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Album Review

This sophomore effort followed Hypocrisy's strong debut, Penetralia, and featured even more brutal death metal from one of Sweden's finest practitioners of the genre. Obsculum Obscenum reveals a focused band building momentum while attempting to define a genre (or movement, really) that would dominate European metal for a decade. Hypocrisy simply shreds on this 1993 Nuclear Blast recording, especially during highlights like "Exclamation of a Necrofag" and "Attachment to the Ancestor." Obsculum Obscenum treads dangerously close to black metal territory here with some over the top vocals and anti-religious lyrical sentiments, but overall, guitarist/bandleader Peter Tägtgren's attachment to the Florida death metal sound rings through, creating a fine Nordic metal amalgam. Much more raw and some would say heavier than Hypocrisy's later releases featuring Tägtgren's subdued (by comparison) vocal work, this is an early career gem. As is true for most of this band's recordings, serious metal fans should enjoy Obsculum Obscenum's unapologetic commitment the Swedish death metal genre.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy was formed by Peter Tägtgren in 1990 upon his return to Sweden from Florida, where he had been inspired by that state's flourishing death metal scene (bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Death, and Obituary). Hypocrisy's first demo was recorded entirely by Tägtgren himself; once it secured him a record deal, he recruited a lineup of Masse Broberg (vocals), Jonas Österberg (guitar), Mikael Hedlund (bass), and Lars Szöke (drums), while he himself settled on guitar....
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