Cryptopsy
As Gomorrah Burns


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
September 6th, 2023 | 247 replies


Release Date: 09/08/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I am the old and the new; the chameleon flame that will burn you eternally.

It's hard to live in someone else’s shadow, whether it's a famous relative whose glow seems to outshine everything you do or someone in your class/job who, deservedly or not, always seems to be one step ahead, keeping you out of the limelight and relegating you to the sidelines. In the case of Canadian extreme metallers Cryptopsy, that shadow doesn't come from any close relatives or outside competition, but from within, specifically from the band's 1996 magnum opus None So Vile, whose massive impact on the genre and fanbase would condition Cryptopsy's entire career, overshadowing later works such as Whisper Supremacy, ...And Then You'll Beg or 2012's self-titled album, which deserved greater recognition. Living in the shadow of a successful endeavor is nothing new; on the contrary, it's quite common in the music industry. However, there are only a few cases where it is so apparent as with these lads, who have never fully escaped the None So Vile curse, at least in the eyes of the more conservative segment of the fanbase that keeps yearning for Lord Worm’s (second) return and for some kind of None So Vile Part II (I'm still doing that rather well... don't you think?) that might satiate their nostalgia. I, on the other hand, belong to those who have embraced the band's many stages, especially the Mike DiSalvo-era and the last post-The Unspoken King incarnation with Matt McGachy, which shaped Cryptopsy's new modern sound. Both 2012's self-titled full-length and the two EPs that followed showcased an artistic desire to move forward and be contemporary, without neglecting the roots that catapulted the collective to the top of the food chain. A musical direction that has remained essentially unchanged in Cryptopsy's new chapter, As Gomorrah Burns.

Inspired by the band's early name, Gomorra, and the conceptual parallel between the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah and the birth of the Internet, As Gomorrah Burns orbits stories related to the dark side of the modern-day web, such as self-isolation, online bullying, false accusations, or proliferation of religious cults. Occurrences which in Matt McGachy's eyes mirror the decline of humanity as we know it. A contemporary narrative of religious symbolism that fits into a musical direction that somehow gives continuity to The Book of Suffering (Tome I & II), namely in building bridges between the present and the past, while honoring the band's legacy. Similarities that, nevertheless, don’t overshadow As Gomorrah Burns' very own identity, which displays a catchier and groovier character than prior releases, making it more accessible. The increased repetition of sections, be they riffs, verses or choruses, also lends greater orthodoxy to the songs, thus eschewing the more chaotic structures of the Mike DiSalvo-era without jeopardizing the collective's identity or venturing into uncharacteristic, far-flung territory a la The Unspoken King. The choruses of the slow-paced 'Ill Ender' and 'Frayed the Swine', as well as the groovy sections of the former and 'Praise the Filth,' are among the finest examples of this catchier approach, as is the mellower segment of the massive 'Lascivious Undivine', which together with 'Ill Ender' is among my personal highlights. The contrasts between these more colorful tones and the softer blackened post-metal(ish) textures present in tracks like 'Obeisant' and 'Praise the Filth', and how they interact with Cryptopsy's trademark chaotic blast beats, form As Gomorrah Burns’ sonic core. A dynamic stylistic foundation underpinned by Christian Donaldson's inspired creative vision and the synergy of a cohesive and technically immaculate collective.

Much like the wrath of yesterday's gods, As Gomorrah Burns is the flame from above that comes to consume us all, whether we are believers or not, as it encapsulates the present and the past in a chameleon form that has never been so accessible and deceptively sexy. An inspired contemporary offering that is not only the very best of the Matt McGachy-era, but also one of the finest albums the Canadian collective has ever released.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The best of the Matt McGachy-era, in my opinion.

As Gomorrah Burns is out this Friday.

Spec
September 6th 2023


39358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh baby. Guess I gotta check this out.

Hawks
September 6th 2023


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dug the single ahrd. Can't wait to jam this. m///

Spec
September 6th 2023


39358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Flayed the Swine brought the grind ahrd. In the best way possible.

Hawks
September 6th 2023


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah definitely the highest expectations for this band that I've had in almost 2 decades tbh.

Wizard
September 6th 2023


20508 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Prepare for disappointment! They've gone the ways of modern dm.



I respect the review, can't say anything good about this album.



And this.....



but also one of the finest albums the Canadian collective has ever released.



Hell fucking no!





SpideryMan
September 7th 2023


29 Comments


Modern dm has been great in the 2020s.

Hawks
September 7th 2023


86681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Every genre is hit or miss. That's just how it goes men.





Pikazilla
September 7th 2023


29698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I just hope this is better than s/t because that was... not good

SomeCallMeTim
September 7th 2023


4048 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

singles i heard on this are better than what was on the s/t just a smidge i thought

DarkSideOfLucca
September 7th 2023


17521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm so fucking pumped for this and Dying Fetus



These past several months or so I've been looking forward to this Friday

zaruyache
September 7th 2023


27330 Comments


what is the point of having Flo Mounier in your band if you make the drums sound bad? the general sound doesn't highlight any of the strengths of the musicians at all.

TheSonomaDude
September 7th 2023


9046 Comments


HOLY SHIT it's not mid??? Gotta check this out.

FearThyEvil
September 7th 2023


18511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I just hope this is better than s/t because that was... not good"



You're putting that a bit lightly

Frost15
September 7th 2023


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If this is "modern DM" similar to Unspoken King or S/T then I'll pass, but if it's akin to their last two EPs I'm all in.



PS: Just checked the singles and I must say they were a bit disappointing. They feel like tracks left off their last two EPs. Flayed the Swine was somewhat decent though.

Pon
Emeritus
September 7th 2023


5979 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's better than the s/t

Dizchu
September 7th 2023


541 Comments


I've only heard the singles, the only real issue for me is the production which isn't necessarily bad but exemplifies the sort of "every single note is perfectly audible" 2010s tech death sound. With the current old-school resurgence, I think they could pull off something more organic sounding.

The riffs and performances are good though, might jam.

Demon of the Fall
September 7th 2023


33481 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I haven't heard anything since Whisper Supremacy, but guess I'll just dive in here and expect the unexpected

Wicka4392
September 7th 2023


263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The songs they've released so far have been awesome, but does the production (especially how loud the drumming is) sound any better on the actual release?

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The drums have a predominant spot in the mix, as expected given who the drummer is. I would have preferred a slightly more organic live sound, but it doesn't bother me as it fits the music.



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