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The year was 1997. On a cold, damp, autumn day in Lively, Ontario, Canada, Catharcyst was born. They were then known around town as the very deadly but distinguished "Diversity". They were the first band from Sudbury to introduce blast beats into their music. After some dreadful departures in 1999, and a new gathering of souls, "Diversity" disposed of their sick ridden name and became the ever so popular but stimulating, "State Of Aggression".

State Of Aggression released their first and only record in the Y2K rigged year of 2000, entitled "Utopia Is Humanless". The album consisted of 6 songs + a bonus track. The CD was recorded, mixed & mastered at Easter Island Studios in Sudbury and boasts' great sound (CD available @ http://catharcyst.bigcartel.com/). In 2002, David Viljanmaa (guitarist/vocalist) decided to end his role in the band, and thus, end his era of terror. The band now consisted of Paul Cipriani (guitar, vocals, keys), Bill Moores (guitar, vocals, keys, didgeridoo), Joel Ferris (bass & effects) and Jay Maloney (drums & percussion). After the dust had settled, Paul dialed up the name "CATHARCYST".

The band name "CATHARCYST", spawns from two root words, "Catharsis" & "Cyst". Catharsis, is defined as a purgation (a release) of emotions, or relief of emotional tensions, especially through a work of art (music in our case). Cyst, is defined as an abnormal sac-like growth of the body in which matter is contained. Put it all together, and you have one ferocious sac of metal brilliance, waiting to explode onto the forefront of the music scene and on the stage.

Their debut album, "Feast On The Flesh”, was released in 2004 (CD available @ http://catharcyst.bigcartel.com/). The 11 song disc was independently recorded and released by the band. They played a slew of performances including towns and cities such as Toronto, North Bay, Sturgeon Falls and of course, The Greater City Of Sudbury. Highlights of this era include sharing the stage with Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Eclipse Eternal, Fuck The Facts and more.

The four piece band soon became a three piece. Bill Moores (guitarist/vocalist for 9 years) left the band in the spring of 2006. Joel Ferris (bass player for 10 years) decided to leave the band in the summer of 2007. Now with only two members left in the band, the future looked bleak.

CATHARCYST were on definite hiatus, and the band was almost ready to fold, until they found a new bass player by the name of Kipp Grose. Kipp joined CATHARCYST at the end of the calendar year of 2007. Kipp used to play in the industrial/punk/metal outfits "Satan's Dollhouse", "Flambo", & "Inherent Noise". He currently has his own project called "d3function" - http://www.kippgrose.com

Soon they were sharing the stage with well - known acts such as Cryptopsy, Origin, The Last Felony, Estuary, Behold ... The Arctopus, Yakuza, Beneath The Massacre, Blackguard, Fuck The Facts, 3 Inches Of Blood, Goatwhore, Kalmah, and more.

"A Spell Has Been Cast" E.P. was released on May 18th, 2010. The new E.P. was recorded, mixed & mastered by Darren Favot (Satisfaction Darrenteed) @ Sardonic Moon Studio in Sudbury. "A Spell Has Been Cast" contains 4 spell-bounding tracks of melodic blackened death metal. Josh Dartez from Bloodmoon Art & Design took care of the artwork for the EP, and our new T-Shirt design. Go to http://catharcyst.bigcartel.com/ for all of your ordering needs. Songs available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Napster etc. If you want to order "A Spell Has Been Cast" through PayPal, please send $7 to pcipriani_69@hotmail.com with all correct shipping info.

In February 2011, the band once again became a four piece as Jason Lafauci became the rhythm guitarist in CATHARCYST. He was subsequently let go by the band in May of 2012.

In search of a lead guitarist, Paul stumbled upon a youtube video of a 19 year old kid covering a Pantera classic, Cowboys From Hell. Impressed by his shredding skills, Brady MacCoy became the new lead guitarist for CATHARCYST in March 2013. Once again, the band is back to a four piece.

CATHARCYST are currently recording their long awaited full-length CD, "A Purgative Bondage". Paul Cipriani will be handling the duties of recording/mixing & mastering. With new songs and a new record on the horizon, 2016 proves to be a monumental year for Catharcyst & for the fans of the band.

CATHARCYST are definitely back with a purpose and meaning. There's still a hell of a lot more to come from this hellacious metal act. After years of trials and tribulations (1997-Present), the band now holds the title of "Sudbury's Longest - Lasting Metal Band", and they intend to keep it. They are proud to be a part of the Canadian Metal Scene, and very proud to be a metal band from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.


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