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Cryptopsy will leave you dead and dripping - 100%

COBHC_Oranos, July 9th, 2009

In 1994, Cryptopsy released "Blasphemy Made Flesh," a fabulous death metal release. On that album, terrified listeners got their first taste of the greatness of Cryptopsy: the heavy, heavy riffage, the absolutely demonic vocals of Lord Worm, and the legendary drumming of Flo Mounier, and, last but not least, some innovative bass-work not yet heard in death metal. As good as a CD it was, the production was flawed, and Cryptopsy hadn't reached their peak yet.

It was in the beginning of July in 1996 that Cryptopsy upped the ante in the whole of death metal, and inspired legions of followers with the release of "None So Vile," which, in some metal circles, is considered the greatest death metal album of all time. The frightening tunes on "None So Vile" have sonically pummeled many an ear since its release. The sheer speed of the music is nigh unsurpassed, even today. The brutality of it all ican sometimes be too much for any given person to take in at one time. "None So Vile" embodies that which is death metal: speed, brutality and technicality.

Lord Worm's style had changed from "Blasphemy Made Flesh" to this album. His vocals became even more unintelligible, if that's even possible. He shreds his vocal cords with his low, low growls and his tortured screaming. Many people in the metal community think he's the best vocalist there ever was, some sort of innovator, one to revere, and, while he is good at what he does, he isn't the best. Gurgly noises and shrill screams sound cool, but they more so fit the music than anything else. What I'm getting at is that they're not the great vocals you've heard so much about, but they're as evil as you'll ever hear, and they're perfect for this album.

Jon Levasseur was an awesome guitarist. You really don't hear his name too much, even when talking about Cryptopsy, because most are babbling about Lord Worm and Flo. But Jon should get WAY more credit. His riffs on this album are absolutely devastating. I'd suggest particular songs to listen to for examples, but there are riffs in every song that are superb. They're mostly tremolo picked monsters which are simultaneously technical and brutal. that, and his solos are are just plain fun to listen to.

Flo. Mounier. Is. Amazing. Almost every Cryptopsy fan will tell you that. And they're all right. He is possibly the greatest death metal drummer ever. He's lightning quick. He more extensively used gravity blasts on this album as compared to "Blasphemy Made Flesh." He's often credited as the innovator of gravity blasting. Even his regular blasts are fast in comparison to other death metal drummers. His fills are all over the place, and he loves his cymbals; lots of technical cymbal work. Flo is the ultimate death metal drummer. Period.

Eric Langlois plays slap bass. In a death metal band. Yet somehow, it works. Creative stuff, really. Check out "Benedictine Convulsions" and "Slit Your Guts for some examples. And, unlike a plethora of other death metal bands, his bass can be heard. Go Eric Langlois.

The production is SO much better than what is heard on "Blasphemy Made Flesh." Every instrument is heard with ease, and, unlike future Cryptopsy albums, the drums are not overpowering. Cryptopsy delivered the ultimate death metal performance on this album, hands down. There's no album highlights in this review: every song is great, and the album must be listened to start to finish to experience the full effect of the sonic onslaught that is Cryptopsy.