6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2003
I stayed away from buying this release for a long time, having heard all the usual "sell-out", "commercial" and "nu-metal" comments regarding this album. I bought it cheap recently from a store that was closing down in my area. And I can tell you as a long-time fan of the band - this is still the same Hypocrisy we all know and love. It's more in the vein of "Abducted" than "Into The Abyss". Maybe a little slower but heavy as hell. I had the pleasure of watching the band tear it up live on their U.S. tour last year and the production on this album captures their intensity perfectly.
In short - don't believe the (un)hype. Buy it, borrow it or miss out. You won't be disappointed.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2005
I read a lots of reviews saying that Hypocrisy sold out with this album, going into nu-metal stuff. I have to say that those people don't know anything about Hypocrisy or nu-metal. None of the nu-metal bands sounds like Hypocrisy does, and I bet Limp Bizkit or Linkin' Park wouldn't write a song as furious, heavy and fast as "Don't judge me" (track 1). Those people are mixing up what means to be nu-metal, and what means to sound modern, that is the keyword in this matter. Peter Tagtgren uses the same recipe with a great result, creating a really verastile album, and sticking to his roots. Nu-metal stuff? Just a couple of arrangements and "Turn the page", that I wouldn't consider nu-metal, and it is catchy and sounds really modern. So, you can't say this album is nu-metal considering one questionable song.
But with songs like "A public puppet", "Turn the page" and "Hatred", Peter takes Hypocrisy one step further, creating new rhythms that fit perfectly in the sound and songwriting of the band, cause he never refused to please himself and continues growing up. The album has a great sound, but the guitars sound better than the previous releases, remindind me "Abducted" or "The Final Chapter". There's the usual Hypo stuff: slow songs, mid tempo and fast songs. There are only 2 fast songs (10 total) in the album. Maybe, it's me, but I prefer more fast songs (the album finishes with two slow songs, sometimes the album needs more energy). Needs 1 or 2 more fast songs to make of this album the prefect combination between brutality and creativity, two things that weren`t combined in the last two albums. You won't find the BEST songs, but they are simple, really "listeneable", with lots of changes of rhythms, well structured, and more important: catchy and not boring. The songs are more in the vein of "Abducted" or "The Final Chapter", than "Hypocrisy" or "Into the abyss". I hope Peter to continue in the right path writing excellent music...(after two years with no new stuff from the studio, 10 songs is not enough...I'm a metal vicious!)
DON'T MISS CATCH 22!!...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2002
This album has already become one of my favorites. Many consider it nu-metal influenced but it isn't IMO. I hate all this "nu metal" stuff, and I honestly like this CD. Sure, it's different than all the other Hypocrisy albums, but that's what makes them an exciting band. The songs are well written, and you can tell that they spent a lot of time on this one. Hypocrisy does what they want, and if they did what some of the "hardcore" fans always demand, then they wouldn't be free to do as they please.
As with all Hypocrisy releases, the production is excellent. These are some really catchy songs too, with good lyrics as well. All you really need to know is that if you consider this record a sell out, then that means you are out of touch with reality.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2004
At this point in their career, the Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy was faced with a tough decision on how to make this record. Do they continue with their standard brutal, heavy sound or do they try something different? In this case, Hypocrisy decided to go with the second route and drastically soften their music. Don't get me wrong, their music is still heavier than any mainsteam band, but it's softer than the band's previous albums.
This decision has it's pros and cons. On the negative side, "Catch 22" angered most of Hypocrisy's loyal fanbase (and when you're an underground band like this, your loyal fanbase is pretty much the only thing you have). On the bright side, this new sound was sure to get the band some mainstream attention, which would lead to newer fans, right? Wrong. It seems like their plan backfired because I've never heard Hypocrisy's music played on any type of media outlet.
While most of the Hypocrisy loyalists are quick to give this album a bad rating, it really isn't that bad. Each song was great in it's own way, with the only skipper being "Seeds of the Chosen One" (which was too generic and boring for my tastes). If you're someone that enjoys Scandinavian or Death metal, you'll probably enjoy this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2002
Like some others have already mentioned here, there's been a very critical (some say overcritical) shadow cast over Hypocrisy's latest release. Now I don't profess to be the be-all end-all of all things regarding this famous death metal band, but I've heard (and own) 4 of their records over the course of their career. And I can't find one thing wrong with this disc.
It's superb, from start to finish, and Tagtgren & co. keep finding different and unique ways to shred your speakers. Sure their are cleaner vocal passages (notably the choruses of 'Destroyer', 'On the Edge of Madness', and 'Another Dead End'), there's melody incorporated blatantly right in front of your face, on nearly every song. And yes, gasp, the rumours are true: there's a faint trace of some nu-metalism present here, most noticeable on 'Turn the Page' or 'A Public Puppet.' But I dare Limp Bizkit or any other faux metal band out there to attempt the time changes and sheer ferocity of this. I don't think we'll be seeing that any time soon. Make no mistake about it, this is still Hypocrisy. Finally, and perhaps because of the new attention payed to song structure and melody, I would boldly proclaim this my favorite Hypocrisy album. It's the first one where I just kept hitting repeat over and again to hear one great song after another. Standout tracks: 'Destroyed,' 'On the Edge of Madness,' 'Another Dead End,' and my new favorite song of 2002 - 'Seeds of the Chosen One.'
As I alluded to in the title of this review, don't believe the negative hype. This release is well worth your time and money; you won't regret it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2003
I can't believe anyone would seriously say there is anything Nu-Metal about this album. Hypocrisy in no way sold out, and Peter did not "lose interest" like one guy suggested. Yes, this album is different than any other Hypocrisy album - it's a whole lot more Metal. Not nu-metal, PURE metal. This album has some of the sickest riffs I have heard on a metal album in a long time. This is easily their best effort since way back when they released "Abducted". This is still death metal, but the emphasis is much more on the metal than it ever was before with Hyprocrisy. It's still just as heavy as their previous material just shows a more diverse side of Hypocrisy. Personally I hope these guys continue down this path because I love this album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2002
This is the first time I listen to Hypocrisy, and I got to tell you that I like this album a lot. Great riffs, Great vocals... I can't wait to listen to their older stuff. I am a great Death and Trash Metal Fan (Kreator rules!!) and I love Hypocrisy.
They really got me going crazy with songs like "Public Puppet" and "Destroyed".
Maybe it's not pure death metal, but is Good Heavy metal.
Buy it, you won't regret it.
Hypocrisy caught a lot of heat when they originally released their 2002 album Catch 22. Longtime fans were quick to charge the band with abandoning their death metal sound and "selling out" or "going nu-metal", despite the fact that Catch 22 was an unbelievably heavy album that couldn't possibly be considered anything BUT a death metal album. Much of that had to do with Peter Tagtgren's vocal delivery, which I admit did lean in a nu-metal direction.
Apparently the album's reception has been bothering Tagtgren for a while, so he went back in the studio, rerecorded the vocal tracks, and remastered the album. The result is this 2008 reissue called Catch 22 V2.0.08. I'm a fan of the original album, and as a rule am opposed to bands going back and tinkering with their past work, but I have to admit the difference in the two versions is startling. Tagtgren's new vocals are now in the same style as on The Arrival or Virus, which goes a long way towards making this album sound like a "true" Hypocrisy release. The remastered audio is also an impressive update. The album still retained all of the ferocity and brutality of the original; it just sounds more like a melodic death metal album than in did previously.
In addition to the rerecorded vocals and remastered sound, the Catch 22 reissue also features some bonus content. You get a bonus studio track called "Nowhere to Run," which was originally only available on the Japanese import of Catch 22 and a trio of live videos. I'm still not convinced that the original album needed fixing in the first place, but Hypocrisy did an excellent job with this reissue.
Hopefully Catch 22 V2.0.08 will give some of the album's detractors another perspective on this album. If nothing else, it should put those nu-metal accusations to rest once and for all.
on June 19, 2007
I think that part of what makes Hypocrisy such a great band is how well they can blend death, black, thrash, doom, gothic, heavy metal and other influences together to make music that is both unique and experimental. Even back in their earliest days with Penatralia and Osculum Obscenum, they were ahead of their time, brutal but with a futuristic thrashy approach. While their contemporaries Entombed and Unleashed have clung onto their older fans from way back when, Hypocrisy have managed to keep adding to their fan base and have toured with alot of younger groups like Soilwork, Mnemic and In Flames. This has kept the band popular and very successful throughout the 90's and into the 21st century. Hypocrisy have no doubt been a great influence on the whole Gothenburg NEW thrash genre and the album Abducted is an immortalized underground classic.
Sometimes though a talent can become a weakness and on Catch 22 the same independent attitude that gave them fans on Abducted and The Final Chapter began working against them. There was a certain amount of critical backlash towards the inclusion of modern metal riffs, that reminded some of Slipknot, Fear Factory or nu-metal. Its a very mild influence, but I think that alot of metal fans get self-conscious when they feel like they're listening to the wrong type of music. To get an idea of the sound, think of the self-titled album, take out the atmospheric 70's prog vibe and add more modern metal riffs ala Darkane, Mnemic or Strapping Young Lad. I personally admire this bands ability to offer new surprises for each album they release. Where the previous album, Into The Abyss, was pretty much a straight-up death metal album, this one is experimental like the self-titled, only done in a different way. I admit they have had better albums and I'm glad they changed direction afterwards, but this one is really great in its own right with alot of original riffs and great songs like "World of Madness," "Another Dead End," and "All Turns Black." The opening on "Turn the Page" may sound like Slipknot, but to me it doesn't sound much different than the opening to Buried off Abducted. The point is that the band has always been on the cutting edge of death and thrash metal and have had a slight commercial edge so why people are criticizing them now is beyond me. It's still Hypocrisy (or at least post Abducted Hypocrisy), and I think that if you're a true fan of the band you should appreciate this album as I do. Overall, its very anthematic with a touch of rock, gothic, and hardcore. The production and songwriting is tighter than ever, and the vocal overlapping that has become Peter's trademark are very sorrowful and beautiful.
The decision to go in a modern thrash direction probably helped them to compete with what tourmates In Flames and Soilwork were releasing at the time. Its comendable that the group can write original material this good and be so adaptable this late into their career. This new sound worked well on Catch 22 and The Arrival but it was perfected on the excellent Virus album (again reminding me a bit of darkane and Strapping Young Lad).
on January 12, 2004
Catch 22 was my first experience with Hypocrisy. I had only heard about the band and that they were very good, and so I decided to grab this album when I saw it at a record store. Thankfully, it turned out to be a great album that sparked my interest in Hypocrisy. What we have here is a combination of agressive, straight-foward headbanging material, grand catchy anthems, and some more somber moments. Peter Tagtgren is a great vocalist, he delivers a diverse and awesome sounding preformance throughout the album. The album is also produced quite well, the guitars are thick and meaty and create a nice wall of sound.
"Don't Judge Me" is a fairly short agressive blast with a manic vocal preformance, a really good tune, it rocks. "Destroyed" is one of those anthem tracks. Agressive verses, but the chorus will be stuck in your head constantly for days. "On the Edge of Madness" has some cool piano in it and an awesome chorus as well. "A Public Puppet" is a less melodic and more agressive track than the previous two, it has an awesome bridge and guitar solo, and the rest of the song rocks as well. "Uncontrolled" has a very steady mid-tempo feel with yet another great chorus. "Turn the Page" combines Don't Judge Me's fast aggresive style with a melodic chorus. "Hatred" starts out agressive like the others, then goes into a melodic chorus, which then goes into an equally powerful section. "Another Dead End for Another Dead Man" is a great thrashy song, very catchy as well. "Seeds of the Chosen One" is my favorite song on the album. Very steady mid tempo groove, very melodic, and the chorus is absolutely soaring. Very anthem-like, I'd love to hear this live. "All Turns Black" is another highlight, very emotional and sad sounding, great singing, an excellent way to end.
Most of the songs have very steady and straightfoward beats that really add to the headbanging factor, its a very catchy album that know its job isn't to be overly complex.
An excellent album, it got me into this great band.