Hypnos - _In Blood We Trust_
(Morbid, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (8 out of 10)
Evil Dead samples and references may not be original as features of death metal albums, but that makes them no less cool. Hypnos do themselves the credit of choosing a good tone-setting edit from the first film (the recitation from "The Book of the Dead") for their intro, and don't even completely spoil things when they come crashing in with their music. This quick-fire follow-up to Hypnos' self-titled EP is cruder and simpler than the output of the death metal scene's leaders, but nonetheless offers a well-constructed and more-than-usually varied platter of music. Mixing brutality, melody, good solos and dynamic work into a well-rounded package, Hypnos impress and invigorate to a surprising extent, though they ultimately fail to have you headbanging and screaming their name from the rooftops. As regards the band's own progression, they've improved their production and developed their songwriting: the five non-EP tracks presented here remind less of Krabathor than the EP did. The result is to place Hypnos near or on top of the Czech death metal pile, in my eyes.

(article published 10/1/2001)

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