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Album Review

Back from the bowels of metal limbo comes the mighty Hypocrisy with their self-titled masterpiece. The Final Chapter was supposed to bid the metal community adieu, but it seems that the tremendous impact of that album has brought Peter Tagtgren and company out for another go. Crafting and delivering a slew of brand new, megalithic guitar and bass riffs, Hypocrisy has created a release that is "100 percent pure organic metal" (to quote the scholarly Mr. Schuldiner). From the opener, "Fractured Millennium," to the galloping Iron Maidenish "Fusion Programmed Minds," one sees them as a changed band. Focusing primarily on writing infectious, catchy songs based around heavy, distorted, distinct melody patterns and simplified drum/bass beats, Hypocrisy's sound has completely gelled. The solos in "Reversed Reflections" sound like an updated version of Maiden's "Wasted Years," except it's bigger and, dare say, better. Truly though, the cornerstone of this mammoth release is certainly "Elastic Inverted Visions," with its gliding, bombastic guitar crunch and harmonized chorus. If only the paranormal X-files lyrics were available for the listening public, then the album would truly be bliss in Swedish metal terms. Only one song feels out of place, "Time Warp," with its crusty metal-core overtones, while the rest of the album rests on divine equilibrium. Seek this out at all costs.

Customer Reviews

At Their Best

Simply put, Hypocrisy has never sounded better. This album is a sonic adventure. This is good heavy metal. If you like good heavy metal, then you'll like this album. Giddy up.

Hypocrisy at thier best

like the title says, this is hypocrisy at its best, Elastic Inverted Visions and Disconnected Magnetic Corridors are waaay underrated, almost nobody has heard of it, SPREAD THE DEATH METAL!

Missing a song....

There should be a 10th track, titled "Paled Empty Sphere". Other than that, this is indeed an essential Hypocrisy album. Fractured Millenium, Fusion Programmed Minds, and Elastic Inverted Visions are all classic songs.

Biography

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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