Cipher 03/2005 By Maria
Not a lot is known about this original band from Philadelphia. This band is called Cipher. I happened to grab one of their Cds and since they are from Philly, I checked out their music.
Cipher’s Welcome to My Kingdom CD has songs that crunched like freshly poured granite on the ground. Their 5 tracks includes On and On, Forget Me Not and Needle to the Spine which were all melodically sang by Jose Maldonado with a coarsely, gnashing, aching voice that makes me want to scream with him and feel his hard throbbing ……. emotions.
The Winter Time song started out as a soft rock ballad about “tranquil dreams”. “Rain comes down to saturate/ Spread your wings and learn to fly/ Winter comes so this could die”. Then Maldonado started screaming his lungs off again.
With riveting guitars and beating of the drums, the listener will definitely stay awake like there’s a “needle to the spine”.
Their lyrics unfortunately didn’t really turn me on. It seemed like they were playing it safe, although they sounded hard core.
After listening to the CD a couple of times, it grew on me and I can listen to it again and again and enjoy every minute of it.
May I say a younger Octane band? Not really, they are more like the Element, but a little bit more reserved.
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