Once Was Not

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Once Was Not
Cryptopsy - Once Was Not.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 2005
RecordedVortex Studio, St.Constant, Quebec, Canada
GenreTechnical death metal
LanguageEnglish, French, German
LabelCentury Media
ProducerSebastien Marsan and Cryptopsy
Cryptopsy chronology
None So Live
Once Was Not
The Unspoken King
Embossed digipack slipcover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press5/5[2]
Blabbermouth9/10 stars[3]
Chronicles of Chaos8.5/10[5]
Stylus MagazineB+[6]

Once Was Not is the fifth album by Canadian technical death metal band Cryptopsy.

Once Was Not is the first album to feature original vocalist Lord Worm since 1996's None So Vile, and would be his last with the band. It is also the first album not to feature original guitarist Jon Levasseur. Unlike previous albums, where Lord Worm's lyrical content consisted of gore, blasphemy, and sex, his lyrics on Once Was Not dealt with topics that affect the human race, such as war, famine, plague, and death.

A digipack edition was released, limited to 10,000 copies, which comes in an embossed digipack with an entirely gold-ink-printed booklet.

A video was filmed for the track "The Pestilence That Walketh in Darkness".

Track listing[edit]

2."In the Kingdom Where Everything Dies, the Sky Is Mortal"5:21
4."Adeste Infidelis"4:38
5."The Curse of the Great"5:21
6."The Frantic Pace of Dying"4:33
7."Keeping the Cadaver Dogs Busy"5:58
9."The Pestilence that Walketh in Darkness (Psalm 91: 5-8)"3:26
10."The End"2:49
11."Endless Cemetery"5:20
12."Cold Hate, Warm Blood" (live) (Japanese bonus track) 
13."We Bleed" (live) (Japanese bonus track) 
Total length:49:40



Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jon Levasseur – guitar on "Luminium"
  • François Quévillon – artwork, design
  • Martin Lacroix – artwork, illustration
  • Ange Curcio – engineering (drums)
  • U.E. Nastasi – mastering
  • Sébastien Marsan – production, engineering, mixing
  • Filip Ivanovic – booklet cover, back cover illustrations


  1. ^ "Once Was Not - Cryptopsy - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Heisel, Scott (31 January 2006). "Give the drummer some--or else". Alternative Press. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Roadrunner Records Page Not Found". Roadrunner Records Official Website.
  4. ^ Perri, David. "Hardwares: Cryptopsy - Once Was Not". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  5. ^ Azevedo, Pedro (10 October 2005). "Cryptopsy - Once Was Not : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  6. ^ Lee, Cosmo (25 October 2005). "Cryptopsy - Once Was Not - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 6 June 2009.