Cauterize was an alternative rock band from Canada, active from 1995 to 2007.
In 2003, Cauterize's first single Something Beautiful was released, with its only music video, was broadcast on the web site muchloud.com. Its second and third singles Choke and Killing Me were used in Nintendo's 1080 Avalanche video game and commercials, with a hidden live video within the game.
Also in 2003, Cauterize recorded its 3rd CD, So Far From Real, produced by Murray Daigle. The band toured with Evanescence, Three Days Grace, and Hoobastank. It ceased touring, but in 2005 produced an independently released second album, Paper Wings, the band having left Wind-up Records. The same year, the band's personnel was augmented with guitarist Chuck Coles (previously of Murder Culture). Coles subsequently played in heavy metal band Brown Brigade, (with ex-Sum 41 guitarist Dave Baksh), and has started a southern rock collaboration with Cauterize drummer Matt Worobec.
In 2006 Darrin Pfeiffer, Cauterize's new manager, founded record label, High 4 Records, to promote Canadian Talent; Cauterize was one of his first acts. The band re-recorded a number of tracks from Paper Wings, and new material, with Greig Nori (from the bands Treble Charger and Sum 41) ; the new album, re-released in 2007 as Disguises, with songs Closer and Minor Key Symphony as single releases, was unsuccessful in securing radio play and sales.
In 2007 a scheduled September 5 performance on MTV Live in Canada was canceled and on September 12, at a concert in Ottawa, Cauterize announced that they were breaking up after twelve years together. This was later confirmed on the band's website. They played their final show on October 19, 2007 in their hometown of Oshawa.