Cryptopsy
Ungentle Exhumation


3.5
great

Review

by Madbutcher3 USER (89 Reviews)
April 12th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Even as an early demonstration of Cryptopsy's power, Ungentle Exhumation is relentless and surprisingly polished.

Cryptopsy is these days an extremely well known band from the 90s death metal scene, with their excellent first 3 albums - including the monumental None So Vile - standing as some of the best death metal albums of that decade. Of course, since then they've experienced a notable drop in quality, reaching lows such as the dull Once Was Not and the insipid The Unspoken King, but what goes perhaps un-noticed is the band's very first EP, Ungentle Exhumation, a surprisingly polished rendition of some of the band's early material, most of which would find its way onto Blasphemy Made Flesh, but with some appearing as late as ...And Then You'll Beg. What's more, it sounds pretty awesome here.

What will perhaps surprise listeners here is actually the quality of the production compared to Blasphemy Made Flesh. Here, the guitars are much more audible, while the bass and drums are still distinguishable at all times, although the drums could use a drop in the mix as they are a bit overpowering. The increased clarity over its successor helps to bring out the positive qualities in tracks like Gravaged (A Cryptopsy) and Mutant Christ, both of which already sounded pretty good on that album but sound arguably better here, evidencing Steve Thibault's excellent riffs and Kevin Weagle's solid backing bass, while Flo powers along almost as well here as he would in future. Lord Worm's vocals are also great here, although not quite on par with future offerings, and Dave Galea does a decent lead performance, though it doesn't match Jon Levasseur's future work on the following Cryptopsy releases.

While the two tracks mentioned prior are securely placed among Cryptopy's best tracks, however, the weakness of the EP lies in the other two, Abigor and Back To The Worms. The former relentlessly heads through tremolo picked riffs and blast beats at top speed, but it's generally not very memorable as not too many of the riffs distinguish themselves; while the track is still strong and a good addition to the album, it does get somewhat outclassed by the opening and closing tracks. Back To The Worms has a lot of good tempo changes, but the riffs are uninspiring until about halfway through, making it the weakest track here; it's certainly understandable as to why it was the only track not to make onto Blasphemy Made Flesh, and why it was saved for an inferior offering.

While flawed, this is an impressive demonstration of Cryptopsy's abilities and definitely a surprisingly good demo. While it doesn't showcase all of the band's best features, it does demonstrate their crushing songs and riffs that make it among their better material, despite its comparatively primitive nature.



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FrozenVain
April 12th 2013


3019 Comments


The bass is really damn dope in this album.
Well done, pos'd. The last paragraph sums it up great.

Zyhaal
April 12th 2013


194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

back to the worms rapes here

Madbutcher3
April 12th 2013


2303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is good. I'm still not really a fan of Back To The Worms but it's not bad.

shepaintedfire
April 14th 2013


63 Comments


have never even heard this actually, will check

oltnabrick
April 12th 2015


36487 Comments


good shit

Digging: The Durutti Column - LC

carved
April 21st 2015


294 Comments


have yet to jam this one

gocsa666
August 29th 2016


316 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For a demo tape, this is daaaamn nice.

foxblood
October 8th 2017


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

overlooked tape, love this

foxblood
December 5th 2017


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

listen to this you assholes

none so vile, 1,965 votes

then just 52 for this? shows me that all those people aren't really fans and just listen to none so vile because everyone tells them to. this is as good as none so vile but shorter. the bass and vox are the bands best.

Cygnatti
December 5th 2017


32759 Comments


^but that's exactly what i do on my lizts :/

foxblood
January 28th 2018


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no one ever bumps this one:/

DarkSideOfLucca
January 28th 2018


14619 Comments


Oh I never heard this damn

foxblood
January 28th 2018


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's my fav stuff of theirs outside none so vile. it's so dirty and wonderful.

DarkSideOfLucca
January 28th 2018


14619 Comments


Goddamn that is high fucking praise - will check after shameless

foxblood
January 28th 2018


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

both of their eps are underrated. the bass, drums and vox on this are sexy as hell to me. but keep in mind i seem to like this more than most, idk why it isn't more popular

foxblood
January 28th 2018


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love u lord worm

DarkSideOfLucca
January 28th 2018


14619 Comments


Oh wait I forgot to put this on, ok just did

foxblood
January 28th 2018


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice:D

DarkSideOfLucca
January 28th 2018


14619 Comments


I'm already halfway through song 3 out of 4 lmao this EP is like 12 seconds long

foxblood
January 28th 2018


9487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah 14 min lol



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