Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Initial Impressions: Hypocrisy: Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is a Ludvika, Sweden death metal band that was a part of the Stockholm death metal scene. They have always stood out just a little bit from groups like Entombed, Grave, Dismember and the like though because of their more experimental nature. This album is a pretty good example of that.

By this point in the band's career, they had become much more melodic. But, this is still an incredibly brutal album. The band has also experimented a lot with atmosphere for this release. The usual elements that make up the Hypocrisy sound are here, such as heavy, chainsaw riffs and Peter Tagtren's distinctive vocal style, but the band has crafted a dark and gloomy atmosphere to go along with it. Tagtren also uses some clean vocals on this, which is a little unusual for him.

I absolutely love the fourth track, "Elastic Inverted Visions". It is melodic and somber, but with some great vocals delivered by Tagtren. It is a very good example of later Hypocrisy music.

This album turned off a lot of people from reading reviews of it. But there are a lot of people who absolutely love it as well. I fall into the latter category. This is already one of my favorite albums from the band, and I have only heard it once.

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