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Album Review

Hypocrisy just barely cross into black metal territory with their follow-up to the successful The Fourth Dimension, Abducted. Guitarist/vocalist Peter Tägtgren not only delivers some of the heaviest guitar playing of his career, he makes significant strides with his voice as well. Instead of exclusive reliance on the typical cookie-monster grunting featured on The Fourth Dimension (the musician's first attempt at vocals), Tägtgren expands his repertoire to include sub-sonic growls and piercing black metal screeches, along with the grunts and hollers he had already mastered. In fact, on the title track, the singer/guitarist shifts his voice through all three styles, lending a new dynamic to his band's music. That music, specifically Tägtgren's guitar playing, is an essential element of Abducted's success. The record opens with some truly massive guitar tones that decorate cuts like "Roswell 42" and "Killing Art" and never let up throughout the 13-song track list. Simply stated, this is another highly recommended effort from Hypocrisy.

Customer Reviews

Pinnacle of Swedish Melodeath

Don't get me wrong, I love Dark Tranquility, In Flames, and At the Gates, but I do personally believe that this album is superior. There is quite a big difference in the sound on this album than the bands I just mentioned, most notably is the atmosphere and lyrics. This album (obviously) does not have a gothen burg sound to it, instead it has more of a Sci-fi feel on it, and the lyrics primarily deal with aliens and abductions (which are my personal favorite topics ever). This album has its own signature sound to it, still there is nothing like this album. It is quite diverse it opens up with The Gathering (A clip dealing with a UFO sighting/encounter) which flawlessly flows into Roswell 47, which is basically Hypocrisies anthem, which then goes into Killing Art which is a flawless Death Metal track, which opens up with a very cool sci-fi feeling riff and never really slows down. This album quite a diverse set of tracks ranging from more of a Death Metal sound like Killing Art and Abducted, and slower more atmospheric tracks like Arrival of the Demons and back to back ballads at the very end of the album, which makes replay value very high. If you like Death Metal or Melodeath you must own this and most other Hypocrisy releases after this album. Favorite tracks: Killing Art, Arrival of the Demons, and Point of No Return.


This album is my 3rd favorite album from Hypocrisy. And it is a classic... Hypocrisy was in a creative groove at this time.

Mainstream, but Good

The only real problem with this album is that the quality drops off noticably towards the end, but the record's amazing first half more than makes up for it. Melodic death metal with plenty of venom and a sci-fi atmosphere.


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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