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Blasphemy Made Flesh - Cryptopsy

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Cryptopsy / Audio CD released 1999-10-01 at Displeased

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      17.07.2009 17:08
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      A great technical death metal album, but their next one is better

      Following on from their demo 'Ungentle Exhumation', Cryptopsy's 1994 debut album 'Blasphemy Made Flesh' is a solid and uncompromising if less than stunningly innovative death metal album, which alternates passages of very fast blasting with jazzy guitars and drums that Swedish peers Insison would later pick up on with mid-paced chugging sections full of crunchy riffs and deep grooves. The band does not deviate through this formula throughout, and some of the songs can sound rather samey, but it still remains a hugely energetic and impressively technical listen. Flo Mournier's drums are the most impressive aspect of the album, consisting of extremely fast yet varied blastbeats and bucketloads of drum fills. The guitars back the drums up nicely, and aside from the sections of whirlwind, descending-scale riffing and passages of chunky grooves there is plenty of ridiculousy melodic soloing throughout. The downtuned and twangy bass stands out a little too much, being a little too prominient in the mix over the guitars, and the album suffers from fairly poor production throughout, but remains enjoyable all the same.

      Lord Worm's vocals which have always been a point of contention amongst death metal fans, consist of guttoral, deranged-sounding barks and high-pitched screams, and whilst these sound incredibly powerful some fans have criticised them for being too loose and sloppy, although personally I find the contrast between the unrestrained vocals and deliriously melodic solos on the one hand and the incredibly tight drumming and riffing on the other to be very appealing. At one point Lord Worm also gives a hugely powerful bloodcurdling scream that seems to go on for a good half a minute at least, and in my opinion his deranged style suits the album perfectly, as do his insane and disturbing lyrics.

      Whilst ferocious and energetic, 'Blasphemy Made Flesh' doesnt stand up to its successor 'None So Vile' in terms of technicality or production, but remains an enjoyably violent listen all the same that will appeal to fans of Suffocation, Insision and Origin.

      Tracklisting-

      1. Defenestration 04:32
      2. Abigor 03:52
      3. Open Face Surgery 04:25
      4. Serial Messiah 04:01
      5. Born Headless 04:29
      6. Swine of the Cross 03:06
      7. Gravaged (A Cryptopsy) 02:47
      8. Memories of Blood 03:34
      9. Mutant Christ 04:21
      10. Pathological Frolic 04:35

      Total playing time 39:42

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      14.06.2008 22:03
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      Cyptopsy's first album (1994).

      Deservedly overlooked in the Cryptopsy canon, the Canadian death metal band's debut album is comparatively simplistic and lacking in ideas, though still an effective display of uncompromising, vile and extremely energetic death metal.

      The poor sound quality is a real hindrance to these songs and renders them less memorable as a result, the majority of guitar riffs being audible only as a fuzz above the thudding and tinkling of the drum kit. The bass guitar is surprisingly prominent at times, but this is similarly detrimental; plucking proudly away over the white noise of the other instruments, it actually made me laugh the first time round, which isn't exactly the emotion this extreme band is going for.

      The song structures are wild and refuse to be controlled, which helps this album's credibility as 'technical' death metal, but for anything genuinely impressive and experimental, prospective listeners should look to the next album.

      1. Defenestration
      2. Abigor
      3. Open Face Surgery
      4. Serial Messiah
      5. Born Headless
      6. Swine of the Cross
      7. Gravaged (A Cryptopsy)
      8. Memories of Blood
      9. Mutant Christ
      10. Pathological Frolic

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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Defenestration
    2 Abigor
    3 Open Face Surgery
    4 Serial Messiah
    5 Born Headless
    6 Swine Of The Cross
    7 Gravaged (A Cryptopsy)
    8 Memories Of Blood
    9 Mutant Christ
    10 Pathological Frolic