Album Reviews, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — September 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

REVIEW: Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure



Artist Name: Hypocrisy
Title Name: End of Disclosure
Label: Nuclear Blast
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini


Swedish death metal is unique, all metalheads know (or should know) that. Many giants of the genre come from this country. Their sound signature and their approach to the whole thing are quite distinctive. Coming from the underground in the eighties, the genre emerged with full force in the early nineties and forged some behemoths such as Hypocrisy. Let’s put it this way: if you see a Top 10 list of the best Swedish death metal albums of all time that doesn’t include at least one or two of their albums, just ignore it…

Their latest torpedo goes by the name of End of Disclosure and it does deliver the goods, no doubt about it. It discloses once again the classic buzzing guitar sound, the speed, the groovy passages, the epic melodies, the heavy growls and disturbing shrieks, all those nice monstrous features loved by us, disturbed people. Opening – and title – track starts things slowly, with its slightly perturbing but massive heaviness. “Tales of thy Spineless” brings in the lower pitched growls, and the classic death metal speed peppered by unmistakable down tuned guitar sound. “The Eye” exposes the thrashy side of the band, while “44 Double Zero” has small traces of modernity due to its tempo breaks and turns, yet keeps the epic melodies right in your face. Later in the album, “When Death Call”‘ just does it for me: it is the standout beyond the shadow of a doubt – fast, eerie, heavy, brutal, but with enough hooks to captivate the listener – providing he or she has developed a taste for the unusual.

End of Disclosure is an outstanding effort that seems to summarise the band’s career and musical trips inside and outside their initial musical core – an all-in-one kind of album for a band that seems to be at the top of their game. Hope this is only the end of disclosure, and not the end of the brilliant series of releases from this mob.