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A definite change - 91%

invaded, June 2nd, 2006

Cryptopsy's back everybody, and with Lord Worm! I guess we're going back to that good ol' NSV sound eh? Sorry to disappoint ladies and gentlemen, but this is a different Cryptopsy.

The band went all out for this record, their first studio release in over five years. They deliver us their most complex material yet. Rythm juxtapositions, furious lead guitar, even jazzy interludes and the very unique vocal styings of one Lord Worm. Many dislike him, but I find his voice to be unlike anyone else and it makes the songs more interesting. This is a concept album and the lyrics here are very intricate and extremely well written. It's about the "big suck", which would be the opposite of the big bang, so being that once was not. The compositions here are very technical and are not the catchiest, so it takes a few listens to really get into the record as a whole. "In the Kingdom Where Everything Dies, the Sky is Mortal" starts the album with a bang, especially when that screams comes in and what seems to feel like an earthquake hits you square in the face. Flo's blast beats as well as his new gravity blast technique are running with all guns blazing.There is also a very short jazz section in the middle part of the song. Carrionshine is a pure blast of brutality, short and sweet.

One of the albums's higlights is "The Curse of the Great", with lyrics in three languages and a memorable guitar solo. What is particular about this song is it's dommy feel as opposed to the utter brutality we are accustomed to with this band.

" Keeping the Cadaver Dogs Busy" is very interesting with its jazzy intro and intense playing. The epic "Angelskingarden" is another standout track. "The Pestilence that Walketh in Darkness" has recieved a lot of criticism, but it is an experimental track and it definitely has its moments. "The End", an instrumental played with all sorts of traditional instruments is a very nice change of pace and is a nice surprise. Then comes the closer. "Endless Cemetery" has evil written all over it. It is one of the most atmosphere inspiring Cryptopsy song ever written. Lord Worm kicks the vocals into high gear as Alex Auburn ends things with some very speedy sweep arpeggios.

After one listen, you sit down and just think because what hits you is so complex and not easy to get into. But once you've given it a couple spins, you realize just at what level the musicianship in this band has risen to and you want to listen to it more and more to catch all the details. Flo Mounier's performance here is exceptional as usual and Cryptopsy as a band are firing on all cylinders.