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Classic Review: Cryptopsy - None So Vile
None So Vile

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 1996
Duration: 32:03
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: December 25, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
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Rated 4.04/5 (80.73%) (55 Votes)

Cryptopsy are mostly either loved or hated and that is purely because of this album. Some people really admire it, whereas others want none of it past half-way through this disc. I on the other hand, don't particularly love it, but I am not willing to whore out my opinion just to sound 'Politically correct' and rave about this so called technical death metal classic.

For one, yes this is very, very technical and it is brutal. It has amazing rhythm going throughout and the riffs and guitars leads are outstanding (if you like this sort of thing that is). But the line between music and mindless atonal noise is very thin sometimes. Actually, I think this album right here is that very line. I just hate the vocals here. They are not singing, not growling, not anything; just monotone roars throughout. Even with the very, very stupid lyrics in front of you, you cannot follow what he is saying beyond two words. I doubt he is even singing the lyrics, but nobody will ever know. It sounds like ape porn really. (And no, I have never seen any ape porn, but the vocals here give me a pretty good idea of what it would sound like if it existed).

But after a few listens, you kind of learn how to zone out from the vocals and enjoy the music. And musically, this album really is all that it is cracked up to be. Killer performance! It is not really head banging material but if you enjoy technical death, you should like this.

I don't really recommend this album however. This album just proves one thing - The boys are very good musicians and they could make Dream Theater look like Celtic Frost if they had a showdown. But instrumental bragging just doesn't cut it. The good stuff here can be found elsewhere with better and more enjoyable vocals. I recommend the other Canadian war-machine Kataklysm. They do the same thing head and shoulders above Cryptopsy and that is how it is supposed to be done.

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