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Review: Hypocrisy - The Arrival
The Arrival

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 40:26
Tracks: 9
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 25, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
The Arrival

Rated 3.15/5 (63.08%) (13 Votes)

The nu-metal experimentations are done away with and Hypocrisy are back to their old school roots with full force. Damn! Just when you think Hypocrisy have become 'another one of those bands'…. "The Arrival" enters the arena and smashes your teeth in with a furious blast of pure ownage! This album was released very early on in the year and I let it slip through the cracks because their last outing – "Catch 22" wasn't the greatest tribute to a metal band's intellect. But man was I wrong. Melodic Death fans…add another album to that list this year because we sure have a solid competitor right here for the long waited and upcoming serving from Dark Tranquillity.

I wouldn't say all the songs here are total pleasers, but the majority of them are. The alien theme of the album (as should be apparent from the cover and Peter Tagtgren's long time fascination with aliens) doesn't really add anything for me, but it doesn't detract either. If you like it, well then there's another plus for you. The music generally takes two approaches, the regular mid-tempo tracks with that 'bouncy' groove to it; and then the rest have a somewhat slower and 'doomy' feel to it.

The first few tracks are unbelievably spectacular. So thick and viscous, you can't say no to them. The vocals are of the raspy and shrieking variety; the extremely raspy vocal style with melody in them. So if you cannot tolerate vocals of this kind, then you really need to look elsewhere, because they're not friendly at all. This album is getting no points for originality, but if you enjoy this stuff…who really cares if they are inventing anything or not?

Melodic Death Metal fans….if you haven't got this sucker yet…you know what to do. Attack formations set… Charge!

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