Hypocrisy - _Hypocrisy_
(Nuclear Blast / PHD, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (
How could anyone not like this record? It's got everything. Ace song writing. Ace production. Ace guitar work. Hell, throw singer/guitarist/producer/whatever-else-he-can-do Peter Tagtgren into the picture (helping make sure all comes together nicely) and this is an unstoppable metal machine, folks. The follow-up to 1998's all powerful _The Final Chapter_ (and what was their supposed swan song out of the business) is extra special for Tagtgren, the band and their fans. This is a rebirth in style, sound and inspiration to some degree. This is a strong record and most certainly recognized as the second coming of the band. Sure there is a lot at stake here with making a superb record (mission accomplished!), but there lies more to this band's survival at stake than just that. The key to this record and the role of Hypocrisy within the realms of metal is Tagtgren's admiration for the material Hypocrisy is working on. He's loving where the band is headed and it shows. Melodies and brutality mesh so eloquently on the new record. Riffs have strengthened in size and Tagtgren's vocals have never been more sinister. Lost within a soundscape of brutality to the nines, Tagtgren and co. rip at us 'till we can move no more. Get crushed by such numbers as "Elastic Inverted Vision", "Time Warp" and the ultra-cool "Fractured Millennium". Hypocrisy has always been a band that has delivered the goods, though this time it seems as though the goods seem to be in a bigger and more impressive format. Hypocrisy, take a bow. This LP rules!
(article published 6/15/1999)
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