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  • Broken Base: Cryptopsy fans are split on just about everything save for a mostly-unanimous hatred of The Unspoken King. Some examples:
    • Was Mike DiSalvo a worthy replacement to Lord Worm, or was he a hack who benefited from cronyism?
    • Was ...And Then You'll Beg a solid followup to the mostly-liked Whisper Supremacy, or was it an annoying, scattershot, needlessly technical twitch-fest that couldn't settle on an idea for more than a few seconds before abandoning it (aside from "We Bleed", which most fans like, and "Back to the Worms", an old song from the first demo)?
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    • Was Once Was Not a flawed work of genius with a ton of wonderful ideas, or was it an overblown mess that collapsed under its own overambition?
    • Was the self-titled a worthy comeback, or was it a cynical, half-assed attempt to shut up fans who were calling for a return to their old sound?
  • Dork Age: The Unspoken King. Let's put it this way: the band themselves are painfully aware that they are unbelievably lucky to still have a career after that colossal misstep, and while time has made the fanbase realize that it has its moments (primarily "Worship Your Demons" as well as "Anoint the Dead"), the consensus is still that even with its high points taken into consideration, it's still a genuinely terrible album.
  • Face of the Band: Flo Mounier, though Christian Donaldson and Matt McGachy are also quite recognizable. Bassists also revere Oli Pinard, but he tends to stay out of the spotlight, most likely due to his poor English.
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  • Growing the Beard: While Matt McGachy is still divisive among the fanbase, most will admit that he improved a tremendous deal as both a vocalist and a frontman by the time of the S/T era.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Where to begin?
    • Some of the lyrics written, such as "Open Face Surgery" and "Dead and Dripping" are quite disturbing.
      • Worm's eerie vocals on None So Vile made it all the worse.
    • The Intro riff of "Slit Your Guts" is just scary to listen to, and the fact that it's a massive Ear Worm does not make things any better.
    • "You do that rather well...Don't you think?" Cue Worm's scary scream.
    • On the album Once Was Not, there are at least four songs worthy of this trope. "Luminum" and "The End" because they're just so damn haunting, and "In The Kingdom Where Everything Dies, the Sky Is Mortal" and "Endless Cemetery" because they're, for lack of a better word, apocalyptic in nature.
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    • Lord Worm would often dig up and eat worms on stage. Doubles also as Nausea Fuel.
    • There is a group for "real metal fans" on last.fm, where one of the criteria for getting in was to "fall asleep listening to Cryptopsy". Needless to say, few people got in.
  • Replacement Scrappy: DiSalvo was this to Lord Worm, though most fans can at least agree that he did a solid job on Whisper Supremacy. Matt McGachy and Chris Donaldson are straighter examples. Subverted with Oli Pinard; while Eric Langlois was and still is held in high regard as a bassist, the general consensus is that Oli has done an excellent job.
  • Signature Song:
    • "Phobophile" and "Slit Your Guts" for the Worm era.
    • "Cold Hate, Warm Blood" is the signature DiSalvo-era song.
    • The signature McGachy song is either "Two-Pound Torch" or "Detritus (The One They Kept)".
  • What an Idiot!: They knew better than to give the middle finger to their own fans during The Unspoken King era.
    • When confronted about the album and its quality, the band totally handled it in the worst way possible. They threw fits, telling other people they weren't "getting" the message behind it, and tried to avoid people who wanted to ask them about the album.
      • It's not just that either, but their "response" was a 'mock track' in the form of "It's Dinner Time", which could amount as an enormous slap in the face to the fans who were furious at The Unspoken King.
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