JUNE 19th 2015

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with Matt McGachy, vocalist of Extreme Technical Death Metallers Cryptopsy. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview.

  • You are a Canadian technical death metal band from Montreal, Quebec, and the band now has sold over 300,000 records, did you ever expect that ?

 Its great!  We are honoured that so many people liked and wanted to support our band.

  •  Is it hard to be recognized when you are a Canadian band ?

It can be slightly more difficult that if you are an American based band for sure.  The cost of US work papers which are needed to tour the US are quite high and most young bands cannot afford them.  Which makes touring the US more difficult. 

  • Tell us how the band members came to be in Cryptopsy .

Flo Mounier: Drums/Vocals
He is one of the original members and the life force behind the band.

Chris Donaldson: Guitar

A little over 10 years ago Cryptopsy were looking for a second guitarist.  Alex Auburn was judging a guitar playing competition here in Montreal and discovered Chris (one of the contestants) and invited him to come and tryout.  Chris was always a Cryptopsy fan and jumped at the opportunity.
Matt McGachy: Lead Vocals
I was playing a show with my old band 3 Mile Scream alongside Donaldson’s old project Mythosis and Flo was at the gig.  After my set he came up to me and told me that he enjoyed what he had seen.  A few months later he called me up and asked me to audition.

Olivier Pinard: Bass Guitar
When the time came to get a new bass player in the band as we were writing our self-titled album Chris suggested we contact Oli.  Chris had recorded Oli’s other band Neuraxis and was a big fan of his playing abilities as well as his personality.  It worked out great in the end.

  • You are going to be doing a tour soon, how did that come about ?

We just got back from our first US tour in 8 years.  It was fantastic!

The Back to the US tour was a success.  We had an amazing time reconnecting with the fans and meeting new ones.  It had been far too long since we played the US and we were very excited to be back.  The first show in Worcester was sold-out and set the pace for the entire run, it was a great way to start things off.  Also all the bands on the bill were great people as well as musicians; I would tour with them again any day.

  • You are only doing the middle to eastern side of the USA, do you plan on doing another tour for the west ?

We are currently speaking of hitting the West Coast in the next few months but nothing has been set in stone.  I personally really want to do it.

  • You have a new release coming up titled “The Book of Suffering Tome”, how did you come up with this title, where did the inspiration come from ?

It was Lord Worm’s title for the post OWN album he was writing.  It was just an excellent title, and when we were discussing an anthology of album it just made sense to use it.  Flo contacted Worm and he gave us his permission to use it.

  • Who writes the lyrics for the band ? Where do the ideas come from to write ?

I write the lyrics for the band now.  I tend to grasp my inspiration for real life events.  This time around I would say that the lyrics are more manic and brutal than anything I have written.  I have focused my attention on some disgusting recent Canadian crimes that have been committed and covered in the media in the past 20 years.

  • Do you yourself have a favourite song from this album ?

I really enjoy the opening track.  It is brutal, catchy and groovy all at the same time.  Best of all it is absolutely Cryptopsy!

  •  The album cover is cool, reminds me of a horror movie, who created the artwork ? Did you give the artist some ideas, or did he come up with it and you approved ?

The art that we have shared is in no way the final cover art.  When we launched the campaign we simply wanted to include an image so we did.  An old eerie photograph that we found online inspired us and we attempted to recreate it with our friend and photographer Eric Sanchez.  The final artwork is in the process of being completed now.

We appreciated our fans constructive criticisms and worries that this would be the final artwork.  As I said this is their EP as much as ours so we want them to be happy with the final product as much as we are.

  • When you hit the stage to perform, are you nervous, or just glad to be able to perform?

I always get a bit jittery before a performance.  As you said it is always such a relief to finally hit the stage and do what you came to do.  When I play in front of huge crowds I tend to be a bit more nervous than a small club though.  This summer we will be a Wacken and I can guarantee you that I will be a tad nervous before hitting that stage.

  • What is the best thing for you about being in Cryptopsy ?

Touring the world, playing alongside fantastic bands and meeting the fans.

  • Have you ever regretted being in a band ?

Never, it’s not always easy but it is always rewarding.

  • If you could not be in a band for some reason, what do you think you would be doing?

I would still play music in some way.  Perhaps a little bar gig somewhere.

  • Tell us something that people might not know about Cryptopsy ?

We are an independent band and proud to be so.  We make our music ourselves for our fans.

Thank you (Merci) for doing this interview with us at Metaltitans, and we wish you much success with your new album, ‘The Book of Suffering Tome’ and the tour.

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