The Great White North has produced some mighty great Metal, hasn't it? GORGUTS, MARTYR, EIDOLON, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, KATAKLYSM, VOIVOD, etc. Hell, even the legendary RUSH (a Progressive Rock band) is from this beautiful country! However, this band is currently the most known Metal band from Canada and for good reason.
The CRYPTOPSY of today is one vicious animal, often sounding like the musical version of an unchained beast on drugs, even if it is a highly cerebral beast. Their often chaotic and seemingly random song structures just add to the brutality of the already violent riffs and their drummer is one of infamy. Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY drummer) is often synonymous with "highly creative, deceptively uncontrolled and just plain crazy drumming" and the other musicians are not to be taken lightly either, as each is a virtuoso within their instrumental field.
This was the process of an evolution. The CRYPTOPSY shown on this album is not as….CRYPTOPSY-ish as they are nowadays. Hey, every band has got to start somewhere.
In a seemingly more "typical" Death Metal vein, yet you can see that they have already planted the seeds for their future endeavours. Every single track that contains a multitude of riffs, not coherent at all and nor with any reason to be, basically is a wall of sound that pummels the listener into submission. This free-formed philosophy of piecing riffs together will make the music highly unpredictable, as the songs go from full-blast to a few seconds of slow, sludge-like power chord section and back to the original chaos, all without any purpose other than to show the fact that they can. This chaos is also strangely captivating and I'm assuming that it's a self-defence mechanism of my brain to try to make sense of the disjointed music featured on this album.
Unfortunately, the guitars are sometimes drowned out by the bass, but fortunately, the latter instrument is not pegged down on the perpetual open string patterns that most bands seem to have. It goes off in its direction, perpetually dynamic and it keeps the music interesting and adds to the chaos.
Best part about this release is, however, the lyrical content. Lord Worm (vocalist and lyricist) has pegged some of the most disturbing yet poetic and somehow FUNNY lyrics in the Metal world and I just love them. Here are some examples from this album:
"She's the kind of girl you want to run up to and tackle through a window some floors up and splatter you both to hell." ("Defenstration")
"I just want to hold your hand. The rest of you can dissolve in acid. I just want to hold your pretty hand."
He also does the vocals in a half-psychopath half-demon voice and it sounds rhythmic and pulsating and it just adds to the over-the-top-ness of the music.
So, although musically this is a little tame compared to their later releases, it is a both genre and career defining release and it really set the standard high for CRYPTOPSY and the rest of the Death Metal world.
Btw, if you can, try to get it with the original cover. The Century Media version is just bad. (Online December 14, 2003)