Despite it’s absolutely horrid cover art, Arrival, the 9th album from Swedish death metal tyrants Hypocrisy, is a HUUUUUUUUUUGE step forward from their last album, the 2002 disaster Catch 22. Gone are the nu-metal elements that made that album so god-awful, and back are the classic elements of the band; Peter’s demonic voice, amazing combined agressive riffing and twin harmonies, kicka$$ bass lines, and monster drumming. So, it looks like Peter came to his senses and realized how awful it was to experiment with nu-metal. And now, a look at the three highlights of the album. The three best songs on the album are tracks 1, 2, and 5. Track 1, “Born Dead, Buried Alive,” begins with a slow harmony intro, then speeds up drastically. Another example of a metal album with a great intro. Track 2, “Eraser,” opens with a melody bass solo, then the guitars come in, harmonizing throughout the whole song, most notably the solo. And track 5, “New World,” is very fast and heavy, and Peter’s really growlin’ on the vocals. Overall, highly recommended for fans of some of their earlier work like Osculum Obscenum, Abducted, and Final Chapter. Other bands you might like if you like Hypocrisy: Dimmu Borgir, Bloodbath (Peter sings for them now!), Dark Funeral (original Hypocrisy singer Masse’s other band), In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, and much more.