The Past, the Present and the Future
Originally formed under a different name during the mid 1990's, Cephalectomy went through several line up and style changes before finally coming together in 1998 as a solid project. Drawing from a variety of extreme styles, including death metal, black metal and grind, the band released their first demo, entitled Gateway to the Gods, in 1997. At this time, the band's line up consisted of vocalist/guitarist Corey Andrews, bassist Jason Nichols, and drummer Clayton Horne.
Horne was soon afterward removed from Cephalectomy due to lack of interest and evil spirit, but the "Gateway" demo generated enough interested to motivate the band to carry on. After an unsucessful attempt to add a new drummer into the mix, they finally decided on becoming a two man project and in 1998 self produced their second demo, "Dark Waters Rise". Dark Waters Rise, although suffering from weak production, turned out to be a vast improvement over the previous demo, and met with a fair amount of enthusiasm from listeners. Injected with mystical/Lovecraft inspired themes, Cephalectomy's unique style, eventually refered to by some as "Mystigrind" - resulted in their signing to Discorporate Music in 1999. On 2000's Sign of Chaos, Cephalectomy's first full length recording for Discorporate, the band continued onward in their persuit of chaos, brutality and necronomic melody.
Four years would pass before Cephalectomy would release their sophomore album Eclipsing The Dawn. The album proved to be above anything the band had produced to date, earning both critical praise and an international audience. A gore-themed split cd with the band "Bound In Human Flesh" followed one year later.
In 2008 Cephalectomy unleashed yet another release, an ambitious, single-track EP entitled The Dream Cycle Mythos. A release the band felt was fresh, true to their style, and exhibited their best work to date. With this release also came bassist Scott Armstrong, someone the band felt could really add to the mix and make the Cephalectomy experience that much more intense .
In 2009, Cephalectomy released their 3rd Full Length effort An Epitaph To Tranquility, an album the band feels is a bit "different" from their previous releases but still shares the same Cephalectomy qualities that fans would expect. This release brought an additional vocalist, Peter Mestre, who joined the band after doing guest vocals on their previous release, The Dream Cycle Mythos. However, Peter relocated shortly after the release therefore leaving him unable to contribute to any future Cephalectomy recordings.
Now in 2012, Cephalectomy is working on their final release.