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The Book of Suffering Tome 1 EP blends the frantic, catastrophic groove of early Cryptopsy (think the Lord Worm-fronted era of Blasphemy Made Flesh and None So Vile) with the enhanced technical finesse of the band’s Whisper Supremacy and …And Then You’ll Beg days.

To summarize: the current lineup is delivering Cryptopsy’s most superlative work in well over a decade, with an apparent (and commendable) disregard for the lamentable sub-par period between Once Was Not and The Unspoken King.

The album’s greatest merit is in its amalgamation of sole-surviving original member Flo Mounier’s pristinely polished percussion prowess (which unfortunately lacks his distinct primitive snare tone) and latest vocalist Matt McGachy’s archetypical vociferous savagery that exists a mere stone’s throw away from that of the aforementioned looming presence of Lord Worm. Also worth noting is guitarist Christian Donaldson’s incomparably ruthless shred-panache, doubling on both rhythm and lead guitar. Olivier Pinard’s funk-inspired bellowing bass is highly reminiscent Eric Langlois’, tying the diabolical assemblage together flawlessly with the traditional aesthetic that jettisoned Cryptopsy to the very pinnacle of their success in the ‘90s and early 2000s, and subsequently labeled them one of the most revered and influential bands in the history of Canadian death metal.

The Book of Suffering (Tome 1)
(Defen Society)
Written by: Lacey Paige
8 out of 10

The Book of Suffering Tome 1’s only drawback is its constricted run-time; four tracks just simply aren’t enough to satiate any devoted Cryptopsy fan. One can only hope for and assume that Tome 2 is going to unleash double the cacophonous carnage as its predatory predecessor.

Lacey Paige, HMS

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