Belphegor, Cryptopsy, Panzerfaust
CRYPTOPSY: 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. 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 (1996), 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. Injecting renewed excitement into their committed fan base, Lord Worm rejoined the band with their spring 2005 North American tour, a move longtime devotees urged him to do for some time. Recorded at Studio Vortex in St-Constant, Canada by producer Sebastien Marsan, herein lies Once Was Not, 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. Once Was Not demonstrates the licentious cohesion years of touring and performing has given CRYPTOPSY. Hear why they 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.