Cryptopsy
The Unspoken King


1.5
very poor

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
June 24th, 2008 | 459 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As if we needed another reason to say None So Vile is awesome.

Cryptopsy sure has changed a lot in recent years. It seems that Lord Worm has finally left the band for good, and with that, a definite new direction has arisen for the Canadian death metal outfit. The addition of new vocalist Matt McGachy and keyboardist Maggie Durand has already brought about backlash and criticism from the band’s otherwise devoted fanbase. In a recent newsletter, Cryptopsy’s drummer Flo Mounier stated that:

Quote:
"We as a band have, since the beginning, been experimenting and trying to come up with music that is fresh and new… we took an approach that gives our music a huge dynamic range and brings out its power. Brutality, diversity, complexity, emotion and musicianship define this latest work.”
…while it may not sound like anything Cryptopsy has done in the past, it’s certainly nothing new. Cryptopsy have simply played into the recent deathcore trend by adding several chugging breakdowns, clean vocals, and random/unnecessary keyboard breaks in The Unspoken King’s eleven songs.

The most obvious change that the new album has taken is the vocals, most notably the addition of clean vocals in the majority of the album. While I don’t think that Matt McGachy has a bad voice by any means, the singing just seems out of place. It just seems that Cryptopsy is trying to add them solely for the reason that they haven’t sung in the past. Well, for the most part it fails. Songs like “The Plagued” and “Resurgence of an Empire” have instances absolutely abhorrent clean vocals that should turn off almost any listener. To the band’s credit though, the clean vocals in “Leach” actually do fit very well and come across as very powerful when played behind the song’s epic chorus. McGachy does however carry a decent high-pitched scream, though his lows are indecipherable and awkward (think of old Tommy Rogers on Between the Buried and Me’s self titled debut). Luckily his high screams are utilized many times throughout The Unspoken King.

A real flaw that The Unspoken King suffers is that it simply repeats itself too many times. The new sound that Cryptopsy has attained really seems to overstay its welcome and becomes a chore about thirty minutes or so into the album. Forty-seven minutes of this type of material is really gratuitous and boring by the end. Many of the riffs start to sound same-y after a while, making many of the songs not as memorable. A good two or three songs here could have been axed and the whole world probably would have been better off.

The Unspoken King does do a few things right. For one, Éric Langlois is a really great bassist and can be heard pretty well in the mix. For example, his tapping lines in “Worship Your Demons” are really great and add a lot to the song. Throughout you can hear his very metallic bass parts being played, adding a good bottom end to the guitars. Flo Mounier’s drumming is very machine-tight and hella fast, something that Cryptopsy fans by this point have come to expect. And while many of the album’s riffs are fairly generic, I always love the guitar solos. It’s clear that both Chris Donaldson and Alex Auburn know how to shred, and you’ll hear it quite well in songs like “Leach”, “Anoint the Dead," and “Contemplate Regicide”.

The keyboards in the album are mostly unnecessary and just seem to be a novelty item to me. The only song where I find them really necessary is “Contemplate Regicide”, where Maggie Durand adds several dark melodies in the mix. And speaking of novelty items, let’s talk about the breakdowns. It’s almost comical how obvious these guys are playing to a more mainstream audience now by throwing in chug-fests and bro-downs in songs like “Silence the Tyrants”. While a well-timed breakdown (Slit Your Guts) can totally take a song to new heights, the ones in The Unspoken King are always generic. You might as well pick up a Despised Icon album while you’re at it. Oh, and the super-duper-heavy-explosion section in “Contemplate Regicide” is really hilarious.

Overall this album just disappoints. While I do enjoy a good bit of Cryptopsy’s instrumentation on here, the cons on here just outweigh the pros. The newly added vocalist comes across as awkward and out of place. They keyboards are mostly not needed and the chugging breakdowns just reek of the same, stale deathcore sound modern metal listeners have been beaten over the head with for years now. I’d probably stay away from this album. The band’s new sound just doesn’t seem to fit, and the band only really gets it right in the song “Leach”. The Unspoken King is simply a poor album by a band that I’m more than ready to give up on.



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BallsToTheWall
June 24th 2008


44785 Comments


Good review. Now I haven't listened to much Cryptopsy in my time but I can tell the difference between this and None So Vile from what i've heard. Leach reminds me of Diecast gone deathcore, not sure if that's good or not but the rest i've heard from here sucks balls.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Thor
June 24th 2008


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

...This Message Edited On 07.01.08

IAmInsect
June 24th 2008


3799 Comments


good review man, but the news it brings is so disappointing. i mean i knew the new album was going to suck but yeah

Pebster49
June 24th 2008


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Great review...i dunno what to think of this yet, haven't really fully listened to it. I do have to say it has cool album cover though, if that counts for anything.

SHOOTME
June 24th 2008


2393 Comments


I was guessing this would be bad.

Grand Ol' Review, pos.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2008


2689 Comments



Feature much?

Don't do this. It induces us to not do it.

Hawks
June 24th 2008


35838 Comments


Great review. Too bad this album blows. I downloaded it yesterday and I'm not even going to bother actually buying it. This album completely disgraces None So Vile.This Message Edited On 06.24.08

psilocybin
June 24th 2008


74 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Fuck this album and fuck what Cryptopsy have become (lol dont u meen craptopsy?!1)

Hawks
June 24th 2008


35838 Comments


Plus if they wanted to switch genres, why did they choose deathcore? The most unoriginal and generic subgenre of death metal.

SHOOTME
June 24th 2008


2393 Comments


Yeh, dey shold ave gon to generic Blackk metal, bcuz Hawks10Pec woud love it.

(moar liek w00d, lolz).

Hawks
June 24th 2008


35838 Comments


Im not saying they should play black metal buddy. First off they shouldn't have even switched genres, but since they did, they should've at least chosen a GOOD genre.

SHOOTME
June 24th 2008


2393 Comments


Man, I was just pulling your leg.

Arrakakaka
June 24th 2008


685 Comments


Should have been titled None So Scene.

ToWhatEnd
June 24th 2008


3172 Comments


Heard this sucked but that was the review from AP. So now this officially must suck.

Thor
June 24th 2008


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I mean, even Revolver gave this a 2-star rating.

And they gave Blooddrunk a 5.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 24th 2008


7926 Comments


Shitty band writes shitty album. What a shocker.

DrReg
June 25th 2008


127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listening to none so vile now. Closing eyes and pretending this doesn't exist.

taylormemer
June 25th 2008


4944 Comments


Blooddrunk a 5? Ha. Now there is a clownshoe.

Pebster49
June 25th 2008


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Ya, thats not a good example, if they gave Blooddrunk a Superb rating, then you would want to do the opposite what they said right?

Altmer
June 25th 2008


5652 Comments


I am going to stick with checking out None So Vile I guess



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