"You do that rather well...Don't you think?"
— Beginning of "Crown of Horns"
Cryptopsy are a Canadian Technical Brutal Death Metal
band, originally under the name Necrosis in 1988, by drummer Mike Atkin, guitarist Steve Thibault and vocalist Dan Greening (nicknamed "Lord Worm" because he would dig up and ingest worms on stage). In 1992, after a few recordings of their demos, they changed the name to Cryptopsy in 1992.
By 1994, bassist Kevin Weagle had been replaced by Martin Fergusson, and Dave Galea left and was replaced by lead guitarist Jon Levasseur. This line-up recorded their debut album, Blasphemy Made Flesh
, originally independent was licensed to a now-defunct label. The album was met with acclaim in the underground Canadian Scene.
In 1996, they released the legendary None So Vile
, with Levasseur being the main songwriter. To this day, the album is recognized as a blueprint of Technical Death Metal
. Despite the success with the underground, Worm left, partially due to musical differences and to pursue his career as an English Teacher. Vocalist Mike DiSalvo became his replacement for Whisper Supremacy
and ...And then You'll Beg,
both under the more popular Century Media. After a few tours, DiSalvo left to spend more time with his wife and daughter. The Live ablum had Martin Lacroix on duty. Because of his poor English, he was unable to contribute lyrics .
Worm came back in 2003, with Levasseur leaving due to loss of interest in 2005. Alex Auburn did guitar duties on Once Was Not
. A followup, originally named The Book Of Suffering was planned to be a double album , but Worm had left again due to health reasons, though the rest of the band says he was fired. in 2007, 3 Mile Scream Vocalist Matt McGachy was the replacement. The ill-received The Unspoken King
was released, and was view as their worst album ever made.
On May 25, 2011, the band announced on their official Facebook page that former lead guitarist and major contributor Jon Levasseur returned to the band. Additionally, bassist Eric Langlois decided to take a break from Cryptopsy, and Youri Raymond took his place on bass. On December 9, 2011, Raymond announced his departure from the band. Cryptopsy released their Self-Titled Album
on September 14, 2012, returning to their old sound, with McGachy's vocals being highly improved.
- Flo Mounier – drums (1992–present)
- Christian Donaldson – lead, rhythm guitars (2005–present)
- Matt McGachy – lead vocals (2007–present)
- Olivier Pinard – bass guitar (2012–present)
Notable Past Members
- Dan "Lord Worm" Greening – lead vocals (1988–1997, 2003–2007)
- Mike DiSalvo – lead vocals (1997–2001)
- Martin Lacroix – lead vocals (2001–2003)
- Youri Raymond – guitar, backing vocals (2009–2011, 2012), bass guitar (2011)
- Jon Levasseur – lead, rhythm guitars (1993–2005, 2011–2012)
- Eric Langlois – bass guitar (1996–2011)
- Mike Atkin – drums (1988–1992) with Necrosis
- Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994)
- None So Vile (1996)
- Whisper Supremacy (1998)
- ...And Then You'll Beg (2000)
- Once Was Not (2005)
- The Unspoken King (2008)
- Cryptopsy (2012)
Tropes Displayed By this Band:
- All Drummers Are Animals: Flo Mounier is a slightly different example, while he does appear particularly calm when he is playing the drums, he thrashes his arms around extremely fast and erratically keeping with his style.
- Brutal Death Metal
- Careful With That Axe: Lord Worm is one of the undisputed masters of this.
- Deathcore: The Unspoken King, much to the dismay of fans.
- Digital Piracy Is Evil: Why Maggie left. Never-mind that people weren't buying The Unspoken King because they didn't want to fork cash over, but because they hated the album so much.
- Epic Rocking:
- "We Bleed" and "Screams Go Unheard" from ...And Then You'll Beg are 6 minutes and 7 minutes respectively.
- Once was Not had "Angelskingarden"
- Surprisingly, The Unspoken King has one called "Bound Dead"
- Gorn: One of their main lyrical themes, though definitely not as over-the-top as, say, Cannibal Corpse.
- This is mostly averted with Once was Not, focusing more on the horrors of war and diseases, and fear of death.
- A lot of their self titled album seems to focus on Canadian history, although a lot of death is involved along with some urban legends.
- Harsh Vocals:
- Lord Worm specialized in deep, zombie-like grunts, though they were less deep on Once Was Not.
- Mike DiSalvo used a more standard hardcore bark/roar.
- Matt McGachy's vocals originally alternated between low pig squeals and high-pitched screams before he eventually settled on a mid-ranged roar surprisingly reminiscent of Sven de Caluwe.
- I Am the Band: Flo Mounier
- Incredibly Long Note: The 30-second scream at the end of "Open Face Surgery".
- In Name Only: If Cryptopsy and Necrosis are considered the same band, they're this, seeing as how Mounier stuck when they changed names, but he joined Necrosis later when Atkin left.
- Jerkass: Flo has built up quite a reputation for his arrogance and highly unprofessional behavior over the years.
- Lead Bassist: Eric Langlois and Olivier Pinard are both Type As.
- Lead Drummer: Flo is, along with Pete Sandoval, Mike Smith, Derek Roddy, George Kollias, and John Longstreth, viewed as one of the defining death metal drummers.
- Lighter and Softer: The Unspoken King, but that was arguably the least of the complaints of that album.
- Metal Band Mascot: The dragon that appeared in the cover art for Whisper Supremacy later became their mascot.
- Metal Scream: Lord Worm had some truly legendary ones.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A very hard 10, occasionally reaching an 11. The Unspoken King drops to a 9 on average.
- Nightmare Fuel: In Universe, this is what the protagonist from "Phobophile" thirsts on.
- Progressive Metal: Once Was Not had shades of this.
- Revolving Door Band: And How!
- Sampling: None So Vile starts with a sample from The Exorcist III and ends with a sample from Army of Darkness.
- Which is a somewhat strange example of Book Ends.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Lord Worm, which is sort of to be expected from an English teacher.
- Soprano and Gravel: Only on The Unspoken King.
- Start My Own: When Lord Worm left the first time, he started the Black Metal band Rage Nucleaire, but didn't do anything with it until around 2011, approx 4 years after he left a second time.
- Youri Raymond left to focus on Unhuman, a band he started back in the 90s.
- Take That: "It's Dinner Time", an interlude not avaliable on any studio recording, was basically this to the reaction of The Unspoken King. The fans were not amused in the slightest.
- Technical Death Metal: One of the generally more well loved bands of the genre thanks to "None So Vile", at least until "The Unspoken King" was released.
- Which was then rectified with their highly praised return to form self-titled album they released in 2012.
- The Smurfette Principle: Maggie Durand was their only female member in all of Cryptopsy history.
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