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10 Years of Chaos and Confusion, and I am two years late. I would slap my own face, but at least I got here in time. Late – very late – but I am, definitely, and finally, here.
My first contact with Hypocrisy was in a car. I had to admit I had a certain prejudice – I don’t really know why, maybe because the human being can not understand properly the difference, or maybe because the name did not tell me much. In sum: pure narrow-mindedness. Okay. Huuum. That sounded good. That sounded REALLY good, what the hell was that? It was, indeed, Hypocrisy.
I think what made me more surprised about the band is that, despite the fact they are a death metal band, they sound so singular. Oh, yes, it’s always about the originality thing. They manage to sound really heavy, but still…atmospheric. Keyboards are allowed, at times; but they’re just in the exact volume to make you notice and distinguish them, but not to be bothered. I admire Peter Tägtgren for many reasons, but his great abilities as a producer is, undoubtedly, the most important one.
In this CD, you can clearly tell the difference between Masse Bromberg and Peter, which is also a plus. Of course, you could say that, being Penetralia Hypocrisy’s first album, it was rawer. Well, the songs were re-recorded. I can also add that I am not a huge fan of distorted bass lines, but in Hypocrisy they sound perfect.
This one is the kind of album you never get tired listening to. It deserves a perfect ten.
Note: any bands who have "greatest hits" albums planned, check Hypocisy's out, cos this is how it's fuckin done. Almost a perfect compilation that satisfied everybody, sort of a like a double ended dildo.
The first disc is Hypocrisy's finest tracks, many of which rerecorded (quite excellently) by Tatgren and co. The sound quality is fucking AMAZING, some of the best production in metal no doubt, and it seriously brings out the power some of the originals were lacking. The rerecording of Penetralia completely demolished me, something that album has never done in the past. Song selection is more or less ace, going for the shit that always gets over (Killing Art, Roswell 47, Fire in the Sky, Pleasure of Molestation), with enough melodic for new fans and enough death metal for old ones ( i am both).
The second disc is "rest in pain" their awful early demos, which I'm sure somebody can find some good in, so more power to em. I think they suck, but diehards will be all over it.
And they had the decency not to put any of their nu material on the first disc, which makes it all the more a killer collection to own. Did I mention the awesome liner notes or the enhanced videos yet? Shit, guess I just did. Hypocrisy are pretty underrated so any wayward metalhead who is unfamiliar with them and stumbles across this review should get this album now.