Cryptopsy
The Unspoken King


1.5
very poor

Review

by Sputnik's official false metal authority USER (28 Reviews)
January 9th, 2011 | 54 replies | 5,492 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metalcore breakdowns, clean vocals, keyboards... What the hell happened to Cryptopsy?

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Replacing a long time revered vocalist isn't simple. It's even harder if this vocalist is widely considered one the best the genre has ever had. This happened to Matt McGachy, when he was asked to replace Lord Worm for Cryptopsy's newest release, The Unspoken King. The band had a huge reputation to live up to, especially after their last release Once Was Not, which was well received by both fans and critics. But instead of continuing down the same path of technical death metal, they decided to go do something else. They wanted to do something completely different, and that was clearly the wrong thing to do.

It's hard to say what's actually wrong with this album, because everything feels wrong, as if this is a totally different band than they were a few years ago. This is because the album doesn't sound like anything the band has done before. Sure, it sounds brutal and agressive, but that's not really saying much. It's not just the fact that Lord Worm is no longer in the band, which does affect their sound a lot, but the overall feel of this 'album'.

The vocals are really the main problem here. This is because Matt sings. Clean vocals on a Cryptopsy album! That's like Weezer trying to make a death metal record, it just doesn't work. To make matters worse, he can't even get his vocals right. Don't get me wrong, he's a pretty decent growler, but his clean vocals are just horrendous. To make the picture complete, the lyrics are just as uninspired and empty as the songs. The great Cryptopsy now sounds like a silly metalcore act, trying to be cool by boasting out a few growls now and then.

Of course, when you've got metalcore vocals, you want to have breakdowns! And this album is filled with them. Sadly, they are all pretty bad. The once so great Cryptopsy rhythmic section has been reduced to a background role, playing repetitive and uninspired riffs. The only one who's doing a decent job is the drummer Florent Mounier. He is still drumming at lightning speed, but even his performance sounds hollow and tepid after a few listens. Don't bother looking for the new keyboard player either, the few times you can actually hear her doing something on this record it's just as forgettable as the rest.

I never could imagine that the band that created the masterpiece None So Vile could release an utter disgrace to their legacy like The Unspoken King. I don't care what you would call this, whether it's deathcore or metalcore, it doesn't change the fact that this is a complete abortion of an album.

The Good:
- Matt's growls are decent
- They tried to do something different

The Bad:
- Matt's clean vocals
- Boring riffs
- The keyboard doesn't add anything
- Bad lyrics
- Doesn't sound like Cryptopsy at all



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Pyosisified
January 9th 2011



2450 Comments


OH NO U DIDNT

Tyrael
January 9th 2011



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm sorry! I was so happy with this after they kicked Lord Worm out.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2011



7314 Comments


Pretty good review. I really need to get None So Vile.

Tyrael
January 9th 2011



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks and yes None So Vile is awesome.

FadeToBlack
January 9th 2011



10913 Comments


cryptopsy have always used breakdowns.

Tyrael
January 9th 2011



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ehm, no?

eternium
January 9th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Breakdowns aren't bad but bad breakdowns are.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2011



7144 Comments


Solid review Tyraelxy; pos.

Pyosisified
January 9th 2011



2450 Comments


lol tyraelxy u dum

FadeToBlack
January 9th 2011



10913 Comments


Ehm, no?
hahahahahahahahahaha

Tyrael
January 9th 2011



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Fine, I changed the summary.

botb
January 9th 2011



9560 Comments


yeah cryptopsy have really always used breakdowns. slit ur guts man u dumb?

Tyrael
January 9th 2011



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Okay, my bad. I forgot about that for a moment.

Mordecai.
January 9th 2011



8270 Comments


so forgetful

KILL
January 9th 2011



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

worship your demons m/

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Tyrael
January 9th 2011



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Actually that song was kinda decent... kinda.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2011



18055 Comments


Breakdowns are a legitimate part of music, they're used in almost every genre you can think of.

Core bands just took the concept and decided to base entire songs around their presentation, and of course, made it into the cliche bullshit you think of today when someone says "breakdown".

I mean, the breakdown at the end of Benedictine Convulsions is the epitome of badass.

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FatChickIrl
January 9th 2011



4096 Comments


i like worship your demons

FatChickIrl
January 9th 2011



4096 Comments


nvm if u watch the video on YT i like that one part at 0:53 secs,fucking owns

Tyrael
January 9th 2011



20740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@ Hyperion, yes that kind of breakdown, as in 'core' genres I meant, but I admit my wording wasn't very good.



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