||Whisper Supremacy CD (1998)
Jon Levasseur songs Cryptopsy has sacrificed so many things -- among them melody, harmony, discernable rhythm, and song structure -- for the sake of one overriding goal: extreme brutality. Consider the goal met. Replacing former vocalist Lord Worm (who supplies background vocals on two tracks), new throat-scraper Mike DiSalvo lets loose on Whisper Supremacy with the characteristically undecipherable grunts and muffled screams of the genre. The mix is all vocals and drums, a good decision if the desired result is deconstructed anti-music, but a little confusing for the listener who wants to hear clearly the riffs played by guitarists Jon Levasseur and Miguel Roy. As is, they are often buried under Flo Mounier's furious blast beats and ferocious double bass drumming, a tendency that also leads to the songs running into each other a bit. However, the riffs really aren't the focal point of the music here; even this heavy metal mainstay is subordinated to Cryptopsy's desire for aural devastation. However, there are some nice moments where the guitars are temporarily melodic, as on "Cold Hate, Warm Blood" or "Loathe." Levasseur's rather conventional (although exceptionally played) lead guitar is also prominently displayed in the mix, which provides good melodic counterpart to the destruction all around it. Whisper Supremacy is a better album than is apparent upon first listen, as Cryptopsy's progressive tendencies add a pleasing amount of depth to the record. For example, the tricky rhythms of "Flame to the Surface" or the stop-on-a-dime fits of "Emaciate" reveal a great deal of thought and precise execution. A fine progressive death metal album from a band at the top of its game. ~ Daniel Gioffre
Recorded at Studio Victor, Montreal, Canada.
Cryptopsy: Mike DiSalvo (vocals); Miguel Roy (guitar); Eric Langlois (bass guitar); Jon Levasseur, Flo Mounier.
Personnel: Lord Worm, Mike DiSalvo (vocals); Miguel Roy, Jon Levasseur (guitar); Flo Mounier (drums, background vocals).
Recording information: Studio Victor, Montreal, Canada (06/1998).
Cryptopsy: Mike DeSalvo (vocals); Miguel Roy, Jon Levasseur (guitar); Eric Langlois (bass); Flo Mounier (drums).
||And Then You'll Beg CD (2000)
Jon Levasseur CD discography Additional personnel includes: David Hughes (didgeridoo).
Recorded at Victor Studio, Montreal, Canada.
Cryptopsy: Mike DiSalvo (vocals); Alex Auburn (guitar, background vocals); Jon Levasseur (guitar); Eric Langlois (bass); Flo Mounier (drums, background vocals).
||Once Was Not CD (2005)
Jon Levasseur music CDs Cryptopsy's first studio album in five years, 2005's Once Was Not, is notable for reuniting main man and drum colossus Flo Mounier with original partner in crime and vocalist Lord Worm; in every other respect, it's pretty much a familiar exercise in the Canadian band's hyper-technical death metal. This, my friends, is a good thing. Not only because ...