It was bothing me for a while that I knew Lord Worm reminded me of somebody. Took a while to realize it was Ron Jeremy.
Good point he is making though. As for Cryptopsy's MTV video, the "song" totally sucks and is also cheesey in every way. However, it is possible that they only sold out on one track, since it's not even a song really. I haven't listened to the album very much. Perhaps a review of the rest of Cryptopsy's catalogue is in order?
“Once Was Not” would be much more effective if the production wasn't so clinical and drum-heavy; the last three Cryptopsy albums have a dense, punishing, and almost over-saturated production style that keeps the guitars and drums on fairly equal footing, but this critical attribute of the band’s sound is all but lost on “Once Was Not” thanks to all the boring/lifeless instrument tones and poor mixing decisions.
The guitar work does provide some moments of intrigue, but Alex Auburn seemingly tries too hard to incorporate a variety of techniques/styles instead of making sure that the riffs themselves are satisfying and reasonably coherent within the context of a song.
Most people will probably agree that Flo Mounier’s percussive performance is incredible (as usual) and that Lord Worm is so far off from his past--and arguably brilliant--form that the band might have been better off recruiting a new vocalist or letting Alex Auburn and Flo Mounier fulfill the lead vocal spot until Lord Worm was physically capable of at least coming close to his past vocal prominence.
Make no mistake, "Once Was Not" is the worst Cryptopsy album to date, and I say that as a fan that can tolerate Mike DiSalvo’s embarrassing, hardcore machismo and enjoys all their other albums to a great degree.