But then again, I'm not going to compliment a complete dickhead for being really good at kicking me in the balls. Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives Message board FAQ Search Register Login Am I the only one who likes Cryptopsy's "The Unspoken King"? But while I can agree on that point, it must be understood that clean vocals account for a very small percentage on this album. In their attempt to escape the 'weirdness' of the previous, Lord Worm fronted album, they've gone too far to the other side, losing all distinction. From the straight up riff genius of Slit Your Guts to the more experimental and atmospheric mood of tracks like The End, the band has always been nothing short of awesome. Hell, I'm pretty sure if you told Lord Worm to sing he'd probably luck a better performance than this, despite it being unlikely he has every uttered a noise that wasn't completely demented and aggressive in his entire life. It is safe to say that hardly any of them expected anything having to do with metalcore, but as it turns out, metalcore is a major ingredient on The Unspoken King, which finds Cryptopsy unveiling a new six-person lineup that includes newcomer Matt McGachy (who has been with the Montreal-based band 3 Mile Scream) on lead vocals, Flo Mounier on drums, Alex Auburn and Chris Donaldson on guitar, Eric Langlois on bass, and newcomer Maggy Durand … Then, he gets the boot and is replaced by Matt McGachy who is the singer from metalcore outfit 3-Mile Scream. Yeah, maybe he sounds more level than on other records where his fills and performance had a lot more charisma, but this is no more or less than any modern brutal/tech record you'll find out there. with the terrible ideas thrown in to create an unholy marriage of all that is bad about modern metal, with a few new nuances as well. She's just there for the sake of being there, it seems. I could leave this album on while I wrote my current story, and it would leave no impression at all, except that of faint, wispy annoyance. Cryptopsy used to be technical. Keyboards. Avoid this like a swarm of killer bees carrying the Ebola virus. But then after yet another fucking breakdown towards the end, the fucking thing returns. 4. Okay, so normally I don't write bad reviews, but this time I just can't help myself. I wish I could leave it at that but for your enjoyment and my own love of getting paid/masochism, I’ll review the whole thing. Beyond that, The Unspoken King seems like quite a lot of effort expended into a product that I can't imagine anyone wanting. They never give you a break! There are moments in the opening song where if one wasn’t paying attention, they could mistake the breakdown for being technical, which it isn’t. And without Jon Levasseur, it seems as if the core of the Cryptopsy we've known of is now gone, leaving the poorly fitting Alex Auburn in control. A music video was made for "Worship Your Demons". So are the vocals. Released 23 May 2008 on Century Media (catalog no. He said the two tracks that were originally leaked ('Bemoan The Martyr' and 'Resurgence Of An Empire') were 'mood' tracks, and that the rest of the album was very, very brutal. Yes, there's a serious lack of legit tech-death riffing, the complicated, nearly inhuman nature which older Cryptopsy albums excelled at, and things are much more simplified than before, but the riffing and harmonic guitar leads, as they are, are still rather interesting in their own little way, far more intense than your average breakdowners and offering more in the way of creative ideas and rapid-fire time signature changes (if fewer than before). Did deathcore/metalcore fashionistas really want a brutal band of older Canadians jumping the bandwagon? So what makes this so bad, you ask? It starts off with three fairly standard Deathcore-ish songs, which are neither excellent or horrible, just standard for the genre, and then when "Bemoan the Martyr" hits, everything starts to slide downhill. Everyone should boycott this album as vengeance for the destruction of a once treasured icon of the extreme metal scene. Is Cryptopsy wishing to pursue an alternative music career and get out of death metal? I strongly believe if he was to leave this style with 3 Mile Scream and not move it into Cryptopsy, he would have gotten more praise. The description for this album says “the band instead perform deathcore on this album”. She has sections in songs like "Leach", "Resurgence of an Empire", "Silence the Tyrants", and "Contemplate Regicide". Bound Dead . And of course, let's not forget their "response" track of "It's Dinner Time", a fun, creative way of turning their detractors on their heads and made not long after all the shit was thrown at them. Album opener Worship Your Demons immediately displays that Cryptopsy have lost none of the edge that albums such as None So Vile had, with its ultra technical guitar work that is up there with the best, and the vocal work is breathtaking. The worst part about them is the fact that they attempted to introduce a sixth member of the band. 02. The riffs are generally fairly simple (for Cryptopsy) during the faster parts, but are just downright embarrassing for the breakdowns. His cleans are good for harmonies (found more on the latter half of the album). Its really quite surprising that he was accepted into the band, they even asked for singers with good voices and the ability to sing on key, rather than just any random guy who wants to give it a go, as if to say that the average metalcore voice is too crude... The frequent blasting passages sound ineffectual and absurd in context with the rest of the music, heightening the feeling of inept and frustrated "anger" without any real focus, either on technicality or aggression, just watered down music aimed at mainstream appeal. 07. And let's be honest: a sizable portion of the band's audience consisted of hardcore and metalcore fans since the 90s, when they first got wind of a record like None So Vile or Whisper Supremacy (around the time of the Century Media signing) and got off on the raving guttural vocals and the technical lunacy of the performance. And yeah, I could have done without the start-stop riffs too. I delayed buying this album for a couple reasons. If keys were not going to be made a prominent feature of the band, then I see no reason to even add a band member, and thus the pretty glaring evidence of 'sex appeal'. Most of the time his standout parts are surrounded by pointless background sounds, but they still come through and bring some enjoyment to an otherwise useless set of poorly placed interludes. Essentially there is an uncomfortable mix of blasts and whines. The guitars appear to be used for background noise except for the occasional sloppy solo and the drumming is worst of all. There are far too many examples of this angsty, off-key singing on The Unspoken King, however the absolute worst is towards the beginning of “Bemoan the Martyr”. As if they knew what they were doing was wrong, and didn't want anybody to know, like a 15 year old boy tying to masturbate in the room adjacent to his sleeping parents. He also even uses metalcore-esque clean vocals at times, in tracks such as "Bemoan the Martyr", "Leach", and "The Plagued". At best she'll be delivering well below the volume of the other instruments, some single note atmospheric pad or sampled texture. For years, Cryptopsy has been held in high regard, hailed by many as titans of the death metal underground. This section reduces me to tears of laughter it sounds so comical. However, in the last couple of years this band has seen its previously loyal fan base turn on them, spewing allegations of selling out and joining the sea of medio-core bands we find ourselves drowning in. The problem is though, that drumming alone cannot save music this bad (though the drum parts do stop a couple of half-decent riffs from being unbelievably shitty ones). Probably wishful thinking, at his age. The resulting melody, and I use the term extremely loosely here, has no memory grabbing elements, it’s just there and then it’s gone just as soon as the random harshness takes over. 195 likes. While the former would attract and the latter would repel, consider the notion of both being parallel paths towards personal curiosity. These are all words and phrases that could be accurately used to describe Cryptopsy’s latest effort, The Unspoken King. First, because I like the first two Cryptopsy albums best, and when Lord Worm returned for their 5th album, I figured it would be a triumphant return. The keyboards are almost non-existent. Don’t spend money on this or you’ll encourage it to continue, like subsidizing clean needles for heroine users increasing the lifespan of people who see no real point in living. Not since the heyday of nu-metal has such a whiny and a half step off voice been heard, and let me reiterate; it’s fucking awful. Definitely. There are many problems with this album which contributes to my incredibly low rating. His growls are just low and high pitched pig squeals in the vein of Job For A Cowboy or (insert whatever deathcore band you feel like). Genres: Deathcore. 0. Donner votre avis Votre avis a été enregistr é Voir tous les avis. McGachy's vocals sound like a lame attempt at death metal growls with some clean vocals that would sound fantastic on a record from any run of the mill alternative rock band. The album was released on May 26, 2008 in Europe, and June 24, 2008 in the US, by Century Media Records. But these are utter shit throughout the whole record! Well, I guess the reason why no one has is that the end result sounds like shite. Anonyme. In fact, so out of the loop was I that the release and subsequent denouncement of "The Unspoken King" was the first time I'd seen/heard/thought of their name in a long while. What happened to Amelia Earhart? Prior to this release, Cryptopsy was one the most respected modern metal bands from Canada (Sure, they began to release some duds, but you obviously listen to None So Vile weekly). Throughout Cryptopsy's history, despite the fairly turbulent lineup changes, they have always managed to release top quality death metal albums. Be nice to see if he starts his own band or something, I might give it a look if he does. Thankfully, the use of keyboards is sparse on the album, seldom used to add atmosphere in suitable segments. Sure, this album would have benefited from more solos, but really, what's on here already gets the job done just fine. The riffs are just as original and brutal as ever, the drumming is incredible and the vocals especially are just out of this world, so much better than Lord Worm and Mike DiSalvo, who are both incredibly overrated. The only parts of the album which I even remotely enjoyed were some of the better 'ambient' parts, a couple of riffs where McGachy wasn't ruining them and the guitar solos, which were actually pretty damn good. Likewise, bassist Eric Langlois has an incredible bass tone and some interesting bass breaks in several songs. The songs all retain that very true death metal Cryptopsy sound that has remained in their records all these years. Or the band will throw in a bit of a techno electronic substrate into a brief passage, but all of it is incredibly useless. The bass is really the only thing on the record that is 100 % audible and that is to say the bass isn't entirely all that impressive to begin with. The real tragedy about this song is that they start out with a great intro riff and then never bring it back, resulting in the first minute and a half being sheer classic death metal ownage followed by a mixture of half assed metalcore bullshit and some semi-solid ideas. Clean singing, groove drumming, vocal harmonies, piano parts, guitar riffs that sound like they really belong in alternative metal, weird sound effect tracks between songs (very cool, but out of place) and a myriad of other things. With crisp, clean production, the addition of a new vocalist and an admittedly useless (though not unattractive) keyboardist, and more melodic, accessible songs, it cannot be denied that this album is completely different than anything this band has done before. It doesn't help that two of the newer band members, whether by their own lack of talent or poor decisions on the part of the veterans, turn in such atrocious performances here. This is easily the most bizarre case of "selloutitis" I've ever witnessed, only being second to Nocturnal Rites' far fall from grace at about this exact same time last year, with a once respectable Death Metal band ditching a large portion of their Deathy influences in favor for a quasi-modern songwriting style that does nothing but give me a migraine. I don’t know, and I really don’t care. The instrumentation. There's two different types of selling out, one which is quite ok and the other which fails hard. But take it for what it is rather than what you think it should be and it may tickle your fancy in more ways than you'd think. With McGachy, not only would it be impossible to keep afloat anyway (see: videos of McGachy performing Abigor live), but the rest of the band are so dull most of the time that it's not even worth thinking about how the album would sound if Lord Worm was doing vocals. Because of this, his performance is highly controversial and many times dismissed as shitty. I personally got into them after this album came out anyway, but started with "None So Vile" and "Blasphemy Made Flesh" around the same time, so I already knew what the band was about before hearing this. And while keyboardist Maggie Durand is very capable, she is barely used at all on this album, making many a disgruntled Cryptopsy fan wonder why they bothered. However it was the addition of female synth player Maggie Durand and 3 Mile Scream vocalist Matt MaGachy that nailed the coffin shut. It contains numerous elements that were not present in the band's prior efforts, nor their self-titled album from 2012, which was a return to form. This is the death of Cryptopsy. An example of 'good selling out' would be the Black Album. Contemplate Regicide. Anoint the Dead, to a very limited extent, has a None So Vile-esque vibe to it before more of the dissonant death core harmonies tear it down. It's as though the 'topsy boys noticed the skinny-jeaned hordes clamoring at Kristin Randall and Ashley Ellyon and figured "if it works for Winds of Plague, it could work for us!" He's not necessarily tuneless or incompetent at the contrasting styles and pitches he brings to the table, but each feels wholly mundane and uninteresting. Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in 1280 x 960 resolution or higher. In Celtic Frost's case, the end result was a rather terrifyingly bad version of hair metal, a disastrous decision for everyone involved- the old fans rejected CF, and there were no new fans to pick up the slack because the attempt was so dire. His vocals are fairly varied, but always complete balls. Around 98% of the riffs are either painfully dull or just painful, essentially proving that without Jon Levasseur Cryptopsy riffs are just not good. There are reasons I listen to Cryptopsy, and then there are reasons I don't listen to deathcore. At the very best, Alex Auburn and Christian Donaldson will tear into some semi-decent death/thrash break for all too brief a time, or dial into the old school death metal that once inspired Cryptopsy in the 90s. On that topic, basically everything he has said defending this album is pure bullshit. I feel for certain that most death metal purists had no interest. When Cryptopsy announced their lineup change, adding a keyboard player and vocalist who could perform cleans, quite a lot of fans (myself included) were quite intrigued, as the more experimental and chilled out stuff on Once Was Not was actually very good. But in the end, the biggest area this album fails in is that of enjoyability. He doesn't want to scream like a hardcore kid, but he just can't do proper high screams. He can do both ultra low growls and manic insane screams. Genres: Deathcore. Eric also lets me down, despite being one of favourite bass players, due to his sheer power and volume. So, what is this replacement band like then? Another benefit of The Unspoken King is that, while some songs might be more forgettable than others, this album doesn't bleed into itself after the first few tracks like so many others do. Next up to the plate is Mr. Songwriting. It opens with a LP styled "emotional" spoken word part à la Points of Authority before opening with an even more numetal "epic", "soaring", "emotional" entry for the sung vocals. Instead of opting for their traditional death metal sound driven by technicality, the dudes decided to move into a more metalcore-influenced take on death metal. Bemoan the Martyr is the first track with major use of clean vocals. I have to say, when I found out Cryptopsy was finally following up Once Was not, I was excited as hell. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2008 Vinyl release of The Unspoken King on Discogs. Vocalist Matt McGachy was pretty much a 'package deal' of mediocrity. Released 23 May 2008 on Century Media (catalog no. The guitars do sound quite good, but are mixed quite low. You’d think copying successful bands would result in success, apparently not (I hear the record label send it out free along with orders from their website, or at least used to, that's how much it sucks). Although I still enjoy deathcore quite a bit if it's done well. 36 / 100. The Unspoken King is the sixth studio release from Cryptopsy and marks their departure from the technical death metal sound that they had helped to pioneer alongside bands such as Suffocation and, earlier, artists such as Atheist and Death. At first it seems like an attempt to add some more "diversity", as the usual midrange Soilwork squawking continues throughout the song. 3 fantastic vocalists, 4 if you count Lacroix. As another whinging metalcore chorus in Leach (sounding like Alice in Chains minus irony or talent, sort of like the chorus in Sickman) drones ineffectually these comments appear even more laughable. However, “Once Was Not” was fairly mediocre, both vocally and musically. Come on, guys! Nope, they found someone to take photos with, and forgot to tell her where the recording studio was. Even so, she is still rarely audible. Well, this isn't. Where are the hundreds of little children that go missing by the day? It can work, but not here. Everything that Cryptopsy normally wouldn't do. 08. It's like a saxophonist joining Motorhead! I guess that's probably a good place to leave it. The most consistent of said fellow Canadian modern death metal genre benders’ knockoff songs is “Leach”, which mostly avoids the disorganized chaos of the deathcore metal sub-species and sounds like an actual song. Avis clients : 1 avis Unspoken king. He's not stunning. The trending and timing is suspect, but a cursory listen through the previous material will reveal influences of metalcore, math metal, sludge, and just about any other 'hot topic' on the extreme music scene of the Western world. Now, to be honest, since WS onwards, song writing has been shunned quite comprehensively by the group. They are not well played by Maggie, and nor do they feel at home on the songs they are found on, in particular feeling disjointed on Anoint The Dead and Resurgence Of An Empire. 11. I wish I could leave it at that but for your enjoyment and my own love of getting paid/masochism, I’ll review the whole thing. Is it because she's a brilliant keyboardist? They range from the vocals, lyrical content, instruments and production. Where it gets fun here is because of the new soft sections, which are unfortunately not like Cold Hate, Warm Blood's jazzy sections, instead they sound like the Deftones or some similar band. New vocalist Matt McGachy is really into what he's doing, but he isn't very good, plain and simple, boasting an atrociously bad set of clean vocals alongside some shitty tuff-guy -coreish vocals and a generic Deathcore yowl that could probably attract lonely cats if utilized under the right circumstances. Maybe I 'm not going to be addressed d'achats et des milliers CD. 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