Cryptopsy / Once Was Not
Album: Once Was Not   Collection:General
Artist:Cryptopsy   Added:Nov 2005
Label:Century Media  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-11-20 Pull Date: 2006-01-22 Charts: Loud
Week Ending: Jan 22 Jan 15 Jan 8 Dec 18 Dec 11
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Recent Airplay
1. Oct 07, 2010: Pirates: The Lost Recordings
Adeste Infidelis
4. Feb 02, 2006: Baptism of Solitude (Favorite Heavy Albums of 2005)
Adeste Infidelis
2. Mar 17, 2007: Cognitive Overload
Keeping The Cadaver Dogs Busy
5. Jan 19, 2006: Baptism of Solitude
Adeste Infidelis
3. Nov 02, 2006: Cognitive Overload
Keeping The Cadaver Dogs Busy
6. Jan 10, 2006: Rock in a Position
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Album Review
Reviewed 2005-11-22
Cryptopsy – Once Was Not (Century Media)
Unbelievably complex and brutal death metal. Drumming like you’ve never heard before, unlimited quick changes in each song, and surprisingly literate lyrics from a guy named Lord Worm, who is an English teacher. I don’t think I’ve heard production this good on a death metal record. You can hear everything that’s going on including odd slap bass, great drum tone and brutal vocals. They have also accomplished something that few technical death metal bands have. They’ve also written songs.
2. Starts with quiet rumble, a couple discordant chords on the guitar and then rips into super speed, super complex, death metal. After some swirling riffs we get a big scream and then a very free sound. Oh throw in some odd start-stop, funky guitar and bass, in an odd breakdown, and the kitchen sink.
**3. More of a straight ahead brutal sound with more melodic guitar riffs and noisy guitar solos. More slap bass. The 2nd half of the song sounds more grindcore.
**4. Simpler guitar, quick double-bass drums, and a more straightforward death metal sound. Halfway through the track there is a spoken section with melodic death metal in the background. Check the crazy drumming about 3:20 into the track. Are those gravity blasts? How the hell is he doing that?
5. Slow and grinding at the beginning which changes into a somewhat odd mid-paced jazzy sound. It does speed up a few times but not for long before returning to the slow grind.
6. Industrial noise at the beginning and end. Death metal in the middle.
**7. Short jazz guitar to begin. Straight forward death metal to begin which they strip down and turn discordant. They start changing and throwing out lots of ideas in the middle to the point they sound like they are playing around and showing off.
**8. Dark electronics at the beginning. A bit heavier and more relentless.
9. Clean individual notes on guitar to begin. Spoken vocals. Slower. Eventually the track is full on speedy death metal.
11. Ha, the beginning reminds me of a Primus song. It turns into mid-paced death metal.
Wow! -mph

Track Listing
1. Luminum   6. The Frantic Pace Of Dying
2. In The Kingdom Where Everything Dies, The Sky Is Mortal   7. Keeping The Cadaver Dogs Busy
3. Carrionshine   8. Angelskingarden
4. Adeste Infidelis   9. The Pestilence That Walketh In Darkness (Psalm 91 : 5-8)
5. The Curse Of The Great   10. The End
  11. Endless Cemetary