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Nefarious - 84%

OzzyApu, September 1st, 2012

Gruff is this beast that Hypocrisy had created. The meaty death metal carried over from Penetralia was wrought with sinister undertones, but this sophomore pushes that trait to the front. Musically, it's the same beefy, ferocious riff package that Penetralia was, but with such an evil tone that it makes for a twisted album. Obsculum Obscenum, Hypocrisy's darkest release in one sense, does not let up one bit. Its sense of melody and brutality can be misunderstood, but it has all of its compositional properties in the right places.

With that cover art as an indicator, this album is not an easy sitting for those looking for delectable leads or harmonies. This album is as serious of a death metal album as it is a demented, grueling interpretation of this Swedish brand of music. Tägtgren's handling of the guitars is barbaric, with a flesh-ripping, crispy guitar tone and lots of desiccated riffs to creep and blitz. Their power is doom / death in flavor and they're supported by Hedlund's very clunky playing. The bass is fat, but you can also hear the rumble of it lingering under the riffs. They combine with Szoke's standard, battering performance of clamoring snares and pummeling double bass (not mechanical sounding anymore). There's nothing to hype except their compatibility with the crushing demeanor of this album.

Production is similar to the debut in clarity, but there's a sonic vibrancy tone-wise that creates a richer atmosphere for Obsculum Obscenum. Penetralia pulled this off perfectly with its title track, but here it's spread out more. From the eerie atmosphere to the brutality beneath it, there's this yearning for psychotic and nightmarish impulses. The one that percolates these implications effortlessly is Broberg. His vocals are primal growls not unlike what Tägtgren himself would do on the next album. They're clear and perverse in their delivery, as Broberg scatters screams, spits, and grunts as if acting out the album's underlying desires.

One personal gripe is that this album isn't as memorable as Penetralia. It's hard to come to terms with that, especially with such staples like the opener, "Inferior Devoties," "Infant Sacrifices", and the closer "Althotas". All of the songs on here feature the same jagged, primitive intensity without a hint of mercy (regardless of their tempos). It's an approach that causes the songs to blend together without compromising too much because of the consistency of the tracklist. It's certainly one thing that knocks it down, with another being the unnecessary Venom cover in the middle. With these problems aside, though, this album is a death metal indulgence that shouldn't be passed up.