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The unstoppable Montreal killing machine, CRYPTOPSY, has wreaked havoc throughout the extreme metal genre for more than a decade, but in 2008 the band has returned stronger than ever. CRYPTOPSY have ultimately crafted their career defining release, The Unspoken King, which could quite possibly also be their most brutal, yet dynamic offering.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00197U09Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Worship Your Demons
2. The Headsmen
3. Silence the Tyrants
4. Bemoan the Martyr
5. Leach
6. The Plagued
7. Resurgence of an Empire
8. Anoint the Dead
9. Contemplate Regicide
10. Bound Dead
11. (Exit) the Few

Editorial Reviews

The Unspoken King is the seventh studio album of the Canadian death metal band Cryptopsy. Musically, this shifted the band's sound into a more deathcore style. This shift in the band's sound and the decrease in technicality that had made the band so influential within the technical death metal genre has sparked an almost universally negative fan reaction to this album.

Customer Reviews

The music doesn't do much to impress either.
Bill Lumbergh
First, I have to say that I like the METAL on this record better than the last two Cryptopsy albums.
oldcore
Buy this CD only if you can tolerate emo deathcore and are not really into true brutal death metal.
J. Yeager

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By General Zombie on March 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Cryptopsy's "The Unspoken King" was greeted by almost unprecedented prerelease venom. Crytopsy has always caused a lot of whining (Where's Lord Worm? This isn't "None So Vile" etc.), but none of that compares to the hatred unleashed towards "The Unspoken King" and its deathcore styling. Many suppose this makes it a substantial change of direction and a blatantly commercial move, a laughable accusation because 1- deathcore doesn't sell that much better than straight death metal and 2- deathcore isn't all that far removed from straight death metal 3- Cryptopsy has long had hardcore elements. (Only the singing is legitimately new, and it is used sparingly.) I find almost all straight ahead metalcore and hardcore to be incredibly dull (tech-metalcore is often great, though), but the superficial elements many hardliners disdain aren't what makes these genres weaker: it's the flavorless, chugging riffs, the simplistic alternation between breakdowns and blasting sections and the trite, formulaic songwriting. Mid-range vox, breakdowns, atmospheric sections--these elements are superficial. I care about the intricate riffing, the harsh tempo changes and the winding, unpredictable song structures that define tech-death (and tech-metal in general), and these elements all remain in "The Unspoken King." Granted, they aren't as strong this time around: It's somewhat less frantic and technical, and the riff- and song- writing aren't as consistent, but it's largely the same Cryptopsy sound, just with a few new twists.

The most immediately evident change is in the production: Crytopsy albums were generally either noisy (Whisper Supremacy), raw (None So Vile) or somewhat thin (Once Was Not), but "The Unspoken King" is very clean and mechanistic (shades of Beneath the Massacre).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Jensen on March 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
From the forefront of the death metal and extreme music scene to this derivitive mess. This was embarassing to listen to, and I am proud of myself for making it almost through Track 6. I want my money back! I wanna know who these clowns are masquarading as Cryptopsy. I actually took the CD outta my player, cuz I seriously thought it was the wrong cd. Yeah, they still shred like maniacs at times, but this la la singing just smashes any momentum. They sold out to a proven formula, and the sad thing is, they aren't even very good at it. I wanna weep....if you wanna know what pride dying sounds like, try to endure this thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on May 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this album, although for death metal puristS, the deviation from the genre might raise an eyebrow. In addition to the great guttural noise, I enjoyed the machine gun sound on Silence of Tyrants, it had a Metallica quality to it. Bemoan the Martyr utilizes a slight industrial intro and ends up with an actual vocal as opposed to the guttural noise. Leach starts out as punk metal. The trusting machine gun drums entertain us again on the Resurgence of an Empire, a wonderful ditty I could listen to at least twice in my life. And what is "Bound Dead?" Is that a glam death metal sound? Vocals you can make out the words? Say it ain't so!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guitar boy on June 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this album in hopes of hearing techdeath similar to the Faceless
I found that the first four songs are enjoyable to listen to.
But when I reached the song "Leach" I felt the musical sophistication was lost.
So I jumped to "The Plagued" it started out cheesy but then picked up pace.
"Resurgence Of an Empire" is ok-ish at parts
"Anoint the Dead" was when I felt the musical technicality came back into play.
"Contemplate Regicide" I didn't realy like
"Bound Dead" starts out pretty good, got cheesy, then got good again, then just started sucking.
"(Exit)the Few" starts out like a marilyn manson song, then finished leaving me wondering if I could get my money back for buying the cd...

I would not lable this album with the genre of metal
in my opinion if your looking for tech death don't purchase anything after the first four tracks
because it switches to rock and then the rest of the album blows....

This is my opinion and my taste in music is not the same as everyone
i only wrote this so that ppl searching for good tech deth albums would know what they are buying.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By broken shift key on March 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
a "quirky" deathcore cash-in that sounds like a cross between despised icon and coldplay. yet another case of "experimentalism" being used as an excuse to sell trite music. love is over.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Mccarty on June 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'll keep this review short, but I could basically sum up what I am saying with this one fact: Cryptopsy is dead.

I can't believe that the same people that recorded "Blasphemy Made Flesh" and "None So Vile" could make something this awful. It enrages me that this band went from the decent "Once Was Not" to this disgraceful sell out. Forget the technical death metal that Cryptopsy used to perform so well in their past, but the only thing that awaits on "The Unspoken King" is extremely commercialized and completely uninspired deathcore. Just don't buy this garbage.

Money makes people do some strange and stupid things, and this is a prime example. Congratulations Cryptopsy, you have officially become jokes of death metal. Was it worth it?
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