CRYPTOPSY Guitarist To Sit Out Upcoming Shows; Temporary Replacement Announced


Guitarist Jon Levasseur of Canadian extreme metal veterans CRYPTOPSY will be forced to sit out the band’s dates in support of their new, self-titled album. Filling in for him will be former CRYPTOPSY member Youri Raymond.

Raymond left CRYPTOPSY in December 2011, explaining in a statement that “it’s in the best interest of both the band and I to part ways.” He added, “As a musician, moving from guitar to bass was a great challenge, but honestly, I never really felt comfortable in that position and my motivation in general was stagnating.”

The self-titled new album from CRYPTOPSY will be released in the U.S. on November 20 via Cryptopsy/Defen Society in association with Revulotion Harmony/Candlelight Records. Pre-orders for the album are available through the band at

The cover artwork for “Cryptopsy” was created by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie (MNEMIC).

CRYPTOPSY in January tapped bassist Olivier Pinard (NEURAXIS, VENGEFUL) as the replacement for guitarist-turned-bassist Youri Raymond.