Label: Century Media
Release Date: September 14, 2012
Death Metal is not for everyone. When I tell people, I love death metal I usually get a couple of different responses. Most people usually don’t really know what it is. To an outsider anything harder than hair metal gets considered death metal. The people familiar with death metal often explain to me that they do not like it. The complaint I often hear is with the vocals. They don’t like the unintelligible “cookie monster“ singing most death metal vocalists use. But on rare occasions I do find fellow death metal fans. Often the very things that turn most people off to death metal are the things that appeal to me. So long story short, if you don’t like death metal, Cryptopsy’s new self-titled album is not going to appeal to you.
Like many bands, Cryptopsy’s line up has had numerous line-up changes. The band was originally formed in 1988 by drummer Mike Atkin, vocalist Lord Worm and guitarist Steve Thibault. Fast forward to 2012, none of the original members remain in the band. The two longest standing members are Flo Mounier on drums and Jon Levasseur on guitar. The rest of Cryptopsy is comprised of Christian Donaldson on guitars, vocalist Matt McGachy and new bassist Olivier Pinard. Their music is characterized by technical complexity and devastating brutality and this album is a prime example of that.
After detouring into deathcore with their previous album The Unspoken King, band return to their death metal roots on Cryptopsy. The album pulls no punches and lets the beating begin with the opening track “Two Pound Torch.” But the Cryptopsy doesn’t just pummel you with complex guitar riffs, punishing rhythms and gurgled vocals. On the album’s third track, “Red Skinned Scapegoat,” Cryptopsy meanders into jazzy interludes. My chief complaint is the variation in song writing. That may seem like an odd complaint about a death metal album, but some of the middle songs tend to run together. Tempos are maintained at a breakneck pace and are only rarely broken up by the odd jazz infused interlude here and there. That said, this is a good starting point for someone looking to get into the long time death metal band. The line-up for this album is extremely strong and shows a lot of promise of what it is capable. Montreal’s Cryptopsy has reestablished themselves as a force to be reckoned.
Stand out Tracks:
“Two Pound Torch”
“Damned Draft Dodgers”