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Hypocrisy and Kataklysm live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live, Metal with tags , , , , on 11th November 2018 by izaforestspirit

The Spirit, Hypocrisy, Kataklysm
Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland
10th November 2018

This time I opted for an evening of melodic death metal. My exposure to Hypocrisy’s music is limited a handful of songs from their old albums but I am fan of Peter Tägtgren’s other side projects so I figured it was about time that I checked out his main band. Similar things apply to Kataklysm – I discovered them via their singer Maurizio Iacono’s side project Ex Deo. Out of the two bands I am more familiar with Kataklysm, particularly their mid-career works such as ‘Epic (The Poetry of War)’ and ‘Shadows & Dust’.

First up was a German melodic black metal band called The Spirit. I have never heard of them before but I really enjoyed their show. Their music reminded me of Dissection and Taake. 4/5

Hypocrisy drew in a sizable crowd and rightfully so because they put on one hell of a show. They started off slow with the first song but then they really got going. Mr Tägtgren is quite the show-man and these guys did a good job of entertaining the audience. I stayed clear of the mosh-pit but I did do a fair amount of head-banging. The only thing that could have made their show better is if they had played ‘Osculum Obscenum’ but I guess you can’t have everything. 4/5

This was Kataklysm’s first time in Finland and I guess that if you like their current style you probably would have enjoyed their show. They played a lot of tracks from their recent albums which I am not particularly fond of. I actually prefer their older material. Luckily they played ‘Shadows & Dust’ which was the only highlight of the performance for me. This was not what I expected and I was left feeling a little disappointed. 2.5/5

Overall, it was a fun night out but I did not enjoy all the performances as much as I thought I would. The Spirit were surprisingly good and probably the best show of the night. Hypocrisy also put on a good show. As for Kataklysm, I do not like their latest album and I was really hoping to hear more old stuff. Maybe the next time I will check out Ex Deo live instead.

Iza Raittila

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Hypocrisy – End of Disclosure

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 20th May 2013 by mariadodarmata

End of Disclosure
Hypocrisy
Melodic Death / Death Metal
Released March 22nd 2013
Released via: Nuclear Blast

Hypocrisy is that kind of band that even if you are not in to the kind of music they do, you have at least heard of the once. Doing some awesome music since the last century, they released their newest work just a few weeks ago. And what a release! If you were expecting hearing some of their characteristic sci-fi themes, you are in for a surprise… sort of.

The album starts up with rather epic sounding melodics. A prelude for some alien experimenting tune? Nope. The album has a consistent theme regarding social issues. For the first four songs and then the seventh we hear a harsh but dead-on critique to social repression by media and wealth, greed, a bit of capitalism, war and some world wealth distribution. It is like a call for revolution, The Eye (third song) being my favourite -  rhythm, melody and theme wise.

On the other songs we can find some early Hypocrisy themes: genocide, nightmares, death, hell and demons populate the themes of the songs. In Hell is Where I Stay (sixth song of the album) the lyrics go on about how the protagonist lives in hell, comes for your soul, makes Jesus weep, yet don’t ever explicitly mention being a demon or Satan.., Super smooth! In a different note, in  44 Double Zero (track five) I found a rather Balls to the Wall sound on the bridge and pre-chorus.

Going back to what’s important, if it wasn’t for The Return (Ninth and last song of the album), I’d say songs five, six and eight are just floating there disconnected, but said song comes and ties together the social inequity mentioned constantly throughout the album with that fantasy element of the songs. Starting up with a super soft, melodic intro that then turns heavy (which reminds me to Insomnium’s Equivalence album), the song is the epitome of the whole albums thematic. Takes that inequity message and blends it together with the magic flying demons thing, culminating a call for revolution and change.

This album is highly recommended both to old Hypocrisy fans and new listeners.

4.5/5

María Mata

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http://www.hypocrisy.cc/
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http://www.last.fm/music/Hypocrisy