Hypocrisy
Catch 22 (V2.0.08)


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
May 26th, 2008 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Hmm, since everyone in Hypocrisy is busy with everything but Hypocrisy, Peter Tagtgren decided he would essentially redo their most misunderstood album, Catch 22. Fans took it as a backhand bitchslap since they thought it sounded nu-metal and wimpy, pretty much the same scenario as Metallica's Black Album. On this re-release, Peter aimed to achieve, as Woody Allen would say, heaviosity. Well, here's a pat on the freakin back Peter.

From the first song, you'll notice the drums are more sound and deep. The guitars are completely remastered, and sound way more like death metal than the "lack-of-punch" from before. Just these two things make this album sound more...appropriate. Songs like Uncontrolled and A Public Puppet are actually badass now instead of just ok, just from a bit of editing. And sorry for any who wondered, there's no extra solos. All keyboards and what have you haven't seemed to be touched, and still sound fantastic, especially in Hatred. All Turns Black is a completely different song. Anyone who felt it had potential to be great will be fulfilled here.

The most noticeable change in the album is the vocals. They haven't just been remastered, they've been redone. If you enjoyed Peter's deeper vocals from Virus, place those here with a bit more higher screaming. His sing-screams sound way better than before, in that they sound more powerful. Hell, all the vocals sound more powerful and forceful. The ONLY problem I had with them is that at the end of Don't Judge Me, he didn't do that awesome alien giggle. Also, Turn The Page has rid itself of almost all the high screams he had before, which I personally liked better. Almost all vocal overdubs are gone as well; usually it works, but in songs like Hatred, it would've been better to incorporate those.

For one dude to take an album and turn it 180, retain the same feel but pack it with more energy and attitude, it's pretty awesome that this didn't suck. It's almost like the re-release is a completely different album. If you enjoy the old one then you'll love this. Plus, the bonus track included here is nothing short of awesome, sounds like it belongs on their self-titled album. I do have one bone to pick here though. Peter said he redid the album because people didn't understand it though he felt it was "***ing awesome." In my opinion, that's a poor reason to redo the album, because he was happy with it before, and that's good. All in all, it's definantly worth checking out if you liked or disliked the old Catch 22. I doubt this will welcome anyone who never cared for Hypocrisy, but this is more for the fans than anything, which I commend.

Worth listening to before you buy:
Don't Judge Me
Hatred
Seeds Of The Chosen One
All Turns Black



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Hawks
May 26th 2008


35838 Comments


Good review. I've never heard the original of this and it sounds pretty bad so im not going to check that out, but i'll probably get this. This Message Edited On 05.26.08

fireaboveicebelow
May 26th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm one of the few who enjoyed the original, but yeah you should get this instead

Essence
May 26th 2008


3586 Comments


I liked the original Catch-22, though as a Hypocrisy release, it lacked some punch.

Hawks
May 26th 2008


35838 Comments


Does the original really sound like Nu Metal?

Essence
May 26th 2008


3586 Comments


No, not really...

Hawks
May 26th 2008


35838 Comments


Ok good.

fireaboveicebelow
May 26th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it sounds like an unpolished hypocrisy cd into the abyss-era. it's worth comparing both if you're bothering to check out either one.

Hawks
May 26th 2008


35838 Comments


I probably wont get this original, i'll probably just end up getting this one. I already have Virus and two of the early albums Penatralia and Osculum Obscentum.

VicariousIntent
May 26th 2008


1594 Comments


Actually pretty interested to hear this, without any prior knowledge of the band at all...that means this was a good review indeed. Nice work, I'm going to look into this album.

fireaboveicebelow
May 26th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yay! thank you

Rumpelnostran
May 27th 2008


22 Comments


it's definitely an interesting release... but I can't pick the better one. both have their charm. this is by far the most 'painish' hypocrisy release... maybe this is why the record is dear enough to mr t for him to rerecord it in order to please the fans?

fireaboveicebelow
May 27th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I never really thought it sounded like pain since there's no electronics so I doubt that's it

Dethtrasher
May 27th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Extreme props for reviewing this! I loved the original version so I will get this as soon as possible.

BallsToTheWall
May 27th 2008


44644 Comments


Oh wow, this is out already, nice. I'm getting this and Peter Tagtren is one of my favorite metal vocalists. Solid review.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

FR33L0RD
May 27th 2008


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet...i will get this album soon.
I love the work of Peter Tagtren.

SylentEcho
May 27th 2008


1573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I prefer this version for all songs except Destroyed. Great work by them again.

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, but I don't think the original simply suffered from a bad production and questionable vocals, it also suffered from bad song writing. So, I mean you can polish a turd and spray some perfume on it, but at the end of it all you're still going to have a turd.

fireaboveicebelow
May 28th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the original is far from turd-dom...its more like mcdonalds food...(great argument)

Is there any Hypocrisy album you enjoy willie?This Message Edited On 05.28.08

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I've only heard pieces of albums mostly, but I liked "Abducted", and that was what prompted me to buy Catch-22 since, at the time, it was the latest album out by them (because of Catch 22 it turned out to be the only Hypocrisy album I've ever bought).

fireaboveicebelow
May 28th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't see a reason why you wouldn't enjoy their self-titled...8D



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