Cryptopsy
Whisper Supremacy


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
August 7th, 2005 | 89 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


After releasing the classic death metal album, None So Vile, Lord Worm left Cryptopsy, leaving a two year gap before their next album. Cryptopsy changed their sound with Whisper Supremacy, bringing in new vocalist Mike DiSalvo.

Cryptopsy
Mike DiSalvo - Vocals
Jon Levasseur - Lead/Rhythm Guitars
Miguel Roy - Rhythm/Lead Guitars
Eric Langlois - Bass
Flo Mournier - Drums and Backing Vocals
Lord Worm - Backing Vocals on "Loathe" and "Cold Hate, Warm Blood"

Although Cryptopsy were always technical, Whisper Supremacy is generally seen as the beginning of their technical era. With the departure of Lord Worm, the band started to head in a different direction. The production, for starters was a change. The production of the previous two albums had been getting progressively thicker, but Whisper Supremacy had the thickest yet, so thick that it was almost muddy. The music here is much less riff based with Flo Mournier's drumming generally dominating the mix. The mix is almost solely drums and vocals with the rest of the music blending into the background. That said, when you do listen to the riffs carefully, they are as great as ever and some of the best Cryptopsy riffs ever are belted out on this cd. In many areas, Cryptopsy are as great as ever on Whisper Supremacy. However, there are a few problems which hold it back from being as great as it's predecessor.

The real issue with Whisper Supremacy is Mike DiSalvo. It's not that he's a bad vocalist by any means. It's just that he's not a very good death metal vocalist. Were he in a Hardcore or Metalcore band, he would fit right in. However, on a Cryptopsy album, it just doesn't really work. The lyrics of Whisper Supremacy are pretty much standard death metal fare, though Lord Worm does lend a hand for the tracks "White Worms" and "Cold Hate, Warm Blood". Though he left to pursue his teaching career, it's clear that Lord Worm doesn't exactly want to be gone forever. As well as writing lyrics, he throws in some backing vocals for "Loathe" and "Cold Hate, Warm Blood". Flo Mournier's drumming is as technical as ever and faster than seems humanly possible. Songs like "Emaciate" are both incredibly brutal, while being incredibly intricate. Jon's guitar solos are a real highlight and while they seem pretty standard, they are executed to absolute perfection. An underrated part of Cryptopsy has always been the bass work. Underneath it all, Eric does some really crazy bass work, throwing in slapping here and there to great effect. While slapping generally gives a funk feel, Eric's slapping sounds more like the smacking an instrument on a concrete floor. All in all, Whisper Supremacy had the potential to exceed even None So Vile. However, with Mike DiSalvio on vocals, that goal is not possible until Lord Worm returns.

Pros
Cool production
Insane drumming
Technical and well thought out

Cons
The vocals
A bit hard to hear everything
Typical death metal length (31 minutes) may be offputting

Reccomended Tracks
Emaciate
Cold Hate, Warm Blood
White Worms



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Comments:Add a Comment 
circleofdeadchildren
August 7th 2005


119 Comments


Nice Review,Ya they actually come from Mtl and I use to live 2 Blocks away from Eric's moms houseThis Message Edited On 08.07.05

Shadows
Moderator
August 7th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice work. I only know None So Vile and some new stuff, but this always sounded appealing. I'd like to hear and and I commend you on your brutal slashery.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 7th 2005


2125 Comments


Basically this is just as good but has dodge vocals.

Toaster
November 23rd 2005


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man, this is amazing! I love it totally. You're right about the vocals, they aren't bad, just not death metal. The band is their tightest (rhythmically) on this album, I think.

IvortheEngineDriver
February 8th 2006


164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking insane album!!! Flo is out of this world when it comes to drummers!!!

Poofy 666
February 28th 2006


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought the vocals were gonna be terrible, but they weren't that bad. I still prefer Lord Worm though.

GuitaristPaul
March 5th 2006


51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

/m-_-/m

Dancin' Man
March 5th 2006


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best Cryptopsy album. I really dislike Lord Worm's vocals so thatw as a plus and the production is best on this album. I also like the songwriting the best. It is the most imaginative album and the best written songwise.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 5th 2006


2125 Comments


I put this on the other day when I was pissed off and I agree. The vocals are better than I thought and musically it's super badass.

Werny
July 6th 2006


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Even though I'm a drummer, I like Eric's work more than Flo's! The man is worshipped and it's easy to see why.

Mike's vocals are awesome on this, produced very well.

I am liking. Not as good as the whirlwind technicality of And Then You'll Beg, but awesome nonetheless.

LifeInABox
November 8th 2006


3709 Comments


serpent's coil is where its at

antihippy
March 19th 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is lord worm a teacher!?

wow.

FR33L0RD
May 8th 2007


1466 Comments


Good musicianship,
amazing riffs
I need to re-dig this album.


LifeInABox
May 22nd 2007


3709 Comments


Flo is just flat out amazing on this.This Message Edited On 09.08.07

FR33L0RD
August 13th 2007


1466 Comments


I need to listen to "None So Vile" album & re-listening to this one and then re-rating it

"None So Vile" is supposed to be their best work?

LifeInABox
September 8th 2007


3709 Comments


Yes, fool. Get it now!

JizzInMyPants
September 21st 2009


2397 Comments


i must say i like none so vile...but I LOVE!!! this album... but i wish the vocalist was more...death metal....but anyways this album > NSV

Unskathed123
November 2nd 2009


368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His vocals remind me of Aborted, which is a good thing to me.
This is an awesome CD. Easily on par with None So Vile.

Wizard
November 22nd 2009


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Found this to be a bit better that None So Vile. Production and the focus on a more coherent sound aside, the fact this doesn't have Lord Worm on it makes it easier to listen to.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2009


17231 Comments


blasphemes



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