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PSYCROPTIC is a progressive death metal band formed in 1999 in Tasmania by Cameron Grant (bass), Joe Haley (guitars), Matthew Chalk (vocals) and David Haley (drums).After some live gigs to gain experience the band entered the studio and recorded their first album.The self-financed album,"The Isle of Disenchantment" was released in 2001 and received very positive responses from the metal underground.

PSYCROPTIC gigged extensively to support their debut,and in 2002 work began on their follow up album,"The Scepter of the Ancients",which was released in 2003.Entirely self-financed,US based label Unique Records a deal after hearing the album,which PSYCROPTIC readily accepted.

in 2004 the band toured with DEED OF THE FLESH and for reasons unknown vocalist Matthew Chalk chose not to participate.This left PSYCROPTIC scrambling for a fill-in vocalist,and they found Jason Peppiatt.

Matthew Chalk returned for the European tour but ongoing disharmony and personality conflicts resulted in the band asking Chalk to leave in 2005.PSYCROPTIC asked Jason Peppiatt,who had stepped up for them earlier in their world tour,to become a permanent member of the group.

This new PSYCROPTIC line-up released their third album "Symbols of Failure" in 2006.

PSYCROPTIC play high quality,technical/extreme prog metal and are comparable to bands like ILLOGICIST,PSYOPUS and ION DISSONANCE.Highly recommended for fans of this genre.



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Discography:
The Isle of Disenchantment, studio album (2001)
The Scepter of the Ancients, studio album (2003)
Symbols of Failure, studio album (2006)
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  • Psycroptic on 15 Aug 2014
  • Psycroptic + Dawn of Azazel + Tainted + more at Kings Arms, Auckland on 16 Aug 2014
  • Thy Art Is Murder + Psycroptic + Revocation + more at Fowlers Live, Adelaide on 12 Dec 2014
  • Thy Art Is Murder + Psycroptic + Revocation + more at Manning Bar, Camperdown on 19 Dec 2014

PSYCROPTIC discography


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PSYCROPTIC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.21 | 5 ratings
The Isle of Disenchantment
2001
3.78 | 9 ratings
The Scepter of the Ancients
2003
3.70 | 9 ratings
Symbols of Failure
2006
3.06 | 6 ratings
Ob(Servant)
2008
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Inherited Repression
2012

PSYCROPTIC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 2 ratings
Initiation
2010

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 The Inherited Repression by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.00 | 5 ratings

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The Inherited Repression
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "The Inherited Repression" is the 5th full-length studio album by Australian death metal act Psycroptic. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2012. "The Inherited Repression" was recorded at drummer Joe Haley's home studio. It's a professional recording studio though and the album features a clear, sharp and powerful sound production.

The music on the album is technical death metal. If you are familiar with the last couple of albums by the band it'll be no surprise that the band have sneaked in a couple of "core" influences too. It's especially the growling vocals that feature an aggressive "core" edge that more "regular" sounding death metal vocalists don't employ (not completely unlike how the vocal style has changed on "Carnival Is Forever (2011)" by Decapitated). The music contains razor sharp riffs, ultra fast double pedalling, tempo changes and breaks and just a generally high level musicianship. The materiel is well written but it takes time to really tell the tracks apart and hooks begin to appear.

Overall "The Inherited Repression" is a quality technical death metal album and a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn't all wrong.

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 Initiation by PSYCROPTIC album cover Live, 2010
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Initiation
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by the philosopher

4 stars For the first time I went to a death metal festival and Psycroptic was on the setlist. Therefor I had listened several times to this liveperformance, because it was one of the few bands I'd liked to listen from beginning till end. Psycroptic plays highly technical deathmetal. One of the great things of Psycroptic is that their technical styl is absolutely more prominent then speed or brutal power, which is far more often seen in the death metal genre. In fact, on stage they didn't seem agressive, but seriously playing their music as if they were just progressive musicians accidently playing death metal.

This liverecord gives a good interpretation how they sound live: they play tight and are convincing. There are constantly new ideas coming and the riffs are full of small melodic lines. The instruments are good dinstinquishable and especially the guitarplaying is very interesting with many short melodies in the mid- and highpitch spectrum. Therefor this is not such a dark experience. This music in constantly interesting, because of the litle repeating of the riffs. The riffs themselves are of high quality.

In many occasions I do prefer grunting/growling instead of clean vocals within the metal genre, because in my opinion metal may be a heavy experience. The grunting is quiet good here with some low growls here and there and soms shouts on other occasions.

This liveperformance of Psycroptic is highly recommended for fans of metal with a highly technical approach.

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 Ob(Servant) by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.06 | 6 ratings

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Ob(Servant)
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The fourth album from these Tasmanian devils.

Or Tasmanian death metal to be more precise. A band who plays a brand of death metal a bit more technical than Cannibal Corpse, but still have a lot of catchy hooks and riffs. There are even some ounces of melodies here. The music has a lot of small intricate details which really makes the songs comes alive. The bass is very steady and there are even a lot of solid guitar harmonies on this album. Some of them even half acoustic. And that integrated in their very technical death metal. Most of the songs are flowing into each other and the listener are not bored with intros and outros which has ruined many good death metal albums during the last twenty years.

This is a good death metal album which is as attractive as fourteen days in bed with plague to those of you who does not like death metal. But death metal fans can safely invest in this album. I am not overly interested in death metal anylonger, but even I recognice the qualities in this album. A good album from a good band.

3 stars

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 Symbols of Failure by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.70 | 9 ratings

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Symbols of Failure
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The third album from this tech death metal band.

I am not sure what's the difference between an album like Symbols of Failure and a death metal album likes the ones Cannibal Corpse has released. OK, Jason Peppiatt's vocals are more guttural than Corpsegrinder's vocals. But tech wise, Psycroptic is not that much more tech death metal than the gods of death metal.

Symbols of Failure is a fairly straight forward death metal album. The music is pretty good without really being impressive. It is pretty generic with not much of raw and technical edge I expected from this band. In short; Symbols of Failure leaves me underwhelmed.

This album is good but nothing more.

3 stars

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 Initiation by PSYCROPTIC album cover Live, 2010
3.50 | 2 ratings

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Initiation
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars A live album from this Australian death metal band I do not know that much about.

I have so far only been listening to their first two albums. Most of the stuff on this live album is from their other studio albums though.

A live gig is always a compromise between renditions of the studio material and the abilities of the musicians. There is things from studio you cannot do live. That's due to the limits of the musicians, the technology or simply that the studio material is too esoteric to be performed live. You soften up, in other words.

Psycroptic is supposed to be an ultra-technical death metal band. Although the songs here is very competently delivered, the supposed uber-technicality is not present here. What remains is a very good death metal live album. But it is pretty standard in the technicallity department. Their supposed best songs are included here and the sound is very good too. There is a couple of comfort breaks here which means this is not a flowing live album. That is my biggest problem with it. But this is a good death metal album which includes everything a death metal fan want and deserve. No less; no more.

3 stars

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 The Scepter of the Ancients by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.78 | 9 ratings

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The Scepter of the Ancients
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Psycroptic most certainly turned the screws on the listeners on this album.

Thundering fast drumming and bass, crushing guitars and the usual death grunts heralds the return of this Australian band. Everything dressed up in a good sound and with an excellent artwork.

For me, it still sounds like Psycroptic is a work in progress on this, their second album. There is still a lot of three-state death metal in their sound and not that much technical death metal. OK, the music they play is still fiendish difficult to play though. But I had expected a lot more uber-tech death metal. This album is also chemical bereft of some great tunes and hooks. But this is still a good death metal album.

Good, but not great death metal from an album I expected to be a great slab of putrifying meat.

3 stars

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 The Isle of Disenchantment by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.21 | 5 ratings

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The Isle of Disenchantment
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars The debut album from these Australian masters of tech death metal.

The death metal scene in Australia has always lived their own life with a very brutal sound. Sadistic Execution is the prime example. The bands down under has taken the US sound a couple of steps further towards an all out brutality sound.

Psycroptic is among those although this album is not that brutal. It is mired in the tri-state sound which was developed by Suffocation and Immolation back in 1989-90. That's where we find this album. It is not particular technical. It is just brutal death metal with some melodic parts.

I personally quite like this album. It's sound is not the best though and the death metal here is a bit generic. But this is a decent debut album which set the band up for greater things. It is not the first album those who want to check up this band should buy though.

A decent album, nevertheless.

2.5 stars

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 Ob(Servant) by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.06 | 6 ratings

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Ob(Servant)
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Ob(Servant) is the fourth full-length studio album by Australian ( Tasmania) tech death metal act Psycroptic. I think their second album The Scepter of the Ancients (2003) is close to being a classic in the genre and it was with that album I was introduced to the band. Their third album Symbols of Failure (2006) wasnīt as excellent as its predecessor but it was a good album too. The big difference between those two albums was that original lead vocalist ( growler) Matthew Chalk left the band after The Scepter of the Ancients and new lead singer Jason Peppiatt entered Psycroptic for Symbols of Failure and his vocal style just isnīt as over the top insane and brutal as the vocal style of Matthew Chalk. Now some people might say that itīs only a matter of nuance but I think thatīs exactly the important thing when you talk about growling vocals. Itīs the small nuances in the way they are performed that makes the whole difference. In other words brutal growling isnīt just brutal growling and I much prefer Matthew Chalkīs style over the style of Jason Peppiatt ( not that he is a bad performer by any means). So Iīve been a bit anxious to the prospect of what Psycroptic would do next.

The bandīs usual technical death metal style with brutal growling vocals are still the basis but itīs like theyīve tuned down the technical playing a bit. Donīt get me wrong though this is still very technical music but the emphasis seems to have shifted towards a more modern and groove thrashy sound in addition to the fast death metal basis. This is still first and foremost brutal technical death metal though. The songs are all of equal high quality but I do find the album a bit trivial in the end. Itīs hard to put my finger on whatīs wrong but Iīm only mildy excited after listening to the album.

The musicianship is excellent. Tight and razor sharp playing as usual from this band.

The production is professional, sharp and clean but Iīm not really happy about the clinical drum sound. Itīs a bit annoying to my ears.

Iīve given this one many spins because I really wanted to like it but I guess I just have to accept the fact that the path Psycroptic have chosen just isnīt the one I had hoped they would follow. This is still a good technical death metal release though and it deserves 3 BIG stars from me. Iīm sure other fans of the genre will find this album more appealing than me though because it is a high quality album in terms of songwriting, production and performance.

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 Symbols of Failure by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.70 | 9 ratings

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Symbols of Failure
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Symbols of Failure is the third studio album from Australian ( Tasmania) extreme tech death metal act Psycroptic. Iīm a great fan of Psycropticīs last album The Scepter of the Ancients and thatīs especially due to vocalist Matthew Chalk who made such a great impression on me with his schizophrenic and extreme vocal performance, but of course also because of the fast playing and brutal approach in the music. Matthew Chalk has been replaced on Symbols of Failure though and Iīve been quite concerned about how new singer ( growler) Jason Peppiatt would sound.

After listening to Symbols of Failure I can say that Iīm relieved to say that Jason Peppiatt is almost as great as Matthew Chalk. Not quite as schizophrenic but really brutal and sneering when thatīs needed. Most of the time the vocals are really deep sub woofer growling and you canīt make out a word which is something I normally donīt favour but here it works pretty well. The style of music that Psycroptic plays can be compared to nineties death metal bands like Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse and especially Suffocation who has to be Psycropticīs big heroes. This means that Psycropticīs music is extremely well played and technical death metal and in addition to that style add a bit more tempo changes and unusual song structures and you got Psycroptic. The style hasnīt changed much since The Scepter of the Ancients and thatīs the only problem I have with this album. Well thereīs the fact that all songs more or less sounds like each other and it takes many listens to seperate them from each other, but thatīs a challenge that Iīm up for. You wonīt find any melodic soloing or clean pop singing here only ultra brutal tech death metal.

The musicinaship is outstanding and like I did in my review of The Scepter of the Ancients I have to mention drummer David Haley for his outstanding skills. Fast and furious playing, but he is rather sophisticated too. Brother Joe Haley has also cooked up some great riffs this time and if you like fast death thrashy riffing look no further.

The production is more polished than the raw sound on The Scepter of the Ancients and Iīm biased if thatīs a good thing. I think I prefer the more raw sound on The Scepter of the Ancients.

Symbols of Failure isnīt a big step forward like The Scepter of the Ancients was a big step forward from Psycropticīs debut album The Ilse of Disenchantment, but less will do this time. Symbols of Failure consolidate that Psycroptic is a force to be reckoned with in the tech death metal genre. Symbols of Failure lies somewhere between a 3 and a 4 star rating but as I think that the album is way above average for the genre Iīll give it a 4.

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 The Scepter of the Ancients by PSYCROPTIC album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.78 | 9 ratings

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The Scepter of the Ancients
Psycroptic Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars The Scepter of the Ancients is the second album from Australian tech death metal band Psycroptic. The Scepter of the Ancients is a giant step forward from their somewhat weak or at least below average debut The Ilse of Disenchantment. Psycroptic plays the most brutal and complex/ challenging variant of death metal you can get which means that many who visit this site probably will shy away from this release. Consider yourself warned. To those of you who like me enjoy this extreme variant of music The Scepter of the Ancients is recommended listening though.

The music is very complex with lots of different riffs in every song and lots of tempo and time signature changes. There is absolutely no melody on this album, but Psycroptic focus on fast riffing and complex structures instead. I know some people might find this too brutal and one dimensional but I wouldnīt call it that. The style can seem a bit trivial to the untrained ear, but enough spins does mean that you start to remember the riffs and some of the grooves.

The most positive thing about The Scepter of the Ancients is, besides the outstanding musicianship, Matthew Chalkīs schizophrenic vocal style. His style is very entertaining and varied. All sorts of extreme metal vocals from high pitched screaming to the deepest growls and even some piggy grunts are in his repetoire. His work on this album is nothing short of magnificent. What a brilliant frontman. Totally hysterical and insane in the most twisted and perverted way you can imagine. What a joy.

Even though there are a few contemporary tendencies in the music, I hear more influences from american death metal bands from the nineties like Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse, Death, Malevolent Creation and especially Suffocation. All brutal bands on a high technical level. Psycroptic has taken the brutal elements from those bands and mixed it with tech metal.

The musicianship is as mentioned outstanding on The Scepter of the Ancients and besides Matthew Chalkīs brilliant vocal approach you should also enjoy the complex and exciting drumming from David Haley. He is an extremely fast and skilled drummer.

The production is raw and unpolished and I must say that even though I normally prefer more polished metal productions this production is just the right one for the brutal and twisted music on The Scepter of the Ancients.

This has been a really good experience and Scepter of the Ancients has put Psycroptic back on my radar. After this release Psycroptic unfortunately lost Matthew Chalk and Iīm a bit anxious to hear if the new frontman can put on a show like him. I doubt it but I havenīt yet listened to the latest album from Psycroptic, so weīll see about that on that one wonīt we ? Iīll rate this twisted, complex and chrushingly brutal album 4 stars. Iīm not sure this is the most innovative tech death metal album I have ever heard but itīs very powerful and thatīs more than half the enjoyment for me when it comes to extreme metal.

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