Hypocrisy
Penetralia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
January 20th, 2006 | 14 replies | 6,203 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Hypocrisy – Penetralia

Album Information
This is the only album from Hypocrisy with five band members including the trio which made quite many albums and sideprojects until Lars jumped of the band and was replaced by Horgh which has also played in bands like Immortal and Grimfist. This album is their first and it concentrates on satainc themes and hatred against God any other religious areas.

Band Members
Masse Broberg – vocals
Peter Tägtgren – guitars
Jonas Österburg – guitars
Mikael Hedlund – bass
Lars Szöke – drums

The Instumental Section
The band shows alot of skills in this album in my opinion, especially when you hear Lars’s drumming. This is very great drumming compared to many of their albums which was about to come later. The vocals sounds like Peter’s growls and the riffing style is basically the same as one the forward-coming albums. The bass is not much to notice because it is not heard so well on this album. The guitars are very impressive here because of the riffing style, there is shredding riffs, triplets and a few acoustics here and there but mostly there are the fast, brutal riffs that dominates in the songs.

Track Information
As I said before, the band concentrates on satanic themes which can be cleary heard by just judging the track-titles like Impotent God, God Is A Lie and Jesus Fall for example. The sound consists of the famous ¨cookie-monster vocals¨ and fast, brutal riffing and the over-the-top drumming. The growling is the only vocals that you will hear on this album so there is no vocal mixing except for the remade growls which I will come to later in this review.

Most of the tracks is fast and raw in their sound, some of the most catchiest riffs is heard on tracks like ¨Suffering Souls¨ and ¨Escape Is To Die¨ and so is the drumming. The lyrics is satanic and hateful, the band is quite serious on their opinion in the track ¨God Is A Lie¨ when Masse makes a short laugh after singing the title. There is lot of triplet-riffing in this album which can be quite enjoyable for whose who like that kind of riffs. The soloing does not make a big impression because they sound to chaotic and they are fast, they are indeed skilled but there is no highlight solos in this album.

I noticed that the song ¨Penetralia¨ was the only song that I found to be the most extreme, the vocals is more screaming growls and there is some very odd speaking here which gives me the chills when I listen to it. It is Masse who is speaking about something and it sounds like a beast from hell that is preaching about something. The song starts with acoustics and the ¨famous¨ Hypocrisy chanting and later the song bursts to an very energic song. I find the vocals quite funny because they sound somewhat faked in my opinion.

Final Rating
I think that this is one of the bands most extreme albums but I found a few songs that was quite good. I don’t like this album as much as their later stuff. Personally I hate most growlings and ultra-fast drums and it is a album that you don’t listen to many times in a row. I recommend this album to more experienced death-metal listeners because of the lyrics, satanic themes and the growlings. The final rating will be: 4/5

PROS
-Great drums
-Great riffs
-The heavy sound in general

CONS
-The cookie monster vocals

Recommended Tracks
-Suffering Souls
-Burn By The Cross
-Escape Is To Die
-Penetralia



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dethtrasher
January 20th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Feed back is welcome. This was the original review before the crash.

Aakon_Keetreh
January 20th 2006



448 Comments


eh i dont like it

TheDalaiLama
January 20th 2006



10 Comments


Good review,I didnt even know there was this many hypocrisy cd's!
This Message Edited On 01.20.06

Dethtrasher
January 21st 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you.This Message Edited On 01.21.06

wikuk
November 16th 2006



1110 Comments


CONS
-The cookie monster vocals
LAWL. Nice review :thumb:This Message Edited On 11.16.06

FR33L0RD
May 8th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review Deth
im digging some Hypocrisy these days

Dethtrasher
May 9th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds good FR33LORD.
Too bad that there are few people on this site that listens to them.

FadeToBlack
July 1st 2009



10913 Comments


dfgasgadsf

FadeToBlack
August 5th 2009



10913 Comments


Even though this is an old review, I shall pos.

Favourite songs are God Is A Lie and Penetralia. Now I just need to gte their s/t album and I have their entire discography

Valerius
September 22nd 2011



1137 Comments


Dethtrasher, thanks for the review.

Your "CON" of this album, that it has cookie monster vocals, I find completely ridiculous, brew. This is Death Metal - that's the way it's supposed to sound.

And "Great Drums" I think is an understatement. This album has INCREDIBLE drums. If you are like me and like to crank the volume and have the double bass rattle glass and blow people down from the shock, this is the album to do it. This is my favorite album from them.

Valerius
October 28th 2011



1137 Comments


I rule your dreams!
I am your night..MAAAARE!

Inveigh
February 5th 2012



24866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah nightmare's a hell of a song

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Moople
June 22nd 2013



228 Comments


rip dethtrasher

DikkoZinner
July 2nd 2014



2954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Real deal

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