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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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  • nnnienke

    Just discovered.. Pretty awesome!

    21 Jan 8:06pm Reply
  • Schander

    It's coming out early February, but whatever.

    16 Jan 7:05pm Reply
  • iPowder

    Can't wait for the new album! Hope they do a US Tour soon too [2] The self-titled album drops on March 10th (US) via Prosthetic Records! |m|

    16 Jan 4:59pm Reply
  • meddelhed

    It sure went downhill with them after Chalky left

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DaNiVillainous

    Can't wait for the new album! Hope they do a US Tour soon too

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sleepforlife

    New track is killer! Can't wait to hear the rest of the album. (2)

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Kalgaar

    New track is killer! Can't wait to hear the rest of the album.

    4 Nov 2014 Reply

    Screw the "X is so much better than Y". Is it impossible to enjoy more than one band for fuck's sake? New track is legit! Looking forward to more!

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Schander

    "We're very happy to finally announce the signing to Prosthetic and release new music we've been working on for the past two years. 'Echoes To Come' is taken from our upcoming self-titled album, which will see the light of day in early 2015."

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    @GodofDeathMetal: Lacerta and Nosce Teipsum are both solid death metal. Infernal Outcry is also pretty cool if you don't mind prog death metal. They're the better death metal bands that come to mind.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nopuppet

    of course, if you're a true metal head check this out: warning: no death metal!

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Any other Tasmanian metal bands worth listening to besides this one?

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • neeyick

    everyone shut the fuck up and listen to the damn music!

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    They were once in my top 50 (on my CynicalDev account). This band is really killer. 8)

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • DethmanX

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

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Gauffre

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

    4 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • BigAxe49

    Joe Haley is a fucking god

    24 Feb 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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