Cryptopsy
Cryptopsy


4.0
excellent

Review

by trainofconsequence USER (14 Reviews)
March 14th, 2014 | 23 replies | 708 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A masterful return from a band seamingly in a dire position

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Hailing from Canada, death metal act Cryptopsy rose to fame through the release of a string of technically outstanding albums. Following their first three efforts, the band's albums suffered a massive dive in quality. Until 2012, and the release of their eagerly anticipated self-titled effort, which promised a return to the visceral style of their earliest outings.

Cryptopsy is a 35-minute tangle of schizophrenic tempo changes and outstanding instrumentation. Two-Pound Torch showcases masterful guitar riffs and excellent bass work in a gruelling opener. Fans of the band will be happy to note that the insipid deathcore elements of predecessor The Unspoken King have been retracted from the musical cacophony.

This album stylistically falls somewhere between the all-encompassing madness of None So Vile and the more complex compositions of Whisper Supremacy. Ominous utilizes some glorious power-chord riffing and Flo Mounier's signature violent drumming to scalp the listener, whilst Red Skinned Scapegoat is maze of different riffs that tear through the audience like a knife through butter.

The one minor negative on this release is the lack of vocal variety. Whilst Matt McGachy sounds far more suited to the guttural grunts here than the high shrieks of his Cryptopsy debut, he sounds very monotonous. Despite this, he rips through lyric upon lyric in a cascade of insanity throughout this album.

Cryptopsy's eponymous album is a fantastic return to the frantic assault on the senses that their earliest works embodied. This is a cracking effort that marks a huge step forward for a band previously on a slippery slope.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
trainofconsequence
March 14th 2014



1433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review in ages, not a great one but i need to get back into it

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2014



14027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Skele livez

Reviewing albums you've reviewed before, never change < 3

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BigPleb
March 14th 2014



35905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, you sure flip flopped on this one jac.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2014



14027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed I had this at a 4 at one point what was I thinking?

BigPleb
March 14th 2014



35905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ye same! Lost its replay value, though.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2014



14027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hadn't jammed it in like 8 months at one point and thought, "huh, wonder why" and jammed it and no longer wondered why rip cryptopsy.

BigPleb
March 14th 2014



35905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The vocals are the main problem, just become so grating over a while.

trainofconsequence
March 14th 2014



1433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol jac neck this rulez my chode hard

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2014



14027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Always maintained the vox were just non-descript ~ehh~ material and never really bothered me (which could be taken as a negative considering Worm's presence on previous albums), but the production is what kills this mostly. Just a blur.

Gonna be posting a bit more skele?

trainofconsequence
March 14th 2014



1433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah jac i was in prison for 4 months so wasnt able to

MO
March 14th 2014



18507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good album

EJinHD
March 14th 2014



89 Comments


rip cryptopsy[2]

Heard 2 songs from this and knew I wouldn't like it. Those vocals are so obnoxious too

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TheRubberbandMan
March 14th 2014



151 Comments


zZZ

emester
March 14th 2014



2794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cryptopsy is really missing something without Lord Worm

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
March 14th 2014



20782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah jac i was in prison for 4 months so wasnt able to


the fuck man. whatd you do? if you mind me asking

good review btw, album rips

FrozenVain
March 14th 2014



2405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

still not none so vile

trainofconsequence
March 14th 2014



1433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

harrasment mate, my ex was 14 and we split cuz someone asked her for nude pics so i smackef him, and then me and her argued. we are back togetrr now tho

wacknizzle
March 14th 2014



12962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet album

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Ending
March 14th 2014



1893 Comments


Wow I didn't even know that this existed.

SlMBOLlC
March 14th 2014



4974 Comments


"lol jac neck this rulez my chode hard"

Yeah skele's back





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