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Cryptopsy Sign to Season of Mist

Photo by Maciej Pieloch

No band has tested the boundaries of extreme music more than Cryptopsy.

After an ungentle exhumation from the Canadian underground during the early ’90s, Cryptopsy quickly rose to recognition amongst metalheads all across the globe. Most bands would consider themselves lucky to make one classic album. Cryptopsy have made three, including None So Vile, which is widely considered one of the best death metal albums of all time.     

Cryptopsy’s raw and blistering technical prowess set a precedent for extreme music. After all, their eldest statesmen did write the book on this style of drumming. But the band have continued to evolve throughout their storied career. Their 30-year discography defies any one categorization, incorporating everything from jazz fusion to mathy avant-garde rhythms and melodic experimentation before returning to their more brutal form.

Just last year, Cryptopsy won a JUNO Award for their most recent album, As Gomorrah Burns. This year, the band earned another prestigious honor: joining the celebration of death metal’s most iconic band. While they continue to tour North America alongside Death to All, recently, Cryptopsy made a stop at Maryland Death Fest for a special 30th anniversary set of their debut album, Blasphemy Made Flesh.  

Now that they’ve signed with Season of Mist, Cryptopsy are focused on keeping their momentum rolling. They’re hitting the road this fall on a second tour of North America, this time with CarnifexNew music is also on the way, along with definitive reissues from their classic catalogue.  

“We are thrilled to announce that Cryptopsy has joined forced with Season of Mist!” the band says. “Season of Mist’s dedication to artistic integrity and their track record of supporting diverse and innovative music make them the perfect partner for Cryptopsy. With their backing, we look forward to reaching new heights creatively, connecting with more fans and continuing to push the boundaries of extreme music. We are excited for the journey ahead and the opportunities this opens up for what’s already an exciting new chapter of our band”.

The Scream of Perseverance Tour 2024
featuring Cryptopsy and Death to All


June 15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile [TICKETS]
June 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile [TICKETS]
June 17 – Richland, WA @ Ray’s Golden Lion [TICKETS]*
June 18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre  [TICKETS]
June 19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre [TICKETS]
June 21 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerston [TICKETS]
June 22 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone [TICKETS]
June 23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst [TICKETS] 
June 24 – Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery District [TICKETS]*
June 25 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick [TICKETS]
June 26 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick [TICKETS]
June 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [TICKETS]
June 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [TICKETS]
June 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theater [TICKETS]
June 30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad [TICKETS]*
July 2 – Oklahoma, OK @ 89th Street Collective [TICKETS]*
July 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Red Flag [TICKETS]*
*Cryptopsy only

Necromanteum Part II North American Tour 2024
featuringCryptoposy, Carnifex,Mental Cruelty, Organectomy and Heavy / Hitter

October 4 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall [TICKETS]
October 5 – Palmdale, CA @ Transplants Brewery [TICKETS]
October 6 – Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post [TICKETS]*
October 8 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre [TICKETS]*
October 9 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon [TICKETS]
October 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre [TICKETS] *
October 12 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom [TICKETS]
October 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room [TICKETS]
October 14 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ [TICKETS]
October 16 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre [TICKETS]
October 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater [TICKETS]*
October 18 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre [TICKETS]
October 19 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s [TICKETS]*
October 20 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex [TICKETS]
October 22 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House [TICKETS]
October 23 – Nepean, ON @ Brass Monkey [TICKETS]
October 24 – Montreal, QC @ Beanfield Theatre [TICKETS]
October 25 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source de la Martinière [TICKETS]
October 26 – Ablany, NY @ Empire Live [TICKETS]
October 27 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater [TICKETS]
October 28 – Cleveland, OH @ The Asylum at Masonic Temple [TICKETS]
October 30 – Springfield, MO @ Regency Live [TICKETS]
October 31 – Wichita, KS @ Temple Live Wichita [TICKETS]
November 1 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep [TICKETS]
November 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex [TICKETS]*
November 3 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse [TICKETS]
*no Cryptopsy

Lineup  
Flo Mounier – Drums
Matt McGachy – Vocals
Christian Donaldson – Guitar
Oli Pinard – Bass

Style: Death Metal

When Cryptopsy emerged from Montreal, Quebec in 1993, their groundbreaking blend of technical prowess and brutal intensity left an indelible mark on extreme metal.   

Right away, Cryptopsy showcased their unparalleled musicianship with their debut album. Blasphemy Made Flesh (1994) set the stage for a career that’s been defined by innovation and boundary-pushing. Their next album solidified the band as pioneers of death metal. None So Vile (1996) earned them critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase across the world.  

“Brutal and beautifully chaotic…a must-have for any extreme metal fan’s collection”, wrote Metal Hammer, who named None So Vile one of the best death metal albums ever.  

Cryptopsy has continued to evolve throughout their storied career. Their 30-year discography defies any one categorization, ranging from jazz fusion on Whisper Supremacy (1998) and the avant-garde rhythms of Once Was Not (2005) to the melodic experiments of The Unspoken King (2008).  

In 2012, Cryptopsy released their self-titled album, which signaled a return to their brutal roots. Three years later, the band embarked on The Book of Suffering, an ambitious two-part EP that Decibel regarded as “an absolute fucking burner”.   

Almost 30 years into their career, Cryptopsy won the JUNO Award for Best Metal/Hard Music Album for their latest album As Gomorrah Burns (2023). They followed that up by earning another prestigious honor: joining Death to All on a tour of North America.  

Along with their celebrated discography, a relentless work ethic and reputation as blistering live performers has cemented Cryptopsy as one of metal’s most influential and respected bands. But while their legacy is safely established, the band remain committed to expanding the definitions of extreme music. Having now signed with Season of Mist, they’re preparing to release new music, along with definitive reissues from their classic catalogue. 

Follow Cryptopsy
Bandcamp: https://cryptopsyofficial.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cryptopsyofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cryptopsyofficial/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/29PgYwTelpNl6370XLqFtN
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@CryptopsyDeathMetal
BandsInTown: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/2941-cryptopsy

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CRYPTOPSY UNLEASH DEATH METAL BEHEMOTH, AS GOMORRAH BURNS, TODAY!

NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR ‘GODLESS DECEIVER’ OUT NOW!

The wait is over…Canadian extreme-metal legends CRYPTOPSY have unleashed their massively-anticipated, catastrophic new album, As Gomorrah Burns, today with Nuclear Blast Records. The tech-death masters’ 8th album, and first full-length in over a decade, arrives with a throat-punch of brutality as witnessed on singles like ‘Flayed The Swine‘ and ‘In Abeyance.’

Now fully revealed, As Gomorrah Burns seethes with barbaric savagery over the course of 8 vicious songs. Pure, unrelenting death metal made with no constraints or contritions orchestrated around a concept pitting the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah against the modern-day Internet, both being origins invention and a cesspool of exploitation. The stories told on the record are based on real-life incidences—online stalkers, cults, misinformation, isolation, and intimidation—but ornamented deviously to enhance their potency.

Today, CRYPTOPSY has revealed a lyric video for their song ‘Godless Deceiver,’ which takes listeners on a horrific tale of severe violence.

Vocalist Matt McGachy says of the song:

The lyrics of ‘Godless Deceiver’ are extremely vulgar and disgusting. As I was doing research for the album, I came across the story of Fabiane Maria de Jesus. A 33 year old woman from Guarujá, Brazil, which is a city outside of São Paulo.

She was brutally murdered by a mob of people that thought she was responsible of kidnappings in the area, following a Facebook post by a local news outlet. The newspaper reported that a woman had been seen abducting children, and many believed her motivation was witchcraft. A sketch of the woman the news outlet claimed was a child abductor was included with the alert, and resembled the victim. It turns out in the end that she was innocent. This group of vigilantes killed her for no reason whatsoever. It really brings into light the importance of never trusting what you see, read or hear about on the internet.

I decided to write the lyrics from the mobs perspective, which is why they are simplistic. Brutal lyrics about an extremely violent act. The mob never questions if they are doing the right thing, they just acted in unison.

It is one of the nastiest song I have ever written.

Stream ‘Godless Deceiver’ and purchase As Gomorrah Burns: https://Cryptopsy.bfan.link/as-gomorrah-burns.ema

‘Godless Deceiver’ Lyric Video:

As Gomorrah Burns Track List:

1. Lascivious Undivine
2. In Abeyance
3. Godless Deceiver
4. Ill Ender
5. Flayed The Swine
6. The Righteous Lost
7. Obeisant
8. Praise The Filth

CRYPTOPSY is currently slaying audiences on the “Carnival of Death” on tour with special guests ABYSMAL DAWN, HATE and VISCERAL DISGORGE. Tickets are available now at https://www.bandsintown.com/a/2941-cryptopsy.

CRYPTOPSY Tour Dates:
09.08. US. Brooklyn, NY – Meadows
09.09. US. Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
09.10. US. Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground
09.11. US. Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Hell)
09.12. US. Tampa, FL – The Brass Mug
09.14. US. Houston, TX – Scout Bar
09.15. US. Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
09.16. US. Dallas, TX – TBC
09.17. US. Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
09.18. US. Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar
09.19. US. Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
09.20. US. San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09.21. US. Los Angeles, CA – 1720
09.22. US. San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
09.23. US. Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading
09.24. US. Portland, OR – Dante’s
09.25. US. Seattle, WA – El Corazon
09.26. CA. Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
09.27. US. Boise, ID – The Shredder
09.29. US. Denver, CO – HQ
09.30. US. Lincoln, NE – Cosmic Eye Live
10.01. US. Joliet, IL – The Forge
10.02. US. Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme
10.03. CA. Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10.04. CA. Kingston, ON – Overtime Sports Bar
10.05. CA. Quebec City, QC – La Source De La Martiniere
10.06. CA. Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques

About CRYPTOPSY:

Death metal juggernaut Cryptopsy return to pummel our collective senses anew with their new album, As Gomorrah Burns. Their first for Nuclear Blast, the Montreal-based quartet—featuring founding member/drummer Flo Mounier, guitarist Christian Donaldson, vocalist Matt McGachy, and bassist Olivier “Oli” Pinard—advance their signature Northern power as they celebrate 30-plus years of extremity. The merciless blasts of ‘Lascivious Undivine’ and ‘Flayed the Swine’ offer Cryptopsy at their most intense and maniacal, while ‘In Abeyance’ and ‘The Righteous Lost’ groove savagely. As Gomorrah Burns underscores the animus of fan-favorite None So Vile (1996) and the meticulous technicality of And Then You’ll Beg (2000) with a strikingly sinister vibe.

Formed in 1992, Cryptopsy has released eight full-lengths—counting As Gomorrah Burns—to date. Out of the gate, the Quebecers set new standards in death metal with their no-compromise attack and next-level musicality. Debut album, Blasphemy Made Flesh, shell-shocked all that encountered it, as follow-ups None So Vile, Whisper Supremacy (1998), and Once Was Not (2005) positioned the Canadians as apex predators. Throughout their storied career, the group embarked on high-profile tours, such as the inaugural Death Across America tour in 1998, the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2008, and the Devastation on the Nation tour in 2017. To date, they’ve performed over 1,000 shows across 47 countries. The release of As Gomorrah Burns on Nuclear Blast re-positions Cryptopsy for yet another reign of death metal domination.

As Gomorrah Burns isn’t merely the follow-up to EPs The Book of Suffering – Tome I (2015) and The Book of Suffering – Tome II (2018). It’s another beast entirely. Crafted over two years during the pandemic, the initial sessions took place in a cabin in the forests of Quebec. McGachy calls the horror-like backdrop “surreal,” but, as with everything Cryptopsy, the songwriting process was expectedly arduous. Donaldson was the primary motivator behind As Gomorrah Burns. The guitarist and producer served as taskmaster and advocate, grinding out of his bandmates in McGachy, Mounier, and Pinard eight slabs of unadulterated barbarity. If Cryptopsy were formidable before As Gomorrah Burns, they’re absolutely monstrous now.

Conceptually, As Gomorrah Burns pits the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah against the modern-day Internet. McGachy’s idea was to show how it’s both the birthplace of invention and a cesspool of exploitation. The stories are based on real-life incidences—online stalkers, cults, misinformation, isolation, and intimidation—but ornamented deviously to enhance their potency. Cryptopsy commissioned Italian artist Paolo Girardi (Power Trip, Temple of Void) to complement the old-world lyrical themes. If Renaissance masters Hieronymus Bosch and El Greco were thrust into McGachy’s modern mind, the stunning cover of As Gomorrah Burns would be the outcome.

As with The Unspoken King (2008) and the self-titled (2012), Cryptopsy enlisted their bandmate Donaldson to helm the production, mixing, and mastering of As Gomorrah Burns. Dom Grimard, of Ion Dissonance fame, also came into the production fold. McGachy says the time in the studio took much longer than anticipated, but with Donaldson directing and everyone finally in the same room again post-pandemic, Cryptopsy were able to capture newfound vigor (and velocity) on As Gomorrah Burns. Tracks such as ‘Godless Deceiver,’ ‘Ill Ender,’ and ‘Praise the Filth’ demonstrate Donaldson’s death metal mastery.

Aggressive to a fault yet thoughtful in its entirety, As Gomorrah Burns—with songs such as ‘In Abeyance,’ ‘Flayed the Swine,’ and ‘Lascivious Undivine’—pierces mundanity thoroughly and relentlessly. This is no-quarters death metal, the kind our bellicose world needed and only Cryptopsy could deliver.

We are back,” says McGachy. “I want our fans to know we’re more than a legacy band. Yes, we have had massive cult favorite albums—like None So Vile—but we are creating modern and relevant extreme music 30 years later. We’re so proud of As Gomorrah Burns, and we can’t wait for you to hear it!

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