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on 16 December 2014
I originally bought the Blue vinyl copy of this album the week it came out, so when I decided to get it on cd I had to buy the re-release digi pack with the two extra tracks. I love this album but being a purist and a completest I had to get the original cd release. The year is 1992 and Death Metal is in full swing, Classic albums from Bolt Thrower, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Morgoth, Grave, Unleashed, Nocturnus, Immolation and many other amazing bands had been unleashed upon mankind. "Penetralia was a dirty, dark, atmospheric, musically advanced and completely awe inspiring album. The intro is darkly atmospheric and leads into a bludgeoning wall of guitars, bass, drums and gutteral vocals. There are smatterings of keyboard parts that give the album an eerie atmosphere and make the heavy parts heavier. This album is unabashed Swedish Death Metal and is unrelenting from beginning to end. One thing that set Hypocrisy apart from most other Death Metal bands was the fact that Peter Tagtgren used 7 string guitars instead on down-tuned 6 six string guitars. If you love Death Metal this is an album you must own.
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on 23 August 2002
Hypocrisy are a quality outfit who just happened to come about at the time the shelves were bursting with new death metal acts. Nuclear Blast records seemed to be pumping hundreds of albums out every month, and this unfortunatly meant that Hypocrisy were left as an also ran in the death metal stakes.
This album is fast, brutal, not to shy in its out look and very competent.
Some of the solos on here should come with a headphones warning as they burst you eardrums due to excessive widdly diddlying !!!!!
The vocals are good and harsh, with just enough edge to understand most of whats being said (usually against God, or someone they don't generally like).
The breaks in this album are superb. Its the one thing that makes me listen to it again and again. Its all going mightily fast, then theres a roar, and the pace drops off, the drums and guitars start stop repeatedly, then BANG!!! your into another furious blast beat or wailing finger ripping solo.
If your death metal collection is massive and varied, and you've been into it a long time, then this probably won't make you think you've discovered the holy grail. There are a lot of bands that came out at the same time that you could liken them to. Brutality, Monstrosity etc...
But if you're into a mix of the more extremes genres, and you want something with pounding drums and screaming guitar solos, you can't go wrong buying this really (or their second album actually).
Over all a good death metal album with the usual silly lyrics and extreme sound (check the title track's ever increasing drum blast at the end of the piece...its manic!!!)
Not bad, not bad at all.....
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on 12 October 2007
Hypocrisy Were one of those bands that had it all. But due to the mass marketing of the death metal labels at exactly the time they released this debut, they never made the running. Maybe thats a bit harsh. They certainly carved out a name for themselves in the death metal circles of Europe, and to a small extent the US too. I suppose I really mean that they missed out on World wide success the likes of which Morbid Angel, Obituary and their ilk had already assured themselves of. Even Nuclear Blast had its own pet bands that it seemed to push more than the rest. Gorefest were probably the best example. And so this couldn't have been a great thing for Hypocrisy.
Which is a shame because Hypocrisy play damn fine death metal.
On its release I personally hadn't heard anything quite like it. Ok so in 1992 my album collection wasn't enormous (I was 14) but I had been listening to metal for 6 years by then and Penetralia was indeed different, and dare I say it raw?
The opener "Impotent God" starts with wind and whispers, and then lets everything go with some belting evil death metal. Remember its 1992, so don't expect hyper-blasts or blast beats. This is fast paced "heavy" old school death metal.
The english vocals are quite heavy accented (Sweden), but it doesn't detract from the over all brutality at all.
Stand out tracks have to be, 'Suffering Souls', 'God is a...', the completely insane 'To Escape is to die' and Closer 'Penetralia' with its mad, ever quickening drum section.
If you liked the sound of the heavier Nuclear Blast outfits around 91 to 93 (Monstrosity, Brutality etc...) you'll no doubt like this too.
I can't fault it, apart from the fact that it sounds a tiny bit dated. But I do mean 'tiny'.
Take a trip down memory lane and give it a spin...
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