Hypocrisy
Catch 22


4.5
superb

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
November 17th, 2005 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Hypocrisy – Catch 22

Album Information
This album was released in 2002 by the death-metal trio from Sweden; this album has influences from the now disbanded Pantera and it has a heavier sound and more rhythmic in the songs. This album has not much fragments from the death-metal scene and Lars did say in a interview that the band had cut out pretty much of the satanic and violent stuff that they have in their other albums. The lyrics is more based around politics and feelings towards people. This album is like a fan-splitting album, this album may be a dissapointment to the most dedicated fans to the band because of its heavyness. But this is a great album to those who never heard death-metal before, it is not as raw and intensive as their other material. I would categorize this album as heavy/death-metal.

Track Information
The songs on this album sure is different than the others, these songs are heavier and more ¨friendly¨ to the listeners. The vocals is Peter’s ordinary harsch screaming and the instrumental part is somewhat improved like his guitars. The guitar sounds more powerful and brutal than the screamy and scratchy tunes on the previous records (except The Fourth Dimension). Finally we can hear Hedlunds bass on this album, it doesn’t sounds clear because I found it a distorted but you can hear it. Lars’s drumming is not to advanced in this album, he plays yet simple drumparts which sounds perfect to the songs. Those who have heard Lars Ulrich’s drums in St.Anger get a bit reminding on these tracks but this sounds really great.

The songs is as I said before more rhythmic and well-structured, there are slow/grinding songs like Hatred and Destroyed. There is also songs with the well-known over-the-top drumming and those songs are for example A Public Puppet, Don’t Judge Me and Another Dead End (for another dead man). These songs are very similar to Pantera’s material, chunky riffing, intensive drumming and aggressive vocals.

The only most melodic track is Edge Of Madness, it starts with a melodic and sadly keyboard intro. This intro is played along the main riff and I didn’t know that it could sound that great. The lyrics are about the world and its problems like economics and other politic-realated stuff. Turn The Page is the albums most ferosious and fastest songs, it played with a pitched riff along with the well-sounding bass. Aggressive and frustrated vocals and it has the same tempo throughout the song.

Most albums Hypocrisy has at least one ending ballad or something like that. This ballad sounds flat and uniteresting, the lyrics is about his miserable life which is based on broken promises, lies and stuff like that. The song ¨Slippin Away¨ has worse lyrics about suicide but the intrumental part is more melodic and its calm tempo. This ballad has bad vocals and boring slow riffs and no real solo if I say so, there is no classic ¨Hypocrisy¨ chanting or acoustics.

Final Rating
This was my very first death-metal album which I borrowed from a friend, it took some time to get used to it but at the end the songs finally got stuck on my mind. I think this is one of the best albums yet Hypocrisy has made and this is also one of my favorite albums. I think every death-metal fan should get this CD or at least heard a few songs from it. Good variation of songs and they all are perfect and you don’t get tired of the album so quick. The only thing that lowers the rating is the boring ballad so the final rating will be: 4.5/5

Recommended Tracks
-Turn The Page
-Hatred
-A Public Puppet
-Egde Of Madness

Pros
-More base in the guitars
-Good bass (Finally)
-Good variation of the songs
-Listener friendly

Cons
-To few melodic moments
-To few songs
-The track ¨All Turns Black¨



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dethtrasher
November 17th 2005


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please give me some feedback, I think it seemed short but...

Storm In A Teacup
November 17th 2005


13228 Comments


A few grammer issues. Average review.

Shadows
Moderator
November 17th 2005


2530 Comments


Not a bad review. I suggest adding more detail, perhaps adding information on what specific aspects of the album you like. It also helps to give examples in the form of songs and elaborate.

Other then that, nice job. I've been meaning to get into these guys because they look interesting, but I've been skeptical.

Dethtrasher
November 18th 2005


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok, I have added some more info so I hope you like it. You are welcome to give comments.

I could recommend a few songs if you want, but you have to tell me what kind of songs that I could recommend.This Message Edited On 11.18.05

Dead_Trench
November 29th 2005


159 Comments


I love how they can switch from being insanely cathcy to bonecrushing metal. The best example is the song Destroyed, which is my favourite from this album.

Cravinov13
November 29th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Destroyed probably is the best. Virus and their self-titled are way better though.

Dethtrasher
December 5th 2005


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To be honest I think that this is one of their catchiest albums. And I think that this sounds more like Pantera material because of the vocals for example. They are more ¨pissed-off¨ rather than death vocals.

But it sounds great though!

Cravinov13
December 5th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Hmm... Pantera = good music, so I guess that's a good thing

Cravinov13
February 16th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I finally got this album, and here are my track ratings:

1. Don't Judge Me (3.5/5)
2. Destroyed (4.5/5)
3. Edge Of Madness (4/5)
4. A Public Puppet (4/5)
5. Uncontrolled (5/5)
6. Turn The Page (5/5)
7. Hatred (4.5/5)
8. Another Dead End (4/5)
9. Seeds Of The Chosen One (4/5)
10. All Turns Black (4/5)

Dethtrasher
February 17th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm so with you except that I would give the last track 3/5.

Cravinov13
February 18th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I dunno. I love Peter Tagtren's clean voclas.

Dethtrasher
February 18th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dig his vocals too but the track sounded to flat for my taste.

FR33L0RD
May 28th 2007


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

More Melodic than the previous work, Not a bad album, but i cannot go above average rating for this one
This Message Edited On 05.28.07

Willie
Moderator
July 28th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Someone gave me this album for my birthday a few years back... I had heard such good things about them and had high expectations for it... and was totally let down. I didn't find anything special from this CD.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Cravinov13
July 28th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this is the wrong album to get by them as a start. Get the s/t, The Final Chapter, or Virus. It's extremly diffrent.

FR33L0RD
July 28th 2007


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Willi
Try;
Hypocrisy -- Hypocrisy -1999
Hypocrisy -- The Final Chapter-1997
Hypocrisy -- Virus - 2005
Hypocrisy -- Abducted - 1996

They are much better then this one
@ crav
we respond at the same time ;) nice pickThis Message Edited On 07.27.07

Willie
Moderator
July 28th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'll give them a shot over the weekend

Cravinov13
July 28th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

NO! NOW!! >:{

Willie
Moderator
July 28th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Ha ha... I'll be able to pay more attention if I try them out when I'm not exhausted...

Cravinov13
July 28th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lol



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