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This review is from: None So Live: Montreal 2002 (Audio CD)
This is Cryptopsy's first live album. The quality of sound is astounding considering the diffeculty of recording such extreme music where so much is happening at the same time. It also manages to capture the exhilirating and intense atmosphere and it is clear that Cryptopsy are in their element in this home show.
The tracklist plays like a greatest hits, taking the best tracks from each of their four studio recordings. Opening track the brutal Crown of Horns sets the pace and their is little let up from start to finish apart from some between song banter (in French) from newly recruited vocalist Martin Lecroix. This is Lecroix's first recording with Cryptopsy and his vocals are excellent, his style falling somewhere between that of original vocalist Lord Worm and second vocalist Martin De Salvo, gutteral death grunts which are just about decipherable.
Particular highlights of the CD include newer tracks We Bleed and Shroud which are as insanely complex and tight as on the recordings. Along with genuine classics such as Cold Hate Warm Blood, Phobophile and Slit Your Guts which keep your head banging and your ears ringing.
It is very diffecult to critiscise this recording, but there are a few minor flaws. First of all the bass is practically lost in the mix for the majority of the songs and the only time you really hear it is in the many breaks that pepper these mental tunes. Having said that, when you do hear it it is the meatiest bottom end your likely to come across. Solos from both guitarists sound vital and really add the finishing touches to the organised chaos. The drum solo from Flo Mounier confirms his place as one of the best Death Metal Drummers in the world, mixing in elements of Jazz Fusion to keep things interesting. His kick drum speed has to be heard to be believed.
Annoyingly, for me anyway, this solo comes right in the middle of one of my favourite songs "Graves of the Fathers" which slightly ruins the flow of the song. This is why i couldn't see my way to giving the CD 5 stars. However for some these minor details may not be an issue.
What is certain is that this is one of the best Extreme metal live recordings ever committed to tape and is an essential purchase for Cryptopsy fans and those who have just discovered these titans of the Death Metal genre.