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CANADA, Québec, Montréal

Date Formed 1992

Categories: Death Metal, Deathcore

CRYPTOPSY

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Biography

Montréal's CRYPTOPSY was created during 1992 by erstwhile NECROSIS personnel vocalist Lord Worm (a.k.a. Dan Greening), guitarist Steve Thibault and renowned speed drummer Flo Mounier together with former REACTOR guitarist Dave Galea. The antecedent NECROSIS, formed in 1988, issued two demos, 'Realms Of Pathogenia' in 1991 and 'Necrosis' in 1992, prior to the name change. CRYPTOPSY was rounded off by bassist Kevin Weagle for the opening four song demo session 'Ungentle Exhumation' in July 1993. The early incarnation of CRYPTOPSY was quite theatrical with many shows beginning with Lord Worm rising from a dirt-filled coffin and actually eating large, white worms!

Formative line-up changes would see Galea breaking ranks, to be superseded by Jon Levasseur, whilst Weagle also left the fold as CRYPTOPSY pulled in replacement Martin Fergusson. CRYPTOPSY's debut album, 'Blasphemy Made Flesh' produced by Rod Shearer. Recorded in April 1994 for the independent label Gore Productions and released later in the same year, the album was licensed in Europe to Invasion Records who released it with a different cover.

Further line-up shuffles saw the exit of both Fergusson and Thibault. The band signed to the Swedish Wrong Again concern for the follow up 'Non So Vile', co-produced by OBLIVEON guitarist Pierre Rémillard. 'None So Vile' would be re-issued in 1999 on the Dutch Displeased label in Europe.

Eric Langlois was enrolled as bassist as CRYPTOPSY cut their third album, September 1998's 'Whisper Supremacy', this time for Germany's Century Media label, as a quartet. Guitarist Miguel Roy was added after recording. As the band signed to Century Media the lyrical content and image were toned down considerably causing some critics to call for a return to the gore Metal stylings of the first two releases instead of the hyper-kinetic Death Thrash of the later releases.

CRYPTOPSY suffered another major blow when Lord Worm decided to retire from the band, finding a somewhat more sedate career path as an English teacher. However, this move was on good terms as the previous incumbent introduced the band to his replacement, ex-INFESTATION vocalist Mike DiSavo. Promoting 'Whisper Supremacy', which featured Lord Worm on backing vocals, CRYPTOPSY undertook their inaugural American tour sharing billing with NILE, OPPRESSOR and GORGUTS. Further shows in 1999 saw Roy out of the picture replaced by former SEISME six-stringer Alex Auburn as the band hit the road in the States for another round, this time with Poles VADER. The group would also put in a European showing at the prestigious Dutch Dynamo festival as well as dates in Japan. Promoting fourth album 'And Then You'll Beg' witnessed the 'Pain Cometh' tour with support from CANDIRA.

Mike DiSalvo decided to leave the band his last live performance being the 4th August 2001 'Wacken Open Air' festival date in Germany. Despite this blow CRYPTOPSY's future seemed assurred. Century Media USA would show faith by licensing the band's first two albums 'Blasphemy Made Flesh', released on February 20th, and 'None So Vile' for re-release. The label used the original artwork for 'Blasphemy Made Flesh' with a few very minor changes.In August the band announced Martin Lacroix, previously with SPASME, as their new vocalist.

CRYPTOPSY recorded their June 1st appearance in front of 1,800 fans at the Medley in Montreal for a live album, 'None So Live', released in 2003. The band headlined the Detroit, Michigan 'Xtreme Benefest' in November, a two day Death Metal extravaganza aimed at raising funds for scene veteran JAMES MURPHY.

In August 2002 Flo Mounier forged part of a Thrash covers act BLACK CLOUD for a one-off appearance at the Thrashback festival in Montréal on November 9th 2002. This band boasted the prodigious talents of B.A.R.F. frontman Marc Vaillancourt, bassist Jean-Yves 'Blacky' Thériault of VOIVOD infamy alongside GHOULUNATICS frontman Patrick Mireault, Pierre Rémillard of OBLIVEON on guitar and Daniel Mongrain of MARTYR on second guitar. CRYPTOPSY's Alex Auburn substituted temporarily for QUO VADIS in March of 2003. The band parted ways with vocalist Martin Lacroix in October that year. Original vocalist Lord Worm rejoined CRYPTOPSY in December 2003.

Flo Mounier acted as stand in drummer for GHOULUNATICS during May of 2004, their regular sticksman Brian Craig being put out of action with a sprained ankle. Meantime, Emetic Records re-issued CRYPTOPSY's first two albums, 1994's 'Blasphemy Made Flesh' and 1995's 'None So Vile', as a double vinyl, gatefold package, limited to 1,000 copies worldwide.

CRYPTOPSY put in an impressive swathe of dates right across Canada during September and October 2004, culminating with an appearance at the Trois-Rivieres Metalfest. For the first set of shows former guitarist Miguel Roy acted as stand in for Jon Levasseur. For the second portion, beginning in Québec City, Dan Mongrain of MARTYR and GORGUTS took over. These gigs produced the live DVD release, 'Trois-Rivières MetalFest IV'.

Stand in guitarist Daniel Mongrain exited in May 2005 in order to prioritise MARTYR. That same month the band entered Studio Vortex in Saint-Constant, Québec with producer Sébastien Marsan to work on a new album, 'Once Was Not'. The album arrived that October, with a special 'deluxe' edition, limited to 10,000 copies, clad in an embossed, foil-stamped digipak. Road work continued in late 2005, witnessing October and November shows packaged with SUFFOCATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, ABORTED and WITH PASSION. For these gigs CRYPTOPSY recruited Christian Donaldson from MYTHOSIS to fill in on second guitar.

The band returned to Europe in January 2006, backed by a supporting cast of GRAVE, ABORTED, DEW-SCENTED, VESANIA and HURTLOCKER. That same month ex-singer Martin Lacroix joined COVENANCE, a band assembled by MISERY INDEX members Matt Byers on drums and guitarist Bruce Greig.

US East Coast touring was set to resume with EXODUS and IMMOLATION in April but these shows were cancelled due to immigration problems, a slated appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 29th in Worcester, Massachusetts also affected. Scandinavian gigs would be announced for August and September in collaboration with ABORTED, VISCERAL BLEEDING and VESANIA with the band also hooking up with SHE SAID DESTROY, GOREROTTED and SYLOSIS for a UK run of dates that same month. This trek included a one off support to CELTIC FROST in London.

'The Unspoken King' album was delivered in May 2008. That same year the band covered STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's 'Oh My Fucking God' for inclusion on the Century Media artist compilation 'Covering 20 Years Of Extremes'. This double CD set comprised Century Media acts paying home to their stable mates. 

Alex Auburn announced his departure in January 2009. CRYPTOPSY headlined the first edition of the 'South Of Hell Fest' on 16th May at Tulipanes in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

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