Hypocrisy
Virus


5.0
classic

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 20th, 2006 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


HISTORY
Inspired by famous death-metal bands as Morbid Angel and other well-known bands from the Florida death-metal scene. Front man Peter Tagtgren was very inspired by these bands and he created the death-metal band Hypocrisy. A band that was focused on anti-religious themes like hell and darkness at the beginning, but then they later changed their lyric messages towards supernatural and society directed themes. Hypocrisy has been described as a atmospheric melodic death-metal band, the band started out as a group of five but they were slowly melting down to three members. They became a trio; they churned out a lot of albums together during a long period of time before they finally became a quartet. When the band released their album The Final Chapter they claimed that this was their last album, but the fans thought otherwise and the band continued their march into the realms of death-metal. This album you are about to read about is called Virus, probably one of their best albums alongside Hypocrisy and The Final Chapter.

LYRIC MESSAGES
The band focused their lyrics at anti-religious themes when they first started, they sang about stuff like darkness, hatred against god and Jesus, hell and its belongings etc. But after their album called The Fourth Dimension they started to focusing on alien themes, such as abductions and secret experiments, they did though kept some of their violent and/or obscure lyrics mixed among the new style of lyrics too. The albums kept their violent and supernatural themes but the band started to include new themes which were about the human nature and the modern society, like hatred, anger, disbelieve against other people and that people can’t do what they want because of the controlling systems. Inner struggles and personal problems was also some of the new lyrics.

THE BAND MEMBERS
Peter Tagtgren – The front man of this band, known world-wide as a producer with his own recording studio called The Abyss. This man has also been working with other bands and self-invented side-projects as Lock Up, Pain and The Abyss, just to mention a few. Back to subject, Peter is the vocalist and guitarist in this band, his vocals has a great variety. Peter delivers very raspy shrieking, deep demonic growls and calm and depressive vocals in this album. He also handle one of the guitars, and he does a great job alongside Anders Holma. The rhythm sections are rock solid, the lead work is excellent, the riffage has a great variety and the guitar solos are pure energy packs.

Andreas Holma – Second guitarist in this band, I would describe him as equally as good as Peter. He manages to keep up with the rest of the other crew members, both rhythms and leads are played with great skill, no signs of sloppiness here.

Mikael Hedlund – The second original band member (alongside Peter) since the band first saw the light. Mikael is the bassist, unfortunately there are not many moments where you can hear the bass lines. He does though helps to create a thick and steady rhythm section, the bass frequency is not so clear or audible but the overall sound is very thick and powerful.

Reidar Horghagen( Horgh) – Drummer of this band, I think personally that this guy was a bit better than former drummer Lars Szoke. The drum patterns have a good amount of variety; there are maniac fast beats, moderated patterns and slower ballad paced patterns. All of them are catchy more or less, most patterns is very heavy and forceful. Definitely no signs of laziness, Horgh does a great job on this album.

THE SONGS
Some bands uses sometimes a very straight-ahead formula in their material, the songs has the same structure but with some smaller changes like lyrics and riffage between every song, for example. Some bands make it sound great while other don’t. Hypocrisy is a band that has a lot of variety among their songs, this album has a very good variety. We have murderous and addictive songs like Scrutinized, Compulsive Psychosis and Fearless. We also have brutal, devastating classic death-songs like Carving For Another Killing, Blooddrenched and Warpath. But there are not only these fast and brutal songs, we also have these slower, more eerie and calmer songs like Let The Knife Do The Talking, A Thousand Lies, Incised Before I’ve Ceased. And then we have the final ending ballad called Living To Die. As you can see, there are lots of songs that might grab your attention, you can find some classic structured songs, and some songs might have guitar work that you haven’t heard before. The variety is very big in the songs in this album.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM
I’m a big fan of this band and the reasons are many but let’s focus on the things I thought was good about album now. One thing that I really liked was the vocals from Peter, some bands might crank on with the same vocals without using any kinds of experimental usage. Peter has a great vocal range, he doesn’t use one single vocal style, he uses every vocal style that he is capable of and makes the best of it. This made the album more enjoying and more interesting. A second thing I liked was the big variety among the songs; I would say that there are at least four types of songs here, none of the songs sound the same which is a very great thing. You got brutality, aggression, hatred, depression and reality in this album, if you don’t know how to release your anger just put this album into your stereo and turn up the volume and rock! I only found one thing that I thought was a bit bad and it was the guitars, there was nothing wrong with the overall guitar work but they felt t overwhelming. I thought that the guitars was bit too much, the bass was not given so much space, which was a sad thing in my opinion.

MY CONCLUSION
Classic Hypocrisy material in my ears! I thought that this album was awesome, the whole album contained the great formula that Hypocrisy uses. That would say a huge variety among the songs, both melodic and classic death-metal structured songs and an atmospheric ballad in the end. I will definitely recommend this album to Hypocrisy fans, this album won’t let you down. I also think that other death-metal people should check this out, most because of the huge variety in the song material and because of the vocal work. This might not be a good album to start with if you want to get into Hypocrisy but if you want to look for a real Hypocrisy experience you should check their self-titled album and The Final Capter album. This is one of Sweden’s greatest death-metal bands alongside other bands like In Flames, Soilwork and Entombed.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Scrutinized
-- Fearless
-- Compulsive Psychosis
-- Living To Die

This album will get a 5/5 because of its aggressive material, melodic tunes and for the great musicianship



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Comments:Add a Comment 
metallicaman8
August 20th 2006


4677 Comments


I enjoyed the slight switch up in format. Got my vote

Only one away.

Dethtrasher
August 20th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks, it took me a while to make a different format. Though it looks very similar to my favorite format but still a bit different.

Thor
August 20th 2006


10202 Comments


Wow, another 5 star review for this album. I might have to check this album out soon.

Cravinov13
August 20th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for putting a better review up. Mine kind of annoyed me. I'm gonna do a review for s/t and Catch 22 soon.

Dethtrasher
August 21st 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Please do that, I need somebody who can replace my TBT's :D

south_of_heaven 11
August 21st 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So Deth...one more eh? What's the lucky album gonna be?
/in the process of finding this...

Cravinov13
August 21st 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Compulsive Psychosis is the worst track on the album. I would of put Let The Knife Do The Talking or Insiced Before I Cease on there instead.

Dethtrasher
August 21st 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I can't see why Compulsive is a bad song, weil its a matter of taste but I think its great.
Mr. Heaven, I'm working on my hundred review now, to bad that it is not going to be a thrash-album.

south_of_heaven 11
October 5th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a pretty good album, I quite enjoy it. My only gripe is that I wish the solos were extended and had more of a 'shred' feel to them like the one Gary Holt does on 'Scrutinized'.
But even without one, 'Let the Knife Do the Talking' is pure ownage.

Cravinov13
October 5th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Compusive Psychosis grew on me emmensily.

FR33L0RD
February 21st 2007


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazingly well done review

Im actually digging this excellent death-metal band

Altmer
February 21st 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty good, but it's not THAT good.

Living to Die is an awesome song though.

Crimson
November 2nd 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just picked this up earlier, it is very superbly good, expect the rating to rise with a few more listens.

Dethtrasher
November 3rd 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I hope you will increase the rating
This album is so good, I'm totally in love with Scrutinized, Living To Die and Compulsive Psychosis.

Geedrummer
November 3rd 2007


607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good cd. this is the only death metal album that i like

Crimson
November 3rd 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope you will increase the rating
I probably will, I love every song. Warpath is so ridiculously epic, with the opera in the background.
Every riff is so good, and the vocals are fantastic, unless I get tired of this (which I doubt) it'll probably go to a 4.5

SylentEcho
November 4th 2007


1574 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this album is killler!!!!

Yazz_Flute
April 3rd 2008


18853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fucking awesome.

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