Interview With Frontman Matt McGachy
By Peter Atkinson
Photos from Cryptopsy’s Facebook page
Always a resilient band, Canadian extremists Cryptopsy seem to have bounced just about all the way back from their near-fatal misstep of 2008 – the divisive, perplexingly out of character album The Unspoken King, regarded by many as one of underground death metal’s most epic fails. Their self-titled 2012 album went a long way toward restoring Cryptopsy’s damaged credibility, as did the band’s choice to eschew label support and release it independently, a business model they have maintained ever since.
Any remaining skeptics should have all doubts quashed with the band’s latest release, the four-track The Book of Suffering Tome 1, the first in a planned series of three EPs, which was made available via CD or download through Bandcamp and digitally through the usual avenues Oct. 30. Musically, it is classic Cryptopsy: turbulent technical death metal with a hint of catchiness, lots of sudden time changes and wonderfully gnarly vocals from Matt McGachy, who rather unfairly took a brunt of the blame for the failures of The Unspoken King. He tops it all off with some of the most spectacularly savage lyrics in the band’s history, which is saying something. But the true-life horrors he details on Tome 1 make “Slit Your Guts” or “Open Face Surgery” seem like kid’s stuff.
During a mid-morning interview via Skype from Montreal, McGachy outlined the aforementioned horrors as well as what Cryptopsy have in mind for the future EPs – or at least the next one – the mistakes of The Unspoken King and the band’s rebound from them, as well his optimism for the road ahead as the quartet gets a better handle on life as an independent act, enjoys some relative lineup stability and prepares for better touring opportunities.