TITLE: Beast of Hypocrisy
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They’re definitely a niche band, so if you like their niche, you know their stuff.
LINEUP: Peter Tagtgren, Mikael Hedlund. Lars Szoke was the main drummer. Horgh replaced him in 2004. Tomas Elofsson, Andreas Holma, and Masse Broberg also contributed
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Long standing death / black metal band from Sweden releases a compilation that shows their musical evolution.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Riffs, solos, growly unintelligible vocals, madcap drumming – all of the aspects of regular death / black metal were there in early Hypocrisy. But after they let go of their original singer Masse Broberg, they started an evolution to using more melodic passages and sonic textures to break up the monotony.
If one is a connoisseur of such sounds, then Hypocrisy is one of the go-to bands in the subset of death metal that is “melodic death metal”, which isn’t an oxymoron. Yet it still features some brutal sounding vocals intertwined with the melodic passages and the guitar riffs.
Even some metalheads can’t wrap their heads around this extreme kind of metal, even with melodic tendencies. That’s understandable, but give Hypocrisy some credit. They are one of the best at what they do, and even if you (like me) can’t abide the growling vocal styles, there’s other stuff here to enjoy.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were going to break up in 1997, but fans convinced them to stay the course. They are still together but haven’t released an album since 2013.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. There is a 2001 collection that has many of the same tracks, and three not on this one.
GRADE: B: After a while, it’s repetitive even with the melodic tracks. I’m exiling this for my collection, but metalheads may want to check them out.