2014 is looking like another year gone by where I don’t see these guys live. The result? Finding myself revisiting their discography in my library. And I assure you, there’s some good stuff in there covering multiple decades. That said, I give you my top ten for HYPOCRISY.
Death metal at it’s purest! Hailing from Sweden, these guys, led by the legendary Peter Tagtgren, have been kicking all of the asses since 1992. I personally must thank them for making me the fan of death metal I am today (a big one). They’re still active, too, with 2013’s End of Disclosure being their most recent effort, and I am simply counting the days until I get a chance to see them in person. They’ve certainly stayed true to their own sound throughout those 20-plus years, and I assure you, there is a lot of good in there. I will now attempt to somehow conceive a top ten list for them. Again, please note: these are not their 10 best songs, but more a list of 10 songs I am personally fond of that may or may not be all that known. Let us begin…
“Stillborn” (from The Arrival, 2004)
Even though, it’s perhaps overshadowed a tad by the preceding track, “Eraser,” this is still easily my favorite from this album. The chorus is crazy catchy, Peter’s high growls are absolutely mint, and I completely dig the breakdown toward the end. Aside from that, with “Eraser” being as slow paced as it is, it’s a great follow.
“Fearless” (from Virus, 2005)
No way this song doesn’t make it in. It’s the one that got me really hooked on these guys and I know I’m not the only one. This is what I think of when I hear ‘melodic death metal’. Angry, fast, a well-written solo… really can’t ask for more. Not the heaviest track on the album by any means, but probably the most memorable.
“Tales of Thy Spineless” (from End of Disclosure, 2013)
Moving ahead a few years. While I didn’t necessarily enjoy this album as much as others, this is one of the best Hypocrisy songs I’ve heard. The highlight of the record without a doubt. High energy, great symphonic element, and the spoken lyrics are just terrifying.
“The Final Chapter” (from The Final Chapter, 1997)
And now we’re going back in time. The closer to this album. The drum intro, the melancholy tremolo picking, and the spoken vocal intro. I like just everything from this song. What a perfect way to end a record that starts so impressively. More on this album later.
“Uncontrolled” (from Catch 22, 2002)
This album as a whole isn’t that memorable. In fact, it was remixed and re-released in 2008 (which made a BIG difference). This song, however, I can’t avoid going back to. It’s about alcoholism and Peter draws a very unique relationship between consumption and the devil.
“Unfold the Sorrow” (from Into the Abyss, 2000)
I personally love this album. Some great songs through and through. Everyone knows “Fire and the Sky” (which is also a live favorite). But this is my personal choice from this one. Same kind of feel, but a little darker, a little more evil in content, and just a more morose sound in general. It’s awesome.
“Roswell 47” (from Abducted, 1996)
Okay, this is a little more mainstream. Everyone knows this track and frankly, they should. This has to be on every Hypocrisy list… ever. Probably the slowest paced song on this list. The buildup is just incredible. It’s well mixed. It’s about aliens. It’s perfect. I shouldn’t need to say much about this song.
“Tamed (Filled with Fear)” (from A Taste of Extreme Divinity, 2009)
Believe it or not, this is my favorite Hypocrisy record. It’s an ass-kicker from start to finish. I just took a liking to the aggression on this track. It’s mostly about how fucked up society is. Which I will always appreciate. Among my favorite tracks from my favorite album… but not the top of that list…
“Adjusting the Sun” (from The Final Chapter, 1997)
THIS is my favorite song from this album. The way the song changes pace and pulls you in different directions is awesome. Furthermore, this song just sounds incredible live. Oh. And the best part?… “Heaven! Hell! God! Satan! Would not be without the other!” …Yum.
“Weed Out the Week” (from A Taste of Extreme Divinity, 2009)
And to round things off… what I think is the most aggressive song they’ve written in a long, long time. If not ever. Just pure hatred towards the human race. It’s so fast and energetic. This thing gets me absolutely jacked up. And to think this album came 17 years into Hypocrisy’s existence. Awesome.
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Death metal. It’s all that is good. Enjoy.
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