Hypocrisy
Into the Abyss


2.0
poor

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
October 15th, 2007 | 33 replies | 3,545 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes heavy doesn't mean good.

I tried. For everyone out there ready to dissect everything I say and then tear me apart later, I just want to say I tried to like this album. I tried to imagine everything I had heard about Hypocrisy was true, but sadly it isn't. There is absolutely no excuse to put down 8 out of 10 songs of the same thing. No excuse. It's not like those 8 songs are just average either, no, they are almost painful to listen to. The guitar distortion is way too heavy, the bass is simplistic at best, the vocals sound as if the band was trying too hard to make a straight up Death Metal album, when clearly they can write a hell of a lot better if they play Melodic Death Metal. Sometimes though, two good songs aren't enough to pull an album out of the obliterating car accident which is the rest of the album. I'm pretty sure this isn't Hypocrisy at their best, but even so, with the amount of praise this band gets, they could have made something better than this.

Ok, rough start there. I'm not the kind of person who normally dislikes an album, especially an album from a band so highly esteemed as Hypocrisy. It really takes a whole lot for me to give an album less than a 2.5, because I normally don't even think about buying albums which miss the bar by that much. I decided to give Hypocrisy a go though, and made a blind eye purchase with their album Into The Abyss. Everything about the album screamed awesome, that is until I actually put the CD into my stereo. Awesome cover art, awesome album name, awesome looking book on the inside. It might be that I was expecting too much from this album, but this thing just ruined my day. The album sounded bad, with a huge lack of creativity throughout almost the entire album, Into The Abyss felt like one giant rush job, simply to get this thing out of the door to keep fans happy. A band with such a long history as Hypocrisy should know better though, because the more you rush an album out the door, the worse it turns out.

We'll start off with the good stuff first, because I think I've shoved enough criticism down your throat by now. Two songs here stand out, and show that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel for Hypocrisy. It's funny now that I look at it, but the two best songs on here are also the two longest songs on the album, which shows that when Hypocrisy takes their time and actually writes a fairly long song, things turn out a lot better. I'm not saying that all the shorter songs in the world are terrible, it just seems this is the way things turned out on this album. We start off with the third track, entitled "Resurrected", and close it with the stunning final track "Deathrow (No Regrets)". These two songs show how Hypocrisy can write a very, very good song simply by creating something different. With "Resurrected", the pace is very slow and crushing, with some awesome distorted vocals which really add some depth and variety to the otherwise bland sound put forth on this album. The guitars get more melodic as the song progresses, something which Hypocrisy is apparently very good at, since any time when an actual melody is introduced into the song it turns into something amazing. Here, the melodies introduce an dark, epic atmosphere and mood to the song, which is apparent as "Resurrected" progresses forward, showing that Hypocrisy has the capability of writing a good song. The highlight of this album is also the closer, "Deathrow (No Regrets)". Everything about this song is amazing, from the haunting beginning choir to the perfect guitar harmonies. It just begs the question, "Why the hell can't Hypocrisy write a whole album of songs like these!?!?". As shown in these two songs, Hypocrisy slows things down to add to the doom-metal-like heaviness, removing the chaos and replacing it with an ordered masquerade of melodies and hissing vocals coupled with some awesome guitar solos. Yes, this sounds remotely like the Hypocrisy I had heard so much about.

It really is too bad though, that the rest of this album drives those two songs so far into the pavement that all remembrance of them disappears. I think the main fault here is the sad attempt by Hypocrisy to divert from what they are good at (Melodic Death) and go towards something they obviously fail at (Regular Death Metal). It's almost too much to take in one sitting. The vocals simply don't mix with the chaotic drumming and the simple, crushing guitar riffs which play as fast as humanly possible in the background over and over and over again. The bass guitar doesn't help here, it is extremely simplistic and I think it's actually over-produced on this album, because during virtually every single verse I can hear it lying under the slightly distorted guitars, creating an annoying low plucking sound which drives me mad. The bass guitarist seems not to realize that he would sound a whole lot better if he actually tried to combine his bass in with the electric guitar and couple it up, adding that heavy, low undertone which sounds so good in Death Metal if it is done correctly. I really have no complaints about the drums, because it is one of the few things done right on this album, then again it's hard to mess up drums on a metal album unless they are pretty much nonexistent. Songs such as "Total Eclipse" and "Legions Descend" sound extremely alike, with nothing really separating them from one another.

Creativity and innovation is a huge factor for me when it comes to music I like, and Hypocrisy isn't up to par in this respect. Ok, they have keyboards, that doesn't mean innovation is present in their sound. It may not have been a main goal of theirs to create something new, but please don't give me an album dozens of bands before you could have released. It's basically everyone playing as fast as you can for as long as possible before your hands become tired and you have to quit. Vocally, this album isn't much to look at either. It's either a higher-pitched hiss or a lower-pitched death metal growl, which is something I've certainly heard a million times before. The lack of creativity brings to mind The Absence's newest album Riders Of The Plague, being a huge disappointment and also one giant blur in the head of a metal fan who was so desperate to hear something new and groundbreaking, which was meant to leave a lasting impression. Instead, we have pure mediocrity. The one big difference between Into The Abyss and Riders Of The Plague is the fact that on Riders Of The Plague, there was a ton of catchy melodies, just no variance. Here, we don't have the melodies (save two songs), and we certainly don't have the variance.

No thank you Sir, I do NOT want some more.


Pros

+ "Deathrow (No Regrets)" and "Resurrected"
+ Solid Drumming
+ I Didn't Pay A Whole Lot For This

Cons

- Terrible Bass
- Vocals Are Painful To Listen To
- No Variety Except Two Songs
- Guitars Are Disappointing
- Almost No Melody From A Supposed "Melodic Death" Band



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blackened07
October 15th 2007



949 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review. And I agree this album is meh.

BallsToTheWall
October 15th 2007



44197 Comments


Swelkl review as usual. Hypocrisy for some reason has been that band I could never get into. I only have "The Arrival" but never struck a chord with me.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Willie
Moderator
October 15th 2007



15915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd have to agree with you on this too... I've heard so much about these guys, and have tried songs and albums from time to time, and have never seen what the big deal is...

Nice review... but it has to be in order to put down a highly regarded band.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2007



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks for the comments, I agree with you Balls, Hypocrisy really isn't a band I can get into. This album simply proves my point.This Message Edited On 10.15.07

kalkal50
October 15th 2007



2386 Comments


Hah. Bad luck on the purchase, but yes this is probably one of Hypocrisy's worst albums. Fairly good review.

BallsToTheWall
October 15th 2007



44197 Comments


To be honest, "Eraser" is the only song from them I can play repeatedly. It has a very sinister feel to it and an insanely catchy chorus.

Willie
Moderator
October 15th 2007



15915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hah. Bad luck on the purchase, but yes this is probably one of Hypocrisy's worst albums.
Funny, that's exactly what someone said to me when I left a comment about how bad their album "Catch 22" is, and how I was pissed about buying it...This Message Edited On 10.15.07

masscows
October 15th 2007



2236 Comments


all hypocrisy i've heard has bored me to tears, won't be getting this.

Zoo
October 15th 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude, it was a great review, until I read the following:
[quote=Crysis]The lack of creativity brings to mind The Absence's newest album Riders Of The Plague, being a huge disappointment and also one giant blur in the head of a metal fan who was so desperate to hear something amazingly catchy and melodic, which was meant to leave a lasting impression.[/quote]
I fail to see how Riders of the Plague wasn't catchy and melodic. Comparing it to this album, considering the rating you gave this, it's........I don't know what to say.
[quote=masscows]all hypocrisy i've heard has bored me to tears, won't be getting this.[/quote]
Same here.

deathtotheinfidels
October 15th 2007



180 Comments


zooyorker6....Riders of the Plague was a very mediocre album at best. It was melodic, and not melodic in the good kind of way. It is mega boring, and hardly thrash at all. More like trash. I am so sick of every magazine claiming these guys are the next big thing in thrash music. Their first album was very thrashy. This, not so much.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 15th 2007



3709 Comments


...Melodic in the bad kind of way? What

Zoo
October 16th 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First of all, there is no such thing "bad" melodiousness. If you find it bad, then it isn't melodic. Secondly, they are not trash and ROTP is a new, refreshing piece in a genre that has become stale. Last but not least, were you here long enough, you would know that I had been praising this band and hyping ROTP long before any magazine had even caught a whiff of it. So I think you can guess where I'd tell you to put your implications that I'm just another fanboy listening to the media and jumping on the bandwagon.

I built the fucking bandwagon.

deathtotheinfidels
October 16th 2007



180 Comments


zooyorker....how can there be no such thing as bad melodiousness? There are plenty bad melodic bands that write bland, boring riffs. Atreyu has some melodic songs that are terrible.

"I built the ****ing bandwagon."

This last quote is mega fail. Seriously. And I have been here for a while now, I just keep getting banned. But seriously, how can you say their is no bad melodic music out there? That just doesn't even make sense. Jesus... And I know you have been pushing Riders of the Plague for a while since you had the album as your avatar up until a little while ago. Do not test me, n00b.

deathtotheinfidels
October 16th 2007



180 Comments



"I built the ****ing bandwagon."

Seriously.....You had me in tears.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2007



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I fail to see how Riders of the Plague wasn't catchy and melodic. Comparing it to this album, considering the rating you gave this, it's........I don't know what to say.


I should probably clarify that, I was referring to Riders Of The Plague in the sense that it was equally as repetitive as this album, I was saying that the Hypocrisy album wasn't catchy or melodic, not the Absence album. If you read one sentence later I state that Riders Of The Plague was full of catchy and melodic riffs. I may edit that sentence to clarify what I meant by it.

Shattered_Future
October 16th 2007



1540 Comments


10 Years Of Chaos And Confusion is a terrific Hypocrisy album. All the ones before and after that only have scattered songs that I like.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 16th 2007



3709 Comments


There are plenty bad melodic bands that write bland, boring riffs. Atreyu has some melodic songs that are terrible.
That's because the Atreyu is horrible at song writing, not because the music is melodic.

Altmer
October 16th 2007



5652 Comments


I prefer melodic bands over all out thrashing tbqh.

deathtotheinfidels
October 16th 2007



180 Comments


A good mixture of melodic and thrash is key for me. That is why I like From Your Grave so much. Almost each song started off thrash and then had some good, melodic riffs. A lot of the songs off From Your Grave followed this formula, and I loved it. It's funny that that this Hypocrisy album is so lame, that this has turned into an Absence thread. haha

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2007



16315 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like my Melodic Death Metal with an extra serving of Melodic and light Death.



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