Cryptopsy
Blasphemy Made Flesh


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bartender EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 387 replies | 25,817 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


Released 1994 on Invasion Records

Lord Worm - vocals
Jon Levasseur - guitar
Steve Thibault - guitar
Martin Fercuson - bass
Flo Mournier - drums

Blasphemy Made Flesh is Cryptopsy's debut full-length. It precedes 1996's classic None So Vile and unsurprisingly, as you would probably expect if you've heard NSV, doesn't surpass it. Not to say it's not a good album - I still love it, and all the elements which made None So Vile a classic are here, they're just less refined.

Still, at first it's difficult to put a finger on why exactly this is (apart from the obvious production differences, which I'll come to later); it's still an excellent album, raw and brutal. Lord Worm's vocals are already just too good; his vocals though, incredible though they are, are lacking the extreme low-end that they have on None So Vile, and so lose some of that value they had as another rhythmic instrument in the band. He also doesn't seem so controlled, or focused (although admittedly, this sometimes just enhances the chaotic feel). This lack of control also extends somewhat to Flo Mournier. Now, it's pretty much fact that Flo is a monster, and even at this early point his near inhuman speed is on display. However, there is a little lack of control - his blast beats, for example, while fast, often seem to lose coherency if he carries them on for a while. These are just minor quibbles though, both men are still excellent features of the band though, and there's little to criticise about the performance of the guitarists and bassist - the riffing is still fast and frantically switching, and creating their wall-of-sound effect, and the solo leads are still fast, high-pitched and suitably impressive.

The first real criticism is the lack of variety. On None So Vile, as on many really great albums (of any genre) as well as feeling like a complete album, each track had identity. Crown of Horns had its higher technical level than most of the rest of the album and even more excellent drum-work, Phobophile with it's schizophrenic intro, and Orgiastic Disembowelment's ultra-cool, bass-induced death metal breakdowns. Basically, you can listen to a song from that album and identify it fairly easily. Here, it's not so simple. The tracks are of a mostly very high quality, but few stick out from the rest. In fact, apart from the obvious Open Face Surgery, I would venture to say that only Serial Messiah really stands out. Not to say that every track on an album must be markedly different, but here it strikes me as being Open Face Surgery, Serial Messiah and The Rest.

The other highlighted problem is the production. Mincing no words, it's poor. A low-quality production isn't necessarily a bad thing, it can enhance the appeal of many extreme metal acts, and indeed bands like Darkthrone seem to make a living off of recording in a forest, with an answering machine. Cryptopsy however are far better suited to a higher level of production. Their style of guitar playing is generally to play numerous complex riffs, switching from one to the other very quickly; this, backed by Flo's seemingly uncontrolled drumming, gives them an unpredictable, organic feel - often (moreso on their second album than here) they'll go from brutal, thrashing riffs to slow, sludgey power chords, and back again, for no other reason than to show they can (and for the cool factor it evokes in people like me). This change from fast to slow, or vice versa, is often accompanied by the bass becoming momentarily more prominent. Unfortunately, here, the guitars are disturbingly low in the mix, which means that often the bass overpowers them anyway. The drum sound as well is far too hollow, and doesn't do justice to the skill of the musician. All in all, it gives the impression that the band recorded just a few feet further from the mics than they should have.

Still, once you get inside the production (i.e. if you listen to just Blasphemy Made Flesh for a while), it's still a damn fine album. Tight musicianship and songwriting, including an awesome drummer, an absolute maniac on vocals, a generally uncompromisingly brutal approach, and, if you care to read the booklet, excellent lyrics. Lord Worm being the master of the English language that he is (literally; he's an English teacher/lecturer), his lyrics are always a treat. They're never anything less than disturbing, if you're not already into this kind of thing, but they're poetic, and often incredibly funny (ask, if you really want examples). Overall, a fine metal album in general, and pretty much mandatory for fans of brutal death metal.

Recommended track:
Without a doubt, Open Face Surgery; a great song in every respect, from the sample at the beginning, through top-class instrumental work (which seems to be engraved in my mind), and with one of the best death metal vocal performances of all time, including that scream.

4.1/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Bartender
Emeritus
September 6th 2004



826 Comments


If you're thinking of buying it, by the way, try and get it with the original cover (shown in the review), because the Century Media re-release artwork
[img]http://www.metalprovider.com/lunarhypnosis/blasphemymade.jpg[/img]
is crap.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 6th 2004



106 Comments


Nice review, the scream owns.

cbmartinez
September 6th 2004



2525 Comments


I know nothing about metal, but that doesn't take away from the review. Great review as always.

Iai
Emeritus
September 6th 2004



3553 Comments


There's nothing wrong with the Century Media artwork.

*is a Century Media street teamer*

Distorted Vision
September 6th 2004



184 Comments


Great review mate, good that you didn't have to go track-by-track.

To be honest, I can't listen to Cryptopsy for long periods of time so None So Vile keeps me more than satisfied, but some songs from this are good.

superpeer
September 6th 2004



257 Comments


Great review. I especially liked your darkthrone production description. :lol:

I've only heard Open face Surgery, which is a great track and this might be another appropriate moment to pimp my attempt at that scream. http://mhatma.com/jelle/lordjelle.mp3

(a).

Per Ardua Ad Astra
September 6th 2004



106 Comments


Lord Jelle m/
:-*

superpeer
September 6th 2004



257 Comments


[QUOTE=Per Ardua Ad Astra]Lord Jelle m/
:-*[/QUOTE]

:lol:

:cool: I'm so metal it hurts.

Bartender
Emeritus
September 6th 2004



826 Comments


A quick m/ for Lord Jelle.

[QUOTE=Iai]There's nothing wrong with the Century Media artwork.

*is a Century Media street teamer*[/QUOTE]

Crap in comparison, I meant

manuscriptreplica
September 7th 2004



431 Comments


The scream owns all. Good work Batender, and pimps out to Superpeer for a good scream. I like this better than NSV, I don't know why.

4.5/5

All these metal reviews want to make me finish my De Mysterris review (which has been pending for weeks)

m/

LordDargon
September 10th 2004



165 Comments


I like Lord Worms vocals better here than on NsV. Ridiculous album anyways, totally over-the-top death metal. 4.5/5

manuscriptreplica
September 10th 2004



431 Comments


[QUOTE=LordDargon] totally over-the-top death metal. 4.5/5[/QUOTE]

The way it should be. Death Metal is the only genre where you can be pretentious and get away with it.

Toozey
September 10th 2004



77 Comments


Defenestration m/////////////

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 24th 2004



2125 Comments


m/

Nice review Bartender.

m/ Lord Jelle

iliketoplaydrums10111
May 10th 2005



128 Comments


Nothing can beat NSV considering Cryptopsy albums, one of the best DM albums next to Niles In Their Darkest Shrined or somthing like that.

Good album, good review

FillInTheBlankHere___
May 23rd 2005



64 Comments


I managed to luck out and find a copy with the original artwork cheap used... and skip-free, which is unusual for the store I purchased it from.

It's a great album when I'm in the mood for death metal, though normally just a few tracks will fill my craving, as it does get very 'samey' after a while. Excellent review, by the way. I completely agree with your comments about the production.

For some blasphemous reason, I don't own None So Vile yet, especially since I'm a Canadian that lives about 2 hours from Montreal. :-

Arrakakaka
October 23rd 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm having trouble getting into it. Wormies' vocals are different from on None So Vile. His growls and grunts around the album sound like "WHAT!?". But he can screech like a banshee on crack.

It'll take time, but I'll get into it.

Shadows
Moderator
October 23rd 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I like this as much as None So Vile. Everything seems as brutal usual, but the production leaves something to the imagination.

Arrakakaka
October 23rd 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"WHAT WHAT WHAT!??!?!?"

Thats what old Wormo sounds like. He makes me laugh.This Message Edited On 10.23.05

ocelot-05
October 23rd 2005



807 Comments


In my opinion, brutal death metal, like Cryptopsy and Cannibal Corpse, is the most pathetic kind of the music there is. The blast double-bass beats are so uncreative, and the vocals just make me crack up. Growling can be good, like with Opeth or Amon Amarth, but this just sounds ridiculous. Brutal death metal isn't expressive of emotion or lyrical talent. The lyrics are only disgusting for the sake of it.



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