"End of Disclosure"

By Dr. Abner Mality

This album is being marketed as "back to basics" for Hypocrisy. Funny, I thought that's what the last album "A Taste of Extreme Divinity" was.  Press hype can be pretty amusing sometimes. I'd say "End of Disclosure" doesn't sound too much different than its fact, I'd say I like it a tad less.

But it's another example of what I call "true" melodic death metal. Not watered down stuff like In Flames, Children of Bodom and what-not, but really heavy death metal packed with robust melodies. The ghosts of past Hypocrisy triumphs like "Roswell 47" and "Abducted" hover over the title track, "The Eye" and "The Return"...tons of double guitar harmonies, raw screaming vocals, an epic feel and a dusting of synth mark all of these tunes. So no major revelations here, but rather Hypocrisy doing what they do best. Not very many death metal bands playing this style these days. There are some quite brutal moments here..."Tales of Thy Spineless" has a touch of the old school black metal to it,  "When Death Calls" and "Hell Is Where I Stay" have  crunching heavy riffs to spare. But the real prize is "44 Double Zero"...this is amazingly catchy and yet still aggressive.

Peter Tagtgren and his boys are an odd bunch. They produce enjoyable and fairly unique death metal albums such as "End of Disclosure", but I have a hard time remembering much about them in the long run and have little desire to revisit them.
Anybody expecting a return to stuff like "Pleasure of Molestation" will be disappointed, but those who like the Hypocrisy of the last 10 to 15 years are highly encouraged to check out "End of Disclosure".