Cryptopsy
None So Vile


5.0
classic

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by ExuberantGuitarist USER (1 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2010 | 59 replies | 6,128 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The pinnacle album of Cryptopsy and all of technical death metal, an essential listen and addition to any collection.

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Cryptopsy's None So Vile

Back in the mid ninety's a lot of bands began to take a technical approach. Some notable and memorable albums from this era are the legendary Suffocation's Pierced From Within and universally-loved Death's Human. Another is Cryptopsy's None So Vile.

In the 31 minutes that this album spans contains some of the most proficient guitar work, fastest drumming, killer bass lines, and inhuman vocals ever recorded in the genre of technical death metal. While a lot of bands display impressive skill for their specific instrument, this band manages to create excellent musicianship while maintaining these impressive skills. Everything from the guitars to the vocals compliment each other and help create the intense and unique atmosphere within every song.

A notable thing that this album accomplishes is individuality. Most albums suffer from having recycled riffs, over-used blast-beats, and unimaginative vocals. This album does the opposite. Every song has its own unique sound and tempo and is instantly recognizable. While every song has a similar atmosphere, each one has a different mood and feel to it. Some tracks such as 'Graves of the Fathers' has an extremely rapid approach with intense breakdowns. Others such as 'Phobophile' has a haunting feel. Some tracks also have included additional instruments to help create these moods such as the previously mentioned.

As mentioned above, the musicianship displayed on this album is highly impressive, even to today's standards. Jon Levasseu, the lead and rhythm guitarist for this album, displays complex riffs and solos that are difficult to pull-off. So if you're a shredder or looking for several songs to cover or practice to, this would be a good choice. Eric Langlois is an exceptional bassist. There are times that the bass is inaudible, but for the most part it is. When it is, it's a very unique line that compliments the guitar and helps with the overall sound at that particular moment. Flo Mounier remains to be one of the best drummers in the genre. While his drumming is fast and ferocious, it also has a good sense of rhythm and really sets the brutality. Most drummers tend to over-use blast-beats as fills, but Flo uses a variety of fills in the entire album. Last but certainly not least is the infamous Lord Worm. A creative and skilled vocalist is important to help make a band stand-out. Although impossible to decipher, the pitches and sounds Worm can manipulate with his voice is nothing short of amazing. To the extremely guttural growls in 'Crown of Horns' and very lengthy shriek in 'Benedictine Convulsions', Lord Worm is quite possibly the best vocalist in the genre. His talented ability is what really makes this album and band stand out from the rest.

While improving on the formula and surpassing it's predecessor "Blasphemy Made Flesh", None So Vile is nothing short of amazing and stands with many legendary albums from the era. It's quite simply the pinnacle album of Cryptopsy and all of technical death metal, an essential listen and addition to any collection.


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Phrike
April 3rd 2010



1691 Comments


Awesome

HenchmanOfSanta
April 3rd 2010



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Needs more Slit Your Guts mentioning. Everything in that song from the bass solo on is some of the best stuff in death metal.

KILL
April 3rd 2010



70543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea slit your guts is so awesome

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Phrike
April 3rd 2010



1691 Comments


Everything on here is awesome

KILL
April 3rd 2010



70543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

phobophile is fun to play

LepreCon
April 3rd 2010



3562 Comments


Ruh Ruh Ruh

Piglet
April 3rd 2010



4651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Suddenly wondered what Lord was actually saying; Crown of Horns... *giggles like a conspiratorial school girl*

Hawks
April 3rd 2010



34344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good first review. Album fucking slays obviously.

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bloozclooz
April 3rd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck yes. can't really decide between this and whisper supremacy, but NSV slays either way

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2010



7018 Comments


Pinnacle of death metal

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Wizard
April 3rd 2010



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yet another 5/5 review. Whisper Supremacy ftw by 10000 miles.

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Phrike
April 3rd 2010



1691 Comments


Yet another 5/5 review. Whisper Supremacy ftw by 10000 miles.


You couldn't be more wrong

combustion07
April 3rd 2010



5334 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BMF >>>>>>>>>>>>>> NSV> WS > OWN > ATYB

Wizard
April 3rd 2010



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm always wrong on this site but at least I can think for myself ; ). I wish I could gurgle as well as Lord Worm can.

Yazz_Flute
April 3rd 2010



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I swear Lord Word says "scrotum" at 3:10 in Crown of Horns, right before the final breakdown.

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Wizard
April 3rd 2010



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't stand him on this.

Poet
April 3rd 2010



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like Phobophile....and that's about it.

bloozclooz
April 3rd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

whisper supremacy has more depth to it, but NSV is more of a pleaser as a whole.

as for lord worm, he wants to "take comfort in the warmth of your anus".

Yazz_Flute
April 3rd 2010



18764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The lyrics are quite good with all honesty.

bloozclooz
April 3rd 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

the vocals are good, the lyrics are mindless. WS wins out again

edit: ruh ruh ruh ruh ruh, yeeeeeeeaaaaaarrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhh



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