Behold a new Arrival of Sweden's finest, HYPOCRISY! After their experimental album Catch 22 in 2002, workaholics Peter Tägtgren, Mikael Hedlund and Lars Szöke reinvent the glorious times of The Final Chapter and Hypocrisy – through a full load of ten new, catchy and absolutely stunning tracks: Songs with a gloomy doom attitude and heavy mid-tempo smashers as well as faster stuff fill every moment with the magical feeling that makes HYPOCRISY so special among the masses of Scandinavian death metal bands nowadays.
The history of HYPOCRISY began in 1991 when Peter Tägtgren sent out demos to several record companies and got signed to Nuclear Blast. Penetralia, Osculum Obscenum and The Fourth Dimension, aggressive death metal albums with a slight melodic touch and lyrics about aliens and extraterrestrial incidents, marked the first steps of the band and earned them a high profile within the European underground. The breakthrough came with an intended end actually: The Final Chapter, originally considered to be the last record of HYPOCRISY as Peter wanted to put more time and energy into his electro metal project PAIN, turned out to be the most successful work of the band thus far. With its mixture of death metal and doom/gothic elements, The Final Chapter reached a bigger audience than before and got the attention of people who normally were not interested in brutal music.
Encouraged by the great responses, the band recorded Hypocrisy and the majestic opening song 'Fractured Millennium' became a melodic death metal hymn of excellence. Tours all across Europe established the great reputation of Peter and Co. and several concerts in the USA also enthralled the American audience over the HYPOCRISY phenomenon. After the next strike, “Into the Abyss”, HYPOCRISY released a best of album titled “10 Years of Chaos and Confusion” to celebrate their tenth anniversary. The album featured a fan-elected track list with all the hits of the last decade. 2002’s Catch 22 defined a new dimension of sound for HYPOCRISY with progressive, punk and rock'n'roll influences and led HYPOCRISY into a modern era of popular death metal.
If you liked HYPOCRISY's outputs of the late 1990s, you will definitely love The Arrival; an album as strong and intoxicating as death metal can be. No doubt; a new masterpiece of Peter & Co!
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