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Dry Kill Logic Bio

Dry Kill Logic
Band members
Cliff Rigano - vocals
Dave Kowatch - bass
Scott Thompson - guitars
Phil Arcuri - drums


It isn't often that a band like Dry Kill Logic comes along - a band whose musical depth exceeds its anger. That is not to say that the music lacks attitude, in fact it is downright pissed off, but with a focus that is not often heard in heavy music today. Singer Cliff Rigano, guitarist Scott Thompson, bassist Dave Kowatch and drummer Phil Arcuri deftly combine their uniquely-styled rage, tension and talent into an explosive mixture that separates them from others in their genre.

Originally formed in Westchester, New York in 1995, Dry Kill Logic took their cue from the proverbial gods of metal -- Pantera, Tool, King Diamond, Sepultura and Fear Factory. In 1997 they released their first EP 'Cause Moshing Is Good Fun' on their own Psychodrama Records. "Psychodrama is everywhere," Cliff explains. "I've always felt that the forces of stupidity surround the human race constantly. Everything has to be a really big deal these days. People aren't willing to let go of even the smallest thing." After wracking up some prime opening slots for the likes of Exodus, Flotsam & Jetsam, and Pro-Pain, the band went into the studio in July '98 with producer Andy Katz (Overkill, Local H, Rakim) to cut a full length effort, 'Elemental Evil'. Quickly hailed by their peers as a force to be reckoned with, they were invited to share the stage with Coal Chamber, Incubus, Anthrax, System of a Down, and the Misfits, just to name a few. "When we get on stage it's such a ferocious, violent show," Cliff states. Despite the local successes, internal tensions in the band were running high and when their then-guitarist split, Dry Kill Logic decided to spend 1999 taking some time off and strategizing their next move. This was not to be the end of Dry Kill Logic, it was merely the calm before the storm.

After this much needed break, Dry Kill Logic regrouped with a vengeance. In their search to fill the vacant guitar slot, the band met Scott Thompson, who was working as a piercer at a tattoo shop at the time, through a mutual friend and hit it off straight away. "You can spend years writing with people and never get anywhere," Cliff admits. "Then you can spend minutes with the right person and get ten times as much accomplished. Hinge was taken to a new level once Scott joined." Phil couldn't agree more "Scott was a blessing in disguise. We all instantly clicked and he fit right in." The newly forged foursome started writing for the new record in February of 2000 and went into the studio with Scrap 60 Productions (Eddie Wohl, Steve Regina and Rob Caggiano) in August. With the fire in them burning strong, they quickly tracked the 13 anything-but-quiet tunes that were to become The Darker Side of Nonsense. Talking about the session, Phil is still ecstatic "It was off the wall. We all knew what we were trying to do and everyone was on the same page. The vibe was great."

The intensity and fury on every track on The Darker Side of Nonsense is almost palpable from the churning guitars to the pummeling rhythm section, every track is a catharsis of sorts. "The funny thing is that the songs aren't about anything in particular. I don't write them with an issue or a person in mind," Cliff explains, "I like for people to get out of them what they will. It's not that they are anger for anger's sake - they are very much a part of me." "The new stuff shows we're fed up with everything," Phil states. "We wanted it to be straight-up just heavier and more in-your-face." From the opening assault of "Nightmare", with its screaming chorus of "Me + You = Nightmare" to the all out aural pummeling of "Pain" to the more melodic yet equally deadly "Feel the Break," The Darker Side of Nonsense is sure to put Dry Kill Logic atop the pantheon of heavy music.

HINGE is a beast of its own one that claws at you and gets under your skin and into your head the way that few bands do. Prepare for The Darker Side of Nonsense to do some permanent damage to your cerebral cortex.

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