Hypocrisy’s self-titled 1999 release was my introduction to the band almost five years ago, and after listening to their entire catalog, easily remains my favorite release by this band.
Fractured Millenium – 5/5 – Probably the greatest opening track of all time. Simply a masterpiece. Mid-paced, great lyrics, great guitar riffs, and a killer bass sound. If you ever have the chance to see these guys live, go see the show and pray that they open with this song. It will be the highlight of your concert-going experiences, I guarantee it.
Apocalyptic Hybrid – 5/5 – Opens with one of Lars Szoke’s trademark drum beats and goes into overdrive with Peter grunting and sounding a lot like Masse Broburg. Nice solo, too.
Fusion Programmed Minds – 5/5 – This song reminds me of some of the work on Catch 22, but with better production. Great chorus and guitar work.
Elastic Inverted Visions – 10/5 – Without a doubt my favorite song on the cd. It starts out with a clean guitar riff and then moves into a mid-paced heavy song. Not a weak point in the whole song.
Reversed Reflections – 5/5 – This song sounds much more Gothenburg than the other songs on this cd. Some clean vocals here that sound a lot like Peter’s sideproject Pain.
Until the End – 7/5 – Imagine the emotion you get when attending the funeral for a good friend. If you have never had to feel this emotion, listen to this song. The feeling captured in this song is just incredible. It is a slow song, but very heavy.
Paranormal Mysteria – 5/5 – I really love the lead guitar parts in this song. Very nice use of keyboards and vocal harmonies.
Time Warp – 5/5 – No, not the song from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Another fast song. Peter tries something new with the vox on this one. Really cool solo here.
Disconnected Magnetic Corridors – 6/5 – Yet another great song here. Slow, to mid-paced with lots of nice guitar melodies and clean vox. Probably my third favorite after Elastic Inverted Visions and Until the End.
Paled Empty Sphere – 5/5 – Another slow song. Very melancholic feel to this one. It has the feeling of death, but with a sense of defiance. The closing song on the standard release, and a very fitting end to a great album. The lyrics are fantastic.
Selfinflicted Overload (Bonus Track) – 5/5 – This song was a bonus track included on the digipack version of the album. A great song that would have been a bit more at home on Catch 22, but good nevertheless.
Overall, this album is a great addition to any collection and is a great introduction to Hypocrisy. The production is flawless and the cd has some of the strongest songwriting you’ll ever hear. A point of interest is that Hypocrisy’s next work, Into the Abyss, was originally scheduled to be released with this as a double album.