Cipher is a Metalcore/Hardcore group that was started in Long Beach, New York in 1996. They are known throughout the hardcore underground as a highly outspoken and equally influential, politically driven interracial vegan outfit that introduced Long Island to metalcore in the mid-90's. Their first lineup included Moe Mitchell (vocals), Danny Bobis (drums), Chris Fry (guitar), and Krys Maniecki (bass).


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The band's earliest demo releases came out when the group were all High School Juniors. These releases were marked by a noticeably more metallic and progressive musical bent than their contemporaries in the Long Island Hardcore scene. Another distinct element of Cipher's sound was Moe Ciphers vocals which were expressed as rhythmic, staccato yells rather than screams which drew some comparisons to Hip hop. Cipher's music addressed socio-political activism, hardcore scene politics and identity. Later releases became progressively pointed in their political critiques and complex in their musical structure. The release of the EP "Protoculture" marks a distinct change in artistic direction for Cipher. The four song recording was the first time Cipher put together a compilation of work written for the express purpose of being released as a unit. The outcome was a treatment on race, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, spiritual indecision, and the role of the individual in changing her/his reality. Cipher has released three demos (Serial, 99 cent Demo, 2) , one EP's (Protoculture), one 6 inch EP (Burnt Halos), and one music video (for "Reaching Higher States" off the Antidote album). The band has become highly regarded in the Hardcore underground as a consistent voice of radical political dissent and musical experimentation. In 2003 the band was featured in James Spooner's cult classic documentary Afropunk. In 2005 Cipher released their first non-DIY, nationally distributed release, "Children of God's Fire." Children of God's Fire has gone on to become an emblematic record in the band's history and an influential record, seen as a needed departure from the apolitical recordings popular in mainstream heavy music. From 2005 the band has seen several line-up changes. In 2010, the band released their second major release, "The Joyous Collapse". The record is Cipher's attempt at chronicling the internal contradictions and struggles of daily life, our many overlapping identities, and the many forms of oppression we encounter in society. The band is currently on tour supporting the follow-up to Children of God's Fire, The Joyous Collapse. The 48 date DIY Summer tour from the east coast to the west coast of North America.


taken from wikipedia Cipher's politics have developed throughout the years. Cipher's early politics were not born out of a coherent ideology. Their earliest recordings include vague anti-authoritarian statements and ruminations on metaphysical themes. These records provide insights into Cipher's future political leanings but are notably unrefined in their execution. Although never explicitly a "straightedge band", all four original band members either identified as straightedge or led a drug free lifestyle, independent of straightedge culture and politics. To this day both Danny Cipher and Moe Cipher continue to lead striaghtedge / drug free lifestyles. Although not explicitly a "vegan or vegetarian band", three of the four original band members were either vegan or vegetarian. To this day Moe Cipher maintains a vegan lifestyle. In 1998 Cipher's music took on a distinctly revolutionary racial consciousness and an explicitly anti-racist bent. By 2000 Cipher's politics had become more oppositional in nature and more urgent in its push for dramatic social change. At this point, Cipher's politics had matured to a balanced challenge of race, class, and gender in contemporary society. The most noticeable shift in this period of Cipher's political development was a pronounced gender critique. This enhanced feminist critique is most noticeable on songs like "Woman," featured on Antidote. By 2005 Cipher had adopted on a "total-liberation" ethos, exposing a need for total social upheaval in order to develop a new society that respected the autonomy of all living beings, human and animal as well as the Earth's environment. Cipher's political message promotes animal liberation although not all the current members of Cipher are vegan. This represents a continuation of the politics Cipher had in its inception when most members were vegan or vegetarian. Additionally, their understanding of a revolutionary future would not necessitate all humanity to align under ridged guidelines of behavior. Cipher suggests a path to total liberation in stages. An initial stage would require organizing with people where ever they are in their political consciousness. Such a posture relies on points of commonality and solidarity rather than points of difference.


  • Moe Mitchell
  • Danny Bobis
  • Dan Bianco
  • Zach Barnett
  • Kevin Falco

Former MembersEdit

  • Edward Lally
  • Jay Cordella
  • Chris Fry
  • Mike Signa
  • Krys Maniecki
  • Mark Dollar
  • Ben Yazak


Studio AlbumsEdit

EPs & DemosEdit

Music VideosEdit

Compilation ApperancesEdit

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