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Hypocrisy-The Arrival-Nuclear Blast Records Reviewed by Chaoslord

Track Listing
1. Born Dead Buried Alive
2. Eraser
3. Stillborn
4. Slave to the Parasites
5. New World
6. Abyss
7. Dead Sky Dawning
8. Departure
9. War Within
Anyone who bashed Hypocrisy's previous release "Catch 22" as being to "nu-metal" and that they were "getting soft" will be eating their words after listening to this album. I was totally blown away after listening to "The Arrival".

This album combines elements of their self titled album as well as elements from "Abducted". Peter's guitar work is crisp and bone shearing, while skinsman Lars Szoke pounds the drums like a homicidal maniac bludgeoning a victim. Tagtren's vocals are reminiscent of old Hypocrisy with the high pitched black metal shrieks and an occasional death metal growl here and there. There are even some clean vocal pieces that catch you off guard and add a nice ambience to the album.

With the release of this album, Hypocrisy gives all the people that trashed the last album a big fist in the face. I can go on and on about how good this album is, but the best way to find out is to go buy it and see for yourself.

--Chaoslord 04.30.04
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: HYPOCRISY
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A Taste of Extreme DivinityHypocrisy
2009
Greg Watson4/16/2010
End Of DisclosureHypocrisy
2013
Eric Compton4/11/2013
The ArrivalHypocrisy
2004
Greg Watson4/30/2004
The ArrivalHypocrisy
2004
Eric Compton2/10/2004
VirusHypocrisy
2005
Eric Compton8/30/2005


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