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Hobart, Australia (1999 – present)

Psycroptic is a metal band from Hobart, Australia. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast and has so far released five full-length albums.

They formed in 1999 by brothers Dave (drums) and Joe (guitar) Haley who had previously been involved in a band called Disseminate. That group had recorded a demo in 1998 before disbanding. Shortly afterward, the Haleys created Psycroptic with Cameron Grant on bass and vocalist Matthew Chalk, who soon after became a drummer with established local death metal act M. S.I… With assistance from the Tasmanian Council of the Arts, the band recorded ‘The Isle of Disenchantment’ that was designed only as a demo but the result impressed the band enough to release it as a proper CD. Shortly after it was released the band was invited to play shows in Melbourne and in late 2001 they featured at the annual Metal for the Brain festival in Canberra for the first time, later also appearing in 2003 and 2005.

The band recorded its second album ‘The Scepter of the Ancients’ in 2003 for release through American label Unique Leader. The same year the group played its first full Australian tour in support of American death metal band Incantation. The Haley brothers also joined Sydney-based industrial black metal band The Amenta during this period and recorded the album ‘Occasus’ with that group. Dave Haley also worked on an EP called “Atom and Time” with the Hobart black metal band Ruins.


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  • DethmanX

    The collection of sounds I listen to are obviously much better than the collection of sounds you listen to... - kvltbr00talfag1907

    13 Jun 9:10pm Reply
  • Gauffre

    The Scepter of the Ancients. Best TDM album I heard so far.

    4 Mar 10:55pm Reply

    While Pyscroptic are indeed one of the best TDM bands around today, they are not better than Obscura, and have nothing on the first two Cryptopsy albums.

    25 Feb 7:01am Reply
  • BigAxe49

    Joe Haley is a fucking god

    24 Feb 10:14pm Reply
  • Pastiche1

    Psycroptic is way better than Obscura, Cryptopsy, and Neuraxis. Anata is one of the most inconsistent TDM bands, and Suffocation have been mostly average for a while. I love Decrepit Birth, but they clearly do not have a sound of their own, like Psycroptic do.

    21 Feb 2:25pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Scepters' is the only album worth listening to, the debut's alright but pretty dull. Everything else has awful hardcore shouts(i love old school hardcore but hardcore shouts are not meant for death metal) and extremely boring. If you listen to this band, you're just wasting time when you could be listening to far better technical death metal bands like Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Neuraxis, Anata, Obscura, Cryptopsy... anything but this pathetic excuse for death metal.

    19 Jan 5:01pm Reply

    awful band [2]

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Rowolta

    Scepter still rules.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lovemetallica93

    I don't get the reason for everyone hating on the vocalist. I think it adds a great aggressive hardcore appeal to their music, which differentiates them from other tech death bands. Totally bored by all those growlers.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Alisa59

    Not bad! First time listening to this band :)

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • UnkleJonny

    мощно вчера ребятки у нас в чебах отыграли

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Reborn86

    They kicked ass again yesterday in Rotterdam !!

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • defnoob

    awful band

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Beerkiss

    Yeah but claiming that it's not death metal is just silly. I know loads of people hate on the vocals, but they're well solid, remind me quite a bit of Covan from Decapitated.

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ermal1991

    Psycroptic's tradition is of making legendary albums after mediocre ones! I cant wait for the next one!

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lordgorefreak

    The new album is good in its own way! i do still think Scepter is the best one so far though

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • HaeresiarchSr

    You're not saying much, Beerkiss. Those elements can be found in the make up of multiple genres and there also is excellent death metal without all of them.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Beerkiss

    Not a trace of death metal? You mean like all that double pedal, technical riffing and heavy breakdowns? Yeah, I've never heard any of those elements make up death metal.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Reborn86

    Great live band !!

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • Katorevenge

    Ob(Servant) finally clicked! The vocals always created a barrier for me, but it's sounding awesome now.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
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