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Lord Worm (Cryptopsy)

Interview with Lord Worm from Cryptopsy
by Orpheus Spiliotopoulos at 10 March 2006, 1:30 PM

Canada's one huge country as far as geography goes, that's for sure. But how huge is Canada when it comes down to Metal? I say… quite huge! From Heavy/Thrash legends like Annihilator to Death Metal decapitators from hell like Cryptopsy, that country's more or less got it all. Here's an e-mail interview Cryptopsy's singer, Lord Worm, did with me about a month ago or so, during the Namm Trade Show in California. A big thank you goes out to the beautiful Betty Dworatschek for helping me out with this one.

Hi there! Since we’re an online magazine, I’d like to ask you how useful you think the Internet is for Cryptopsy and for bands in general. Do you personally use the internet a lot?

I don’t, but the rest of the band do. It’s fairly useful insofar as one need no longer be signed to get one’s product out into the marketplace (here I’m thinking of the great many online electronica projects that are out there, many if not most of them being single-musician projects).

Your latest album, Once Was Not (Century Media), was released in October 2005. How do you feel about it? Are you totally satisfied? Is there anything you noticed you didn’t like after it had been released?

A lot of people have had some constructive criticism to voice vis-à-vis the production, specifically in the drums-versus-guitars aspect of the thing. Truth be told, the same thing should not happen with the next album. Other than that, we’re generally pleased with the songs themselves (we’d better be: almost four years’ worth of work and rework went into them).

Who wrote the lyrics for the songs and is there a concept behind it? If not a concept, what do the songs speak about and how exactly were you inspired to write the lyrics?

I wrote all the lyrics, of course; lyrics should always be the singer’s job, unless he (or she) has nothing to say. Once Was Not is a concept album that follows the history of human fear throughout the ages, from primitive man around his campfire at night to modern man with his space-age terrors.

You have been nominated for Favorite Metal Artist/Group at The Indies, in Canada. How do you feel about?

It’s a hoot, I guess. It’s a voting process at the moment from our fans. So please vote for us at http://entertainment1.sympatico.msn.ca/Music/indies!! I suppose we go up there and thank the Academy, or what? We are honored that Canada is recognizing us. Whatever happens, I’m sure we’ll tag some party-style drinking onto it.

You were on a U.S. tour in 2005 in support of your latest album. How did that go?

Ah, the Suffocation-Cryptopsy-Aborted-Despised Icon tour… That was okay, it’s always good to tour with pros like those guys (and I mean all of them). It was great to be reunited with Suffocation after a dozen-or-so years, and great to get back together with our buddies in Aborted. Despised Icon were a pleasant surprise, and they kick epic amounts of ass.

On January 31st you kick off on a European tour, titled The Domination Tour 2006, along with Grave, Dew-Scented, Aborted, Vesania and Hurtlocker. What are your thoughts about this tour? How extensive will it be? What’s your opinion on the other bands that will be with you?

It’s a 30-date tour that will take us all over Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland and England. It looks like an interesting lineup, what with there being various styles of extreme music being represented (Black Metal, death-grind, hardcore metal, etc).

Flo Mounier (drums) released a DVD last year, titled Extreme Metal Drumming 101. How can someone purchase that and under which label did it come out?


Flo released the DVD independently. He is highly recognized for his drumming style. You can get a hold of it via www.flomounier.com.

Who is the band’s second guitar player right now? Is it Christian Donaldson (Mythosis) who had been called in as a session member back in September?

Yep, we’ve kept Chris on as a permanent member (or he’s decided to stay with us, whichever). So, we’ve slowly begun writing new song parts for future material.

Which other Metal bands from Canada do you admire and why’s that?

I’ll admire any band that does what they do out of a genuine love for whatever it is they do (and don’t sell out or hop onto some flavor-of-the-minute bandwagon for popularity’s sake). Art for art’s sake is admirable; art for a living is insane (though lucrative, if you’re lucky). If you want names, though, I’ll say Martyr, Despised Icon, Shadow Division, Voivod, Ghoulunatics, Bloodshoteye and Neuraxis (in no particular order).

What is your biggest unfulfilled dream, as a band?

I think that would be to either appear in a major Hollywood release (as Cannibal Corpse did in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) or to at least make it to a soundtrack of a film or a major video game.

Your opinion on Death Metal nowadays.

Real Death Metal, the violent-aggressive-brutal stuff, is okay. It’s that user-friendly other stuff that gets me down: that scheisse has no soul.

Thank you so much for your time. I wish you guys all the best. Keep on rottin’ in a free world! Send out a message to all your fans, worldwide!

Thanks for all the years of support thus far, and we’ll see you on the road!

Official band website: www.cryptopsy.net



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