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Formed in 1995 by vocalist Dan Ortega, guitarist Mike Maxson, and bassist Dean Piekara, Cyst first existed under the name Stalkbreed. The band was formed out of a mutual love for metal, particularly the classic thrash metal bands of the early to late 1980’s. Amidst several lineup changes in the positions of second guitarist and drummer, Stalkbreed managed to record a demo CD, titled “Become Wrath”, in 1998, and then proceeded to release the CD independently in 1999. Though well received in South Florida, Stalkbreed’s home territory, the demo did not quite live up to the ultimate vision the band had been looking towards. By the summer of 2000, the band had grown considerably, and they adopted the name Cyst. The name change arrived with an overhaul of the band’s music, with more emphasis placed on speed and raw aggression, as well as the crucial addition of current members Victor Bonilla (drums) and Kyle Bennett (guitar). Only now was Cyst to become the ultimate vision of the founding members: a band remaining true to their roots in thrash metal, and injected with the over-the-top aggression found in the more extreme underground metal acts of the 1990’s. Cyst went on to record a full length album in late 2000. With the help of Jeremy Staska of Studio 13 (Malevolent Creation, Poison The Well, etc), the band had finally found a recorded sound which satisfied them. Three of the nine tracks went on to become the first Cyst demo, affectionately reffered to by fans as the “Wrath” demo.

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