If all of this were dowsed in superb riff-writing, atmosphere and really catchy vocal lines, then I'd be the first to forgive these cheap shots of accessibility, but unfortunately these ideas simply don't gel into anything worth remembering. The band doesn't even have the dignity to make the discomfort as short as possible. Flo Mounier drums with the personality of one of those programmable vacuum robots that are all the rage with lazy housewives and househusbands. The album marks the debut of Matt McGachy as well as the first and only appearance on a Cryptopsy album by Maggie Durand, as well as the band's departure from the death metal genre. The trepidation felt by many for this album is understandable; after all, it's a complete 180-degree turn from everything we've come to know and expect. However, “Once Was Not” was fairly mediocre, both vocally and musically. It contains a vast, interesting mix of melody, ferocity, technically, and groove. It doesn't even work as numetal. Now, contrary to what my numerous deathcore album reviews may suggest, I prefer actual death metal to deathcore. Did they go way too far? I might vouch that this album's situation is very unique and suffers from an effect that could be coined the "The Unspoken King Effect", if you're the kind of person that likes discussing metal whilst pretending to be a scientist or something. The main difference here is simply how, well... simple the riffs generally are. So what makes this so bad, you ask? The Unspoken King uses a fair amount of new tools the band had never used before, but in the end their tools that Cryptopsy never should have stored in their shed in the first place. But what really pushed everyone over the edge was that Cryptopsy had the nerve to start playing "breakdowns". 09. Likewise with the completely unnecessary keyboardist. Now we can add a new item to our never-ending list of criteria: What persuaded Cryptopsy to write this music? But lets not get hung up on something silly like breakdowns, because that is but a small part of the music as a whole. But others are pretty shitty reads here, like "The Plagued", or "Bound Dead" which is so generic and emo that I had to slap myself a few times to realize I wasn't listening to Mutiny Within or All That Remains. So the 'The Unspoken King' in a nutshell. It’s seems unanimous that Matt McGachy was a horrible choice, and I wholeheartedly agree. One thing that I've learnt in my 9 or so years as a metal and music listener in general is that selling out isn't always as bad as it seems, as long as it's done right. And an example of bad selling out would be Cold Lake. McGachy is a very average clean singer, and maybe he would be passable in a band like Deftones, but with Cryptopsy his vocals just do not work. Grating, unimaginative, objectively shitty, some of the worst wannabe Job for a Cowboy vocals I've ever heard (why anybody would ever look to that band for inspiration is beyond me), unimpressive, and repulsive in every sense of the word. This is Cryptopsy with a raging hard on for a big cash injection and no understanding of concepts such as "artistic principles" or "personal integrity". At least he doesn’t have a hilarious, nicely kept, scene haircut like most of the members do now. To be honest, his growls aren't too bad. This is one of the few bands that deserves to lose points purely for the past. Sorry, I just don't get bands that have more than 5 members. There are far too many examples of this angsty, off-key singing on The Unspoken King, however the absolute worst is towards the beginning of “Bemoan the Martyr”. The snare sound is somewhere between drum machine and dustbin lid. Instead of opting for their traditional death metal sound driven by technicality, the dudes decided to move into a more metalcore-influenced take on death metal. In either case, the vocals just don't work for this style of music. Almost a lazy attempt at selling out, there's no real attempt to be catchy and make things enjoyable and sugary for the first time listener; instead the band just forces its' formula (which in CF's case was getting quite tired at that point) into the style of music that's popular at the time. The production is pretty standard, but clear. myopic elitists with serious cases of tunnel vision) got so freaked out by it that every time the guitarist played an open E string they reflexively shouted "That's a breakdown, this band sucks!" Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives Message board FAQ Search Register Login Am I the only one who likes Cryptopsy's "The Unspoken King"? Well, we may find out eventually from the defensive spouts of Mr Mounier. He's not stunning. Likewise, bassist Eric Langlois has an incredible bass tone and some interesting bass breaks in several songs. Now they have exchanged fan bases from metalheads to scene kids. Also, if you can ignore McGarthy for a second, it’s apparent that the musicians are still capable of playing their instruments to some degree of skill. Maybe I'm an idiot and can't hear it, but oh well. Forum Index » Music Talk » Metal Discussion. When you can hear her, she is actually quite good, and funnily enough, all of these decent moments are times when it's a bit quieter, and Matt is either silent, or doing spoken word (which, as cliché as it is, does not sound awful). From the straight up riff genius of Slit Your Guts to the more experimental and atmospheric mood of tracks like The End, the band has always been nothing short of awesome. 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