Cryptopsy

Cryptopsy

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Reinventing and redefining metal’s boundaries, CRYPTOPSY, recognized worldwide for infusing extreme music with awe-inspiring precision, rabidly dynamic rhythms, and mouth-foaming viciousness, have earned music fans respect inside and outside the metal community.

Biography

“Extreme metal champions, the planet’s most technically proficient and mind-jarring death metal band.” (BW&BK)

Reinventing and redefining metal’s boundaries, CRYPTOPSY, recognized worldwide for infusing extreme music with awe-inspiring precision, rabidly dynamic rhythms, and mouth-foaming viciousness, have earned music fans respect inside and outside the metal community. The band’s viperous recordings and punishing live performance have confirmed their place in music’s elite.

From Montreal, Quebec and founded in 1992, CRYPTOPSY were launched into the international metal scene following their “Ungentle Exhumation” demo release and debut CD, “Blasphemy Made Flesh”. Quickly signed to Sweden’s Wrong Again Records (who also discovered In Flames and Arch Enemy), the band issued the underground classic “None So Vile”, which severely outclassed peers and resulted in the band being cited as having reinvigorated the style. Their intense energy and musical superiority led to their Century Media international record deal and also the American re-release of their previous two CDs.

Hand-picked by departing vocalist Lord Worm, Mike DiSalvo (ex-Infestation) recorded with CRYPTOPSY on their following albums “Whisper Supremacy” and “And Then You’ll Beg”. DiSalvo performed on the group’s numerous tours across Europe, Canada, the U.S. and Japan. Vocalist Martin Lacroix filled in for their 2002 touring and performed on 2003’s None So Live concert experience.

In its association with Century Media Records, the group achieved world distribution for “Whisper Supremacy”, meaning they were able to put on shows on several continents, including Asia, Europe and North America. In Japan just three weeks after its release, 6,000 copies had already been grabbed up in the land of the Rising Sun and total sales around the world have exceeded 50,000 copies - quite an exploit in this musical niche. Cryptopsy is the first Quebec metal group since Voïvod to make such a significant impact on an international level.

Since their 1998 release of “Whisper Supremacy”, significant events have multiplied at an accelerated speed. After their American and European tours, their participation at the famous Dynamo Festival in Holland and shows in Japan, the quintet went back into studio to record “And Then You'll Beg”, a fourth opus in six years. Once again, this album was produced by Pierre Rémillard (“None So Vile”, “Whisper Supremacy”) and was released worldwide in the autumn of 2000.

In August 2001, the vocalist Michael DiSalvo left the band after a performance at the German Festival Wacken Open Air. He was then replaced by Martin Lacroix from the band Spasme. On June 1st 2002, Cryptopsy put an end in Montreal to a world tour of 150 concerts through North America, Europe and Asia. The album “None So Live” was released in May 2003 and since then all the fans of extreme music around the world can experience this memorable concert.

Injecting renewed excitement into their committed fan base, at the end of 2003, Cryptopsy were proud to announce the return of the original member and legendary vocalist-lyricist Lord Worm. Much touring across Canada and the U.S. followed, but not before the departure of long-time guitarist and composer Jon Levasseur in August 2004.

Early in 2005, CRYPTOPSY recorded their next CD at Studio Vortex in St-Constant, Canada with producer, Sebastien Marsan. “Once Was Not” is an album representing the band’s power and versatility. Lighting the album’s fuse is an acoustic/electric guitar intro entitled “Luminum.” Descending with whirlwind intensity, “In The Kingdom…” embodies the entire CRYPTOPSY experience: acid-jazz infused extreme technical metal, battle-honed guitar riffs, strategically supportive and deadly effective bass guitar, culminating in the omnipresent rhythmical onslaught from drummer Flo Mounier.

The October, 2005 release of “Once Was Not” demonstrates the licentious cohesion years of touring and performing has given CRYPTOPSY. Hear why CRYPTOPSY are one of metal’s defining acts and why they have earned the distinction of being mentioned in the same breath as Mesuggah, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Dillinger Escape Plan, as well as selling over 275,000 albums to date.

A live DVD of their headlining show at the Trois-Rivieres MetalFest was filmed in November of that year, and released in February 2005. Flo Mounier also released his Extreme Drumming 101 2 DVD set in 2005. On disc 1, Flo discusses the basic elements fundamental in playing extreme metal as well as showing exercises, routines and tips facilitating speed, endurance and control. On disc 2, we see Flo in action performing some over the top solos and extreme songs.

In early 2006, the band heads to Europe for the first time in four years for a 31-day, 12 country tour, returning to Canada to perform a showcase at CMW on Saturday, March 4. Soon after, the band heads to across the Atlantic for tours in Australia, New Zealand, I

Discography

Once Was Not (2005)
None So Live (2003)
And Then You’ll Beg (2000)
Whisper Surpremecy (1998)
None So Vile (1996)
Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994)
Ungentle Exhumation demo (1992)