Hypocrite
Into the Halls of the Blind


4.5
superb

Review

by Andy H. B. USER (27 Reviews)
August 22nd, 2014 | 30 replies | 765 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On the waves of the North Atlantic.

Hypocrite is one of a number of death metal bands that emerged from 1990s in Sweden whose career did not last nearly as long as it should have (see: Eructation). Despite putting out two full lengths, one can't help but think what may have been in store if they had been able to follow up the masterpiece of melodic death metal known as Into the Halls of the Blind. This would be a perfect soundtrack to Ragnar Lothbrok charging into battle and decapitating the opposing commander. While the majority of fans of the melodic death metal craze in the late 90s descended upon Gothenburg, this sparkling Stockholm diamond was left covered and forgotten, a criminal overlooking if there ever was one.

Speaking of criminal, how f*cking good are the riffs on this album? Give one listen to a song such as "Dark Blue Velvet" or the sprawling title track and it will become apparent that this is no ordinary, In Flames rip-off, melodic death metal record. This is urgent, brash and tinged with a sense of songwriting seldom matched in any metal scene. The duo of Peter Nagy and Henrik Hedberg have a knack for writing epic and encompassing licks that conjure up images of Valhalla and other mythical Scandinavian legacies. Moreover, the stupidly catchy leads soar above and light searing blue flames like an acetylene torch. Hair-raising additions such as the folky hurdy-gurdy passages of "In Blood We End" and "Blood Blind" complement the atmosphere that permeates through the record and buries itself further into the cranium of whoever listens to it.

Johan Haller's vocals are a desperate, mid range howl that fits absolutely splendidly among the tone of the tracks and the competent percussion from Nagy allows the remainder of the music to lightly float on top as if being carried by an icy, November gale on the Great Lakes or gallop and trample like a calvary unit. As mentioned earlier, this would be a likely soundtrack to the Viking exploration across western territory, a rippling torrent across the Atlantic spurred on by a storm of immense proportions. The brief interludes ("Eye of the Serpent") exert a feeling of sorrow, such as a warrior being lost in battle and a funeral being performed or a blackened, gruesome plague overspreading a colony and slowly ransacking its victims, one by one.

Rare is it to hear an album that evokes such vivid imagery upon listening and embodies everything that a genre can and should be. It is a shame that melodic death metal tended to devolve into the legions of rip-off metalcore bands upon the turn of the millennium, instead of remaining true to form with records such as this, Intestine Baalism and Arghoslent notwithstanding. Into the Halls of the Blind is grandiose without being overbearing, aggressive without being inaccessible to newcomers to the scene and is a hundred and ten percent quality throughout it's economical length. Hypocrite, in their dormant state, deserve attention. It's about damn time they received it.



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ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2014


20694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this badly needed a review

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SpiritCrusher2
August 22nd 2014


3039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is awesome

ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2014


20694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

essential

jagride
August 22nd 2014


2331 Comments


cool gonna check it out

ffs
August 22nd 2014


4873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool

ffs
August 22nd 2014


4873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album has some of the best trems

SpiritCrusher2
August 22nd 2014


3039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool

ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2014


20694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this album has some of the best trems


agreed

BigPleb
August 22nd 2014


36564 Comments


That cover is awesome.

Heard some of this here and there but never jammed in full, will get on it.

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deathschool
August 22nd 2014


7993 Comments


Sweet. A Shadow Remains review, and a great one at that. POSd.

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zaruyache
August 22nd 2014


6429 Comments


I downloaded this years ago for some reason. Good record! Glad to see it got a review.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2014


18457 Comments


trems of infinity

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Wizard
August 22nd 2014


19389 Comments


Listened to this a while back and I can't remember it. Time to dig it up again.

Good review to boot. Like the descriptions quite a bit.

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Crysis
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August 22nd 2014


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best thing ever amirite

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 22nd 2014


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

melodies of mysticism

ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2014


20694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

dark blue velvet is like the greatest melodeath song ever

RoyalImperialGuard
August 22nd 2014


1323 Comments


My...nigga.

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evilford
August 22nd 2014


22546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet rev I've had this for a few months, time to push to front of the line

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ShadowRemains
August 22nd 2014


20694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the hurdy-gurdy part on in blood we end is so good

Hawks
August 22nd 2014


35824 Comments


God dammit I need this too.

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