Hypocrite - _Into the Halls of the Blind_
(No Fashion Records, 1999)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
No, Hypocrite do -not- really sound like Hypocrisy, even though they are also a Swedish death metal band. This is more mid-paced melodic death metal and, even if not entirely dissimilar to Hypocrisy, once you consider the crowd that now constitutes the Swedish death metal scene, there's not much more than the band name to remind you of Hypocrisy in particular. Hypocrite are one of those very competent Swedish bands that don't really stand out from the crowd; nevertheless, would the whole album have been as good as its three or four best songs, the rating would have been a bit higher. As it is, several tracks are just average Swedish death metal and the whole album is the usual mix of really nice moments and passages that just keep you waiting for the next really nice moment and not much else. Produced by Dismember's Fred Estby, _Into the Halls of the Blind_ turns out to have a less than stellar production -- sounds to me like it could have been stronger, especially the vocals. All put together, it's one of those Swedish death metal albums that are unlikely to disappoint any fans of the genre, without being anything outstanding overall either.

(article published 19/5/1999)

10/11/1996 B Meloon 6 Hypocrite - Edge of Existence
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