Born in the winter of 2004, Cipher would come to reveal itself as a menacing, hard rock experience capable of creating an emotional and passionate world to house its music. Jose Maldonado (ex-Liquid Gang, Lava/Atlantic) was seeking a pair of guitarists to bring his ideas to life. He found this spark in high school friends Barrett James and Steve Irlenborn. Their intuitive playing melded with what Jose had been writing and the three found themselves in a springtime of creativity. By June they were ready to record in Nashville with producers Ken Koomer and Charlie Brocco. Out of Nashville came the EP ?Welcome to my Kingdom? featuring ?On and On? a powerful questioning of motives, ?In the Wintertime? a crescendo of what could be, and ?For You? about the gift of choice. Returning to Philadelphia, Cipher first solidified their line up with the intensity and explosive power of Harold Echols? drumming. Next, Eric Nagy (ex-Liquid Gang, Lava/Atlantic and Ether Seeds, Roadrunner) would reunite with Jose for the chest rumbling bass that would ground the group firmly in their innovative sound With five pieces now locked in as one, Cipher moves forward, challenging themselves to move you, while relating their life/death/joy/pain experience in music. This is their reality. This is Cipher.
Read the review of LIQUID GANG?s major label debut from 2000 added today at the old but fresh section,also check out music from CIPHER at their myspace site.