Cryptopsy
Blasphemy Made Flesh


4.5
superb

Review

by Sputnik's official false metal authority USER (28 Reviews)
January 17th, 2011 | 65 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!

For those of you who have not yet experienced the pleasure of getting their ear drums molested by Lord Worm's famous screams on 'Open Face Surgery', you're missing something. Lord Worm is considered to be one of the best death metal vocalists to have ever roamed the face of the earth, and that is not an exaggeration as he proves on Blasphemy Made Flesh, Cryptopsy's debut album.

Let me get this out of the way first: Blasphemy Made Flesh is not None So Vile. Its sound is completely different, but you can surely sense that it is None So Vile's predecessor. Despite this, chances are that if you like None So Vile you might not like this album, because it sounds even more raw and unpolished, and the production is completely different.

As I said before, Lord Worm is growling at the top of his game here. Although he would never again boast out a scream as magnificent as those on 'Open Face Surgery', they do display this man's amazing vocal capabilities. Aside from is earthshattering screams, Lord Worm is of course primarily known for his insane growls. Never has there been a death metal vocalist with such animalistic sounding, masterfully created primal vocal sounds. Lord Worm's massive vocal skills surely help to make Cryptopsy stand out from the death metal crowd. Those of you who have heard None So Vile might be surprised with Lord Worm's growls, as he never goes as low here as he does on that album. This is not a bad thing however, as that would not really fit in with the more unpolished style of this album. Lord Worm's vocals do have a small negative side-effect: you can't possibly understand anything he says. Of course, this is death metal, so understanding the lyrics really isn't really that important, you might think. But this is a shame because his lyrics are something you will want to hear. They do cover topics familiar to the death metal genre, but Lord Worm manages to give them a delightful twist, as if he were to make a sort of poem out of them.

I just want to hold your pretty hand
The rest of you can be dissolved in acid
I just want to hold your pretty hand


Of course, even the best vocalist of the genre still needs a great band to back him up. Luckily, the other members of Cryptopsy aren't sitting still. Ever. Flo Mounier, well known for his drumming at inhumane speed, is doing an excellent job here, not only displaying his lightning speed drumming skills, but by actually giving the songs another level of depth. This is because his drumming isn't just fast, it actually contributes to the technical feel Cryptopsy is trying to create here. Oh and his snare drum is amazing, you have to hear the album to believe it. Another band member who is doing an excellent job here is the bassist Martin Fergusson, who is actually playing a more prominent role in the songs than the guitarists, because of production problems. He adapts to his leading role with a certain kind of grace that I have yet to see in other bass players.

Normally, the guitars should play the most important role here, but they do not. That is entirely the fault of the lackluster production. The guitars are very low in the mix, which makes them sound a lot less powerful than they actually are. This is a shame because the guitarists are actually very skilled, and their riffs are nothing less than fantastic, as they prove on the standout track 'Serial Messiah'. To be fair, it does give the bassist and the drummer the chance to shine, but it really doesn't sound very realistic in the end, and as such the production can surely be considered to be the album's weakest link. Something else worth noting here is that there is not an awful lot of variety present on this album, which does not bring down the quality of the music, but it may put off some listeners who are not used to death metal.

Blasphemy Made Flesh is a worthy predecessor of None So Vile, with its raw and unpolished nature, realised by Lord Worm's fantastic vocal performance and an amazingly skilled band. The production brings the album down a notch, but it can't keep Blasphemy Made Flesh from being nothing less than an absolute must have for any technical death metal fan.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


I was struggling to give this a 5, so I went with 4,5.

ZippaThaRippa
January 17th 2011


2443 Comments


icky review

dr2den
January 17th 2011


1342 Comments


cuz production is everything

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


of course not, but it has a big impact on the sound on this album.

Crisis
January 17th 2011


169 Comments


Album is ridiculously good. I don't really have any gripes against the production.

vanderb0b
January 17th 2011


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Starting to prefer this to None So Vile. Like Crisis said, production is just fine.

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


Well, I that is just one issue I have with this, it doesn't stop it from being a fantastic album.

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


Nice album art.

Totally, sadly they changed it when they released the reissue of the album to this:
http://tiny.cc/vkwig

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


icky review

Could you elaborate on why you feel that way?

Bitchfork
January 17th 2011


7584 Comments


Some of the slower almost breakdown-ish sections on this kill it for me.

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


Some of the slower almost breakdown-ish sections on this kill it for me.
I felt the same way at first, but it grew on me eventually.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10666 Comments


You've really been improving Ty ( rael, elx, rae? Idk what to shorten your name to...) this was a nice read indeed...

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

Bitchfork
January 17th 2011


7584 Comments


xyxy

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


You've really been improving Ty ( rael, elx, rae? Idk what to shorten your name to...) this was
a nice read indeed...

Really? I was like damn this is way too long... I gotta learn how to be concise haha. This was really
hard for me to write this. I feel pretty limited because of my not too great knowledge of the english
language, and I wanted this review to be my best yet (obviously).
xyxy

Epic!

Pyosisified
January 17th 2011


2450 Comments


is this similar to immolation?

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


In terms of musical style, I would say yes.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 17th 2011


10666 Comments


Bilingualism is like, the most impressive thing to me. What is your first language?

Bitchfork
January 17th 2011


7584 Comments


I find it easy to write in different languages, it's the speaking part where I can see getting tripped up.

Tyrael
January 17th 2011


20976 Comments


First language: Dutch
Second language: French
Third language: German
Fourth language: English
Mind me that my french is really rusty cause I haven't used it in like two years.

Pyosisified
January 17th 2011


2450 Comments


DUDE



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