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Hypocrisy’s End of Disclosure is Chock-Full of the Melodic Riffy Goodness You’ve Been Craving

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Swedish death metal kings Hypocrisy need little in the way of touting; chances are you’re familiar with them, and if you’re not, you can at least appreciate their legacy of melodic masterpieces and decades of heavier-than-hell riffs. Rest assured, fans and new listeners alike – End of Disclosure is chock-full of the melodic riffy goodness you’ve been craving.

If you’ve listened to the title track that the band has graciously released prior to the album’s debut, you’ve already got a bit of a feel for what’s to come. “End of Disclosure” starts the theme of an epic, almost orchestral sound that pops up here and there throughout the album – true to form, for the band – and, of course, mindful guitar-work. The band then jumps into “Tales of Thy Spineless,” which feels like a swift kick in the shins. It’s here where I feel they get into Virus territory; that is to say, it’s a bit on the heavier side. The same can be said “When Death Calls,”  another delightfully heavy track.

On the whole, it almost seems as if the band was pulling on the reigns a bit in regard to extremity.  Disclosure is not as spastic as their previous release, 2009’s A Taste of Extreme Divinity. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re taking a step back by any means. There’s absolutely a progression that’s felt on the album. The track “Soldier of Fortune,” is a fantastic example of this. It’s heavy, it’s epic, and yet there’s an air of maturity about it.

While, yeah, it seems weird to say a band like Hypocrisy has “matured” – I mean hell, there aren’t many bands out there today as seasoned as these guys – if you think about it, it shouldn’t be strange at all. Every artist, every musician, has room to grow; some take advantage of this and move forward, others hold onto remnants of past glories and repeat themselves over and over. It’s refreshing to hear a new Hypocrisy album that’s both extremely familiar and entirely new.

Hypocrisy’s End of Disclosure comes out March 22 on Nuclear Blast. You can stream the song “Tales of Thy Spineless” here and pre-order the album here.

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