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Sardonicus' music is an eclectic blend of extreme metal stylings including, but not necessarily limited to the death, grind, black, thrash, doom, and tech vari
an eclectic blend of extreme metal stylings including, but not necessarily limited to the death, grind, black, thrash, doom, and tech varieties of extreme metal.
Band/artist history
The fetid seeds of what was to become Sardonicus were cast upon the burned and bloodied soil of rural Nebraska a decade ago during what was arguably the pinnacle of death metal, thrash and grindcores prosperity in the early 90s. What started as a regular jam session between a pair of friends, Scott and Jamie, designated as Flyswatter and influenced by bands such as Entombed, Pestilence, MOD, SOD, Metallica, Dismembered, DRI, and Nuclear Assualt became a full fledged metallic force once augmented by a bassist and a vocalist. These four young men with a wicked penchant for all things heavy requisitioned an old horse stable, gutted it like a fish, and converted it into their own rats nest in which to incubate and propagate their viciously aggressive sonic spawn. Originally christened as Decomposed, they later shortened said appellation to simply Ded, a concise and foreboding nomen if there ever was one, much like their music at the time. Compact and caustic blasts of death infused grind were the order of the dark day; zombie holocausts, suicides, torture, and other themes of untimely human demise permeated the bands compositions. Adding influences from Slayer, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Carcass, and Cannibal Corpse to name a few, the fearsome foursome of Jamie Steffen on drums, Dan Hanes on bass, Scott Kyle on guitar, and Ian Dawson on vocals honed their vile concoction while letting it seep into the underground via numerous rehearsal and demo tapes that still circulate to this day, and decimating local stages with the like-minded hordes in Divine Chaos and Desecration among others. As nations were preparing their terms of surrender under the looming shadow of the mighty Ded, disaster struck swiftly and silently like the reapers scythe... Dan and Ian had left, Ian to Connecticut and Dan...no one associated with the band is currently aware of Dans whereabouts. He is presumed alive and officially classified MIA. While it seemed that Ded were exactly that, our remaining villains bided their time jamming sporadically and serving time in other outfits such as Lowball while their nefarious creations hibernated amidst the catacombs of metallic would-be legends, lying in wait for their day of reckoning, their day of resurrection, their day to reclaim past glories... A new millennium dawns, and with it comes fresh blood to the ranks; the resurrection begins. Bassist Charles "Chip" Frieden joins the band, they begin utilizing drop tuning and a new stage in song and riff writing evolution begins. Shortly thereafter, vocalist Selvmord (a.k.a. Satan) emerges from the shadows to lend his violently versatile vocals to the sound. The sardonic songwriting begins to veer more towards non-repeating song structures with brutal and blackened riffage. Selvmords intense dedication to the aesthetics of brutal death metal and raw black metal increasingly influence the direction of Sardonicus development, while his background, philosophies and belief structure paint an extremely grim and violent lyrical picture with which to augment the instrumental onslaught. In May of 2004, the final addition to this burnt and bloody collage falls into place with the recruitment of a second guitarist, Scott Pearson. Besides adding additional girth to an already hefty sound , Scott brings to the fold a unique sense of tech metal influenced rhythm, a heavy interest in odd time signatures, and a simple yet interesting and effective perspective on harmony and melody. The addition of a second guitarist opened yet more avenues of musical exploration by freeing up original guitarist, Scott Kyle, to explore more lead and melody based ideas while the second "flying Scotsman", Pearson, holds down the rhythm guitar parts, shadows with a harmony line, or occasionally takes a lead of his own... the sardonic sound mutates again. Most recently, Cody Trisdale replaced Chip on the bass guitar to provide the rumbling storm cloud that forms the ominous sonic backdrop to what has become Sardonicus.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We will be playing a few shows in upcoming months in Omaha, NE.
Your musical influences
Jamie Steffen - drums: Slipknot, Korn, Tool, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, COC, Assuck, DRI, Skinless, Anal Cunt, Slayer, Entombed, Dismembered, Acid Bath, Napalm Death. Scott Kyle - guitars: Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Acid Bath, Entombed, Carcass, Dismember, hardcore stuff like Disrupt, Spazz, Anal Cunt and punk stuff like Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys and Poison Idea Scott Pearson - guitars: Slayer, Pantera, Black Label Society, Cannibal Corpse, Necrophagist, Cryptopsy, Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Emperor, Immortal, Dark Funeral, Darkthrone, Marduk, etc... Cody Trisdale - bass: mostly brutal death metal, thrash, and some black metal such as Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Slayer, Vader, Pantera, Decapitated, Suffocation, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Testament, Kreator, Sepultura Selvmord - vocals: Mayhem, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Emperor, Naglfar, Venom, Black Sabbath, Hate Eternal, Marduk, Dissection, Dark Funeral, Enthroned, Cannibal Corpse, Sardonicus, Omnicide
What equipment do you use?
Scott Pearson plays a BC Rich Warlock and an ESP F200 through several foot pedals and into a Randall RH200G2/R412CX half-stack. You'd have to ask the other guys what they play; I can't remember.
Anything else?
We have a 5-song demo entitled "Grinning From the Grave" available now. Stop by our homesite at www.sardonicus.us to download the whole brutal mess in hi-fi mp3, or email the band for a hardcopy. We also have several other web presences with other songs we've recorded available at www.myspace.com/sardonicus666 and www.blastclick.com/bands/295/
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