound” the band seems to have more of a standout sound that separates them from most of the heavy, scream rock I’ve heard recently. With an interesting vocal arrangement and cool distortions, this song came off as original and unique. The eerie dark aura and intense emphasis on certain words in the chorus were striking and made it my favorite song on the album. I think tapping into this particular quality and expanding on it more may be key to establishing their sound.
“Spinning Wheel” came off as a little all over the place to me. The vocals seemed scattered and rushed almost at times. I still ultimately enjoyed the song but felt it was lacking compared to the previous track. The instruments were crazy intense on this one, so much so that it had almost an anxious quality to the feel of it. If the vocals were more organized I think it could have been a real hard hitting song.
The final song was “Rage” and it definitely had more of a melodic quality to it than the previous track. This song had more of the originality that I heard in “The Rebound” and it felt more dimensional and complete. The interesting vocal arrangements are a signature feature that would be cool to focus on.
Nothing to Lose had some pretty impressive potential. Although two of the songs felt scattered and unfinished, the other two completely stood out to me. They were pungent and dynamic and different than anything I’ve heard recently. I think building on that solid foundation could lead to some pretty stellar music and I look forward to future work.
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