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Once Was Not
Released: Dece, Century Media
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen
If the Swedish black metal tornado Dark Funeral kept a few year break between studio albums, so the Canadian extreme metal mongers Cryptopsy had an incredible five year break! However, the band went through line-up changes during these five years.
Cryptopsy have finally returned to the limelight with the brand new ONCE WAS NOT output delivering 11 twisted, technical, but however brutal cuts. The album is kicked off by the instrumental based song called “Luminum” and continues by the total extreme death metallic maelstrom for example “In The Kingdom Where Everything Dies”, “The Sky Is Mortal”, “Carrionshine”.
Lord Worm’s return behind the mic is definitely a welcome comeback even though these hired guns Martin Lacroix and Mike DiSalvio handled their own jobs perfectly in their own way. However, without Lord Worm’s utter guttural delivery, Cryptopsy was not the same band. Yes Lord Worm’s deep, brutal growling can be considered as some kind of a trademark of Cryptopsy along with these extreme technical skilled deadly grinding parts. This may sound like utter bollocks, but while listening to the album weird thoughts crossed my mind as the material on ONCE WAS NOT could be described as brutal technical death metal meets Voi-Vod and then some weirdness of Primus added to the same concept. At least those descriptions could give some kind of impression what a listener can expect from ONCE WAS NOT. In the long run these technical skills and playing got on my nervs as I am more used to the straightforward death metal assault, but ONCE WAS NOT definitely works in small parts. It can be easily said ONCE WAS NOT can’t by any manners top the legendary NONE SO VILE which is still considered as the best Cryptopsy album ever, even in my own books as well.
Cryptopsy proves on ONCE WAS NOT they are still the leading extreme metal combo hailing from Canada. Let’s hope their line-up problems will be in the history and Lord Worm will remain in Cryptopsy.
1. Luminum (Instrumental)
2. In The Kingdom Where Everything Dies, The Sky Is Mortal
4. Adeste Infidelis
5. The Curse of The Great
6. The Frantic Pace of Dying
7. Keeping The Cadaver Dogs Busy
9. The Pestilence That Walketh In Darkness (Psalm 91:5-8)
10. The End (Instrumental)
11. Endless Cemetery
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