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Also known asStranglefuck
OriginRochester, New York, United States
GenresAvant-garde metal, mathcore
Years active2002–2010, 2012
LabelsMetal Blade
Black Market Activities Official MySpace
MembersChristopher Arp
Jason Bauers
Adam Frappolli
Fred Decoste
Past membersGreg Herman
Brian Woodruff
Brian Kelly
Lee Fisher
Corey Barnes
Jon Cole
Harrison Christie
Michael Horn
Matt Dalberth
Brent Glover

Psyopus (sometimes written as PsyOpus) was a mathcore band from Rochester, New York.


Formed in 2002, the band is noted for the unorthodox and extremely technical guitar techniques of Christopher Arp, often referred to as "Arpmandude", because he mainly uses one technique, tapping. In order to receive endorsement deals from various guitar and amp companies, Arp had to send a live video of himself playing in order to prove that he could actually play as fast as he does. Arp considers Psyopus to be a very technically proficient band: "I understand people not understanding us so by default the music comes across as noise but, the music makes sense to us all too much and every 16th note was scrutinized."[1] Regarding learning to play guitar, Arp says: "I learned to play guitar in my bedroom. I got my first guitar in eighth grade. I bought Metallica tablature books, Megadeth books, guitar magazines, didn’t do homework and just played guitar all night."[2]

The band released their 2nd album Our Puzzling Encounters Considered in February 2007. The techniques Arp uses have made it even more difficult to receive any endorsement. Arp himself said, "Mesa Boogie has not done very much to sponsor me because I do too much of this," as he raised his guitar by the whammy bar shaking it up and down. The band released their third studio album Odd Senses, on February 17, 2009.

The band entered an extended hiatus in 2010.

In 2011, Christopher Arp posted several videos of himself on YouTube explaining the history and eventual hiatus of Psyopus.[3]

The band's hiatus may have been interrupted in 2012, when a photo appeared on Arp's Facebook page showing him with Michael Van Munster and Ike Schultz. A comment on the photo by long-time Psyopus producer, Doug White, showed that he was working with the three in the studio.

On October 2012, it was revealed on 'Metal Injection' that Psyopus would be reuniting with three of the four original members: Chris Arp, Adam Frappolli, Fred Decoste. Joining them on drums will be Jason Bauers, who was a member until the hiatus began.[4]

On July 17, 2015, a YouTube video was posted by an account named The Infamous Arpmandude titled "5/21/2013 Chris Arp Imogen's Puzzle and Lecture at the U of R". The video is right under an hour and ten minutes long and shows Arp playing Imogen's Puzzle Pt. 2 and afterward talks about himself and his experiences with playing guitar and a quick rundown on the history of Psyopus. Arp also explains in the video that Psyopus was no longer an active band due to frustrations and hardships.[5]


Current members[edit]

  • Adam Frappolli - lead vocals (2002–2007, 2012)
  • Christopher Arp - guitar (2002–2012)
  • Fred DeCoste - bass (2002–2007, 2012–2012)
  • Jason Bauers - drums, percussion (2007–2012)

Former members[edit]

  • Brian Woodruff - vocals (2008–2010)
  • Greg Herman - drums, percussion (2002–2004) (Shield Your Eyes, Valpurga, Inertia, Kalibas, Low Ton, North American Wildlife)
  • Lee Fisher - drums, percussion (2004–2005) (Commit Suicide, Overlord Exterminator)
  • Corey Barnes - drums, percussion (2005–2006) (Paria)
  • Jon Cole - drums, percussion (2006–2007) (Pillory, See You Next Tuesday)
  • Harrison Christy - lead vocals (2007–2008) (The Jefferson Plane Crash)
  • Michael Horn - bass (2007–2009) (The Osedax, Mod Flanders Conspiracy)
  • Travis Morgan - bass (2009 touring) (Atheist)
  • Brian Kelly - bass (2009 touring)
  • Brent Glover - bass (2009 touring) (Bellicist, Reciprocal)




  1. ^ "Musik Interviews | Künstler, Musiker und Band Interviews". Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  2. ^ "Reprinted Interview with Arpmandude from PsyopusAusGrind: Australian underground grindcore, punk, doom and DIY culture". 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  3. ^ "Arpmandude". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  4. ^ "PSYOPUS Forging A Comeback?". Metal Injection. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
  5. ^ The Infamous Arpmandude, 5/21/2013 Chris Arp Imogen's Puzzle and Lecture at the U of R, retrieved 2018-12-07

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