Cryptopsy are yet again, another long-term, “big-name” metal band that I was unfamiliar with until getting this album promo to review. I know I”m probably starting to lose cred with a lot of the MetalRecusants readers as this is the third big name band I’ve been asked to review that I had no prior knowledge of. (The others being Six Feet Under and Cattle Decapitation)
That being said, I can’t say that I had never heard of the band before. I had. I knew that they were from my home country of Canada and I also knew that they played death metal. In addition, I was also vaguely aware that there was some sort of furor from long-time fans as their last album contained deathcore elements. Sound-wise however, I had no idea what to expect.
When the album first came on and the opening pseudo pig squeal vocals kicked in, I thought “Oh god no, it’s deathcore”, and waited for the shitty breakdowns and clean vocals to kick in. Thankfully they did not, and thankfully the pig squeals went away. What happened next was that the band then proceeded to play a fairly solid straight ahead death metal album that was a pleasant surprise to listen to.
This is not to say that there are no deathcore elements in these songs. There are. Vocally especially singer Matt McGachy gets awful close to the pig squeals that sound so repugnant in many deathcore albums. Like I said though, he comes close but never gets full-on into the annoying “oink oinks” like most of those bands do. Other than the vocals however, the album is completely devoid of any deathcore shortcomings. Most of the songs are fairly solid and at the odd time even catchy to listen to, “Red Skinned Scapegoat” is especially good with a nice solid Suffocation like groove, interlaced with speedier passages.
Since I haven’t heard the bands earlier works, I’m in no position to judge whether or or not it stands up to their previous works. However I do know that I will be giving this future listens for a long while. By no means is it a classic, but it is a pretty solid slab of death metal.
1. Two-Pound Torch
2. Shag Harbour’s Visitors
3. Red-Skinned Scapegoat
4. Damned Draft Dodgers
5. Amputated Enigma
6. The Golden Square Mile
8. Cleansing the Hosts
Flo Mounier – Drums/Vocals
Jon Levasseur – Lead & Rythm guitar
Chris Donaldson – Guitar
Matt McGachy – Lead Vocals
Olivier Pinard – Bass Guitar