Cryptopsy: Palpable

"My plan is to play drums as much as possible".

During the past twenty years, Canada based extreme outfit Cryptopsy have wreaked havoc throughout the metal genre; bending the style to its very limits and pulling some massive g-force... The bands Australian Tour, aptly named ‘The Tour of Suffering’ is set to start tonight in Brisbane and in preparation of tonight’s brutal proceedings Metal As Fuck caught up with drummer and founder Flo Mounier last week to hear the bands anticipations for the tour and more details on the Tome 2 EP.....

“I just checked the weather for Australia as I’m leaving tomorrow and yeah... It’s a bit cold over there right now”. [Laughs] Hopefully the mosh pits are nice and heated in that case – the tour is nearly here “Yeah I leave tomorrow and the rest of the guys leave Saturday as I have a drum festival to do on the weekend” Prior to the Australian tour kicking off what can you tell us about goings on for Cryptopsy over the last twelve months? “There was a baby! Matt’s [McGachy – lead vocals] baby. And a few shows here and there; we’ve been composing for the second EP as well” I was curious about the EP’s the first of the series (Tome 1) out last year how did this project come about? “It came about for the reason we wanted to release material faster [Laughs] we understood that it takes us a while to release a full length so we decided to try the EP’s and the second one will probably come out early next year. It seems like it’s easier for us to focus on four songs and make them as interesting for us as possible”. How have the crowds been reacting to the material so far? “Yeah very cool – it had a great response when it came out and its fun to play live. It’s been really positive”.

What goes into making a Cryptopsy album, what are the fundamentals involved? “Brutality. Catchiness. It has to have speed and the song needs to go somewhere, it can’t just be a bunch of riffs thrown together, it has to move, it has to trap – so it’s kind of like a mixed bag of different things and sometimes we’ll accomplish that in one song as some songs have it all”.

You have been with the band since 1992, so you have observed it well in that time – naturally it becomes a part of your identity – so, during the early years for Cryptopsy, what adversities did you face forging this style that the band have become well renowned for? “Oh geez [Laughs] if I could write a book.... It’s a non-commercial style, it’s not for everybody and being in a band is not for everybody. I have gone through many line-up changes, many different partners in the way of record companies, promoters, agents – so yeah after a while you start to realise what you want and start to know what the plan is – my plan is to play drums, as much as possible and in the process I just learnt how to make it easier and partner up with people who have the same interests in mind”. The style that the band works within – what was notable about it when Cryptopsy started out – did you have a clear picture of what you wanted to portray and how hard at the time was it to get that view across? “I don’t think we’ve ever had a clear picture, we just compose and play what we feel – at the beginning people were blown away by the speed and catchiness of it all and to combine those two well is hard to do and I think that’s what sold it for people. Back then it was tape trading and self promotion and I think we hit it at the right time”. Knowing the typical drifts of the style well, what experimenting does the band like to do with the music? “We experiment with our present technical abilities – usually and we always try to incorporate something different each time we enter the studio. In writing Cryptopsy we can’t experiment exactly how we want as we have a fan base to appeal to as well but in saying that we’ll turn into any style of music into something brutal you know”. [Laughs]

You are the drummer for Cryptopsy; your role is very prominent within the band – drummers in general require a tonne of skill; the ability to keep time flawlessly among others, what would you say are the three conventions you hold to at all times? “Technique is really important – drumming has to feel like it’s relaxed. For live purposes it has to be dynamic and it has to have feel and groove, so I think these are the elements I strive for both in the studio and live”.

In regards to the new EP in which you’ve mentioned you hope to drop early next year – will it be a continuation from the first in regards to premise? “Yeah I don’t think it will be vastly different from the first but there will definitely be new techniques we’ve been working on which will make the palette even more interesting. It will still be Cryptopsy but for sure being a little different”.

So, the tour is approaching “Yeah, we start in New Zealand and then do four shows in Australia. We’ll be travelling quite a bit [Laughs] it will be fine though, we’re expecting to have a great time and we’re really looking forward to it – the last time we were down there was brilliant”. What can fans expect to catch from Cryptopsy on the road over the next few months? “We’re going to be doing a North American tour in November, waiting on full confirmation – so as for the remainder of the year it’s Australia, potentially North America; more composing then next year we look to be hitting Europe”.



The Tour of Suffering Tour Dates

Thursday, September 1: Brisbane - Crowbar Tickets:

Friday, September 2: Sydney - Newtown Social Club Tickets:

Saturday, September 3: Melbourne - Northcote Social Club Tickets:

Sunday, September 4: Perth - The Rosemount Hotel Tickets:

With guests: Whoretopsy & I, Valiance