Let us rejoice! The death metal is back and the deathcore is gone! Cryptopsy got a lot of flack on their last album for treading into a more deathcore sound and I will admit that I hated the album and after one listen I NEVER went back to it. The self-titled new album shows a lot of promise in returning to the bands technical death metal roots.
From the opening track “Two-Pound Torch” it is very clear the band are here, ready to melt your face off, and destroy your senses with a brutality that only Cryptopsy can bring to the table. Hell even the smooth-jazz ending to “Red Skinned Scapegoat” is brutal as fuck! The band has refined and tuned perfectly their sound that is for sure.
Let’s not make any hasty calls her and say that the band is breaking any new ground in the genre or making a complete masterpiece. The album is a fantastic technical death metal album but it is just that, a tech-death album. The breakdowns are gone, the clean vocals are gone, and the blast beats and aural assault of tremolo picking guitar riffs and pounding bass are back. The one thing I didn’t mind on “The Unspoken King” was the clean vocals and I was hoping they could still incorporate them in. The album is very clearly a shot back to critics to say that they can still make this music. It seems just that at times, let’s make it brutal as fuck and tell them we still can.
A fantastic death metal album, one of my favorites of the year. The band has shown they have returned to their true form and doing what they do best: Melting faces and exploding ear drums. I just wish it was a little less: HERE WE ARE HEAVY AS WE CAN BE and a little more: WE ARE BACK MOTHER FUCKERS.