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Release date: 23 May 2008
Style: Deathcore

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01. Worship Your Demons
02. The Headsmen
03. Silence The Tyrants
04. Bemoan The Martyr
05. Leach
06. The Plagued
07. Resurgence Of An Empire
08. Anoint The Dead
09. Contemplate Regicide
10. Bound Dead
11. (Exit) The Few

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Line-up
Matt McGachy - vocals
Maggie Durand - keyboards, samples
Alex Auburn - guitars, vocals
Christian Donaldson - guitars
Florent "Flo" Mounier - drums, backing vocals
Eric Langlois - bass

Staff review by
jupitreas

Rating:
N/A
In what is likely to be the single most shocking event on the scene this year, longtime brutal death metal stalwarts Cryptopsy decided to reinvent themselves as crazy jacks-of-all-trades for their latest release, The Unspoken King. Nevertheless, this album shouldn't get buried by the chaos that will certainly ensue amongst old fans and other more orthodox death metal types. This is because it is just too good to be mired by ridiculous genre discussions.

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published 17.04.2008 | Comments (122)

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
5.0
Cryptopsy are a household name when it comes to brutal death metal, and for five albums over the past fourteen years that is exactly what they delivered. Until now. Lord Worm is out of the band, replaced by metalcore vocalist Matt McGachy and for the first time in the band's history a keyboard player, Maggie Durand, is introduced to the ranks. Musically Cryptopsy are a completely different band, shedding their brutal death metal skins and wriggling towards the metalcore whilst still keeping some technical death metal ties.

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published 22.04.2008 | Comments (16)

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Uldreth - 24.12.2014 at 00:03  
Rating: 8
Written by Ilham on 23.12.2014 at 23:55


Haha, I kept hearing drastically different opinions, couldn't wait any more, I am listening to it right now. So far, I can say it's not the most exciting piece of music I've ever heard. But even considering people downvoted this because it's deathcore, it's not even bad deathcore. Lower than 4 is a score I'd give to a Six Feet Under album.

That was my initial opinion as well, but despite not being "the most exciting piece of music" I found myself coming back to it a lot and it grew on me. Still, it is not a super sentimental album for me, the reason why I am quite "sensitive" about this is because, well, I've never seen so much unjust hate towards a musical album ever, in my time on internet music sites.

It is perfectly fine to not like this album or prefer odler Cryptopsy or whatever, but comments and reviews on most sites (aside from Jup's review and Jup/Marcel/Rod's support, here as well) seemed to make this out as some utterly terrible popfest with whiny clean vocals marketed at teenagers, when in reality, the cleans are totally fine, aside from a couple of songs where their implementation is not the best (but Leech compensates for that, because that song is brilliant), and the music is actually way more diverse and creative than on older Cryptopsy albums, including a relatively pervasive atmosphere, that further adds a lot to this album.

Not liking something is one thing but not giving credit where it is due is another, and this album was never given enough credit, even though it is due, and calling this trendhopping, sellout and relative terms is just objectively unjust (and yes, the genre here is inherently more accessible than on previous albums, but the songwriting method is actually less conformist).
Ilham - 24.12.2014 at 00:16  
Rating: 7
Written by Uldreth on 24.12.2014 at 00:03

That was my initial opinion as well, but despite not being "the most exciting piece of music" I found myself coming back to it a lot and it grew on me. Still, it is not a super sentimental album for me, the reason why I am quite "sensitive" about this is because, well, I've never seen so much unjust hate towards a musical album ever, in my time on internet music sites.

It is perfectly fine to not like this album or prefer odler Cryptopsy or whatever, but comments and reviews on most sites (aside from Jup's review and Jup/Marcel/Rod's support, here as well) seemed to make this out as some utterly terrible popfest with whiny clean vocals marketed at teenagers, when in reality, the cleans are totally fine, aside from a couple of songs where their implementation is not the best (but Leech compensates for that, because that song is brilliant), and the music is actually way more diverse and creative than on older Cryptopsy albums, including a relatively pervasive atmosphere, that further adds a lot to this album.

Not liking something is one thing but not giving credit where it is due is another, and this album was never given enough credit, even though it is due, and calling this trendhopping, sellout and relative terms is just objectively unjust (and yes, the genre here is inherently more accessible than on previous albums, but the songwriting method is actually less conformist).

Yeah I've googled the album title for some reviews, and I didn't need to read more than two lines to understand what was going to be said. I must have been living in a daze in 2008 because I don't remember any of this. But whatev'.

The more I progress into it, the more I understand it is indeed unjust. This album has more balls than almost everything I've heard from them. Cojones because they dared to make such a change, but most importantly, just testicles in general. I can't understand what people find weak and mellow in this. It's pure aggression. I'm sure that if you took out the cleans, which must amount to like 5 minutes in total in the album, you'd see the average grow a point higher. Now I understand people hate deathcore, and it's okay, their loss. But I've heard worse albums in terms of songwriting, technique and originality, and style doesn't excuse all the hate.
Uldreth - 24.12.2014 at 00:20  
Rating: 8
Written by Ilham on 24.12.2014 at 00:16


Yeah I've googled the album title for some reviews, and I didn't need to read more than two lines to understand what was going to be said. I must have been living in a daze in 2008 because I don't remember any of this. But whatev'.

The more I progress into it, the more I understand it is indeed unjust. This album has more balls than almost everything I've heard from them. Cojones because they dared to make such a change, but most importantly, just testicles in general. I can't understand what people find weak and mellow in this. It's pure aggression. I'm sure that if you took out the cleans, which must amount to like 5 minutes in total in the album, you'd see the average grow a point higher. Now I understand people hate deathcore, and it's okay, their loss. But I've heard worse albums in terms of songwriting, technique and originality, and style doesn't excuse all the hate.

Exactly. I do admit this is more accessible, less "brutal" and less technical than prior albums, but they basically exchanged brutality and technicality for diversity and mood/atmosphere, which are both stuff I value more in music than brutality or technicality, and the album STILL is aggressive, just is not flooded with constant blasts...
Ilham - 24.12.2014 at 00:29  
Rating: 7
Written by Uldreth on 24.12.2014 at 00:20

Exactly. I do admit this is more accessible, less "brutal" and less technical than prior albums, but they basically exchanged brutality and technicality for diversity and mood/atmosphere, which are both stuff I value more in music than brutality or technicality, and the album STILL is aggressive, just is not flooded with constant blasts...

Agreed. I forgot to say, you seem to be taking the task of presenting the album in a more positive light like a mission. It's cute haha.
Yeah I'm at the last song now. I can say I really liked it now. Thanks for the push!
Fearmeister - 24.12.2014 at 00:35  
Rating: 2
Written by Ilham on 24.12.2014 at 00:16

Yeah I've googled the album title for some reviews, and I didn't need to read more than two lines to understand what was going to be said. I must have been living in a daze in 2008 because I don't remember any of this. But whatev'.

The more I progress into it, the more I understand it is indeed unjust. This album has more balls than almost everything I've heard from them. Cojones because they dared to make such a change, but most importantly, just testicles in general. I can't understand what people find weak and mellow in this. It's pure aggression. I'm sure that if you took out the cleans, which must amount to like 5 minutes in total in the album, you'd see the average grow a point higher. Now I understand people hate deathcore, and it's okay, their loss. But I've heard worse albums in terms of songwriting, technique and originality, and style doesn't excuse all the hate.


I've heard worse albums too. Change is never a bad thing imo, it means that a band is willing to explore new avenues of creativity. However, the change towards deathcore wasn't really surprising (especially compared to Celtic Frost's Cold Lake or Amoral's Show Your Colors) as Cryptopsy have been incorporating its elements in previous albums. Hell, I would even go so far to say that the album is decently made. But, cover up the band's name (or make up a new deathcore name, say, "Bleeding On Angel's Wings") and what do you get? A painfully generic deathcore album that has almost nothing going for it. Boring rhythmic chugs, boring vocals, a pointless keyboardist that might just be there for sex appeal. Just flat out boring.

For the record, I tried to give it a second listen before writing this. Couldn't make it pass the first 10 minutes.
Ilham - 24.12.2014 at 00:43  
Rating: 7
Written by Fearmeister on 24.12.2014 at 00:35

I've heard worse albums too. Change is never a bad thing imo, it means that a band is willing to explore new avenues of creativity. However, the change towards deathcore wasn't really surprising (especially compared to Celtic Frost's Cold Lake or Amoral's Show Your Colors) as Cryptopsy have been incorporating its elements in previous albums. Hell, I would even go so far to say that the album is decently made. But, cover up the band's name (or make up a new deathcore name, say, "Bleeding On Angel's Wings") and what do you get? A painfully generic deathcore album that has almost nothing going for it. Boring rhythmic chugs, boring vocals, a pointless keyboardist that might just be there for sex appeal. Just flat out boring.

For the record, I tried to give it a second listen before writing this. Couldn't make it pass the first 10 minutes.

I think a good example of bad and bland deathcore is Suicide Silence. And this is miles higher in terms of originality and rhythm. I don't really see "decent" and "2/10" going well together, but I never question people's ratings, I just find a discrepancy here between what you say and the number assigned to it. But then I guess if you can't go through 10 minutes of what you call "bland" deathcore and give it a two, I wouldn't urge you to try Suicide Silence, you'd probably kill yourself .
Fearmeister - 24.12.2014 at 00:54  
Rating: 2
Written by Ilham on 24.12.2014 at 00:43

I think a good example of bad and bland deathcore is Suicide Silence. And this is miles higher in terms of originality and rhythm. I don't really see "decent" and "2/10" going well together, but I never question people's ratings, I just find a discrepancy here between what you say and the number assigned to it. But then I guess if you can't go through 10 minutes of what you call "bland" deathcore and give it a two, I wouldn't urge you to try Suicide Silence, you'd probably kill yourself .


I think I made through 2 minutes of a Suicide Silence record. Utter garbage. But I suppose my decent comment kinda shows the turmoil in my head. On one hand, I really really do not enjoy listening to this. On the other hand, this is mainly due to my inherent dislike of the genre itself. If I liked deathcore as much as I do with regular death metal, this might be a 5, 6 or even a 7. So take it as you will.
Ilham - 24.12.2014 at 01:03  
Rating: 7
Written by Fearmeister on 24.12.2014 at 00:54

I think I made through 2 minutes of a Suicide Silence record. Utter garbage. But I suppose my decent comment kinda shows the turmoil in my head. On one hand, I really really do not enjoy listening to this. On the other hand, this is mainly due to my inherent dislike of the genre itself. If I liked deathcore as much as I do with regular death metal, this might be a 5, 6 or even a 7. So take it as you will.

Yeah I understood the rating was so low because you hated the genre. I understand, if a band I liked turned... symphonic gothic power metal, I might give it a low score as well. I just wanted to stress that this isn't bad deathcore.
Cynic Metalhead - 24.12.2014 at 11:16  
Rating: 4 I object, mod. I take a serious offence by Fear and Illham to disrespecting Suicide Silence. I take a major stab on how Fear and Illham illustrated Suicide Silence in bad light and trying to damage its reputation considering death of god of deathcore( Mitch Lucker) is still fresh in our mind.

But seriously, The Unspoken King come out to be a very average album with low of flaws found to be in deconstruction of songs. The flow was bland; it was hugely stepdown from earlier works of Cryptopsy and was loosely hold. I was disappointed on how songs were unfurled and then the shoddy momentum which carried on til the end of album was unimpressive.

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