Cryptopsy Will Take “The Knife, The Head and What Remains,” Thanks


I’m actually feeling pretty optimistic about this new Cryptopsy record, The Book of Torment – Tome 1. The first track we heard from it was surprisingly cool, full of all the frenetic energy that made me love those guys in the first place.

Now, you can hear another new track over at Decibel, and let me tell you, it’s equally killer. It’s called “The Knife, The Head and What Remains,” and according to vocalist Matt McGahy, it’s subject matter is pretty fucking bananas:

“This song is based on a true story about a man who brutally beheaded and ingested pieces of his victim on a Greyhound bus. He claimed that God warned him that this man was sent to kill him and that he must protect the rest of the passengers.”


This appears to be a reference to the murder of Tim McLean by Vince Wiguang Li in 2008, and damn if McGahy’s telling isn’t pretty spot on. Li stabbed him, cut off his head, and did a lot of religiously-driven pacing as he gnawed at the dude’s head.

It’s good to know that while these kinds of horrific news stories aren’t what they used to be in America, Canada is still leading the way in terms of gruesome news perfectly befitting a death metal song.

Anyway, go listen to the track. If you’re reading this on a Greyhound bus, well, watch your ass.

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