After a long and arduous tour, and a singer change-up, CRYPTOPSY decided to play their final show for the "And Then You'll Beg" tour, here in Montreal, last June. Go read my Extreme Metal Weekend review for the show. I was there! And what a great show it was.
The host had said that there was recording equipment, and that CRYPTOPSY may release a live album.
Rejoice, fans of CRYPTOPSY! That host was right! Canada's number 1 musical export has released a live album, and what an onslaught it is! The band is in top shape, playing to over 1000 people, and the energy is captured on the CD.
The new singer fits the band REALLY well, and his style is more akin to Lord Worm's than to Mike DiSalvo's, and he had PRESENCE during the set. Named Martin Lacroix, formerly of SPASME, he fits the band perfectly.
Anyway, on to the music. The shows kicks off with the intro track from "None So Vile" ("Crown Of Horns"), and the intensity does not relent at all. For the next 50 minutes, the band plays songs from all the albums, and all the intensity, power, technicality and chaos is there. This is a testament to CRYPTOPSY's greatness. If you have seen CRYPTOPSY live, you know what I'm talking about. It's sheer lunacy. This album manages to catch some of the atmosphere, but truly CRYPTOPSY are kings on the stage. If you haven't seen them live, I feel sorry for you.
One thing that must be said whenever talking about CRYPTOPSY is the drummer. Not only are they graced with two highly skilled guitarists that manage to play music of this technical calibre, and a bassist that is creative, funky and SLAPS at REALLY high speeds (all the while banging their heads like there's no tomorrow), but the drummer, that goddamn man-beast drummer………Flo Mounier is undoubtedly one of the best drummers today. His chaotic yet controlled style has made this band infamous, as his speed and precision is of top order, yet he manages to tastefully use them in order to make the music even harsher and appear more frantic. His drum solo also just plain rules and his double-bassing is UNREAL. It is rather diverse and groovy, yet Flo still manages to wow the crowd with his skill.
This is one live album that I REALLY enjoyed, and I can spin again and again and again, reliving the faithful day where I saw them live. The length is perfect, the song choices are perfect, and the band is playing perfectly…
I cannot wait to hear what the new album will sound like. (Online June 5, 2003)