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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

Strange Release, Unnecessary

I was excited to see something new by Hypocrisy, even if it's only a 'beast' of compilation, but on closer inspection this is a pretty weird and, for me, unnecessary release. What I mean is that the track listing is almost, if not actually, identical to last fall's Hypocrisy -Live Hell Over Sophia release, including the bonus live Roswell 47 video. So that was basically a live greatest hits and this release is its studio-version twin. Does one really need both? Especially when, IMO, the live version is so much better- better playing, more energy, outstanding production- a truly great live album.
For long time fans who own Hypocrisy's back catalog it would not be hard to make your own version of this by creating, then burning a playlist, reloading it into I-Tunes and changing the relevant info to reflect the new album name, and grabbing the artwork off of the Internet.
As much as I like these guys I'll pass on this one and keep enjoying 'Hell Over Sophia'.

umm what

What's with the review? This isn't a new album with new songs, why is the review treating it as such? Somebody who actually knows Hypocrisy please fix this ASAP.

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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