Hypocrisy – “Penetralia/Osculum Obscenum”

Hypocrisy – “Penetralia/Osculum Obscenum” 2CD REISSUE (Nuclear Blast Records)

And so the Hypocrisy war machine rolls on: this time it’s a blast (sorry no pun intended) to the past of both band and also label – in fact near enough near the very beginning for Peter Tägtgren and Markus Staiger! “Penetralia” and “Osculum Obscenum” are Hypocrisy’s first two albums respectively, now given the star makeover of re-mastering and complemented by more recent live versions of some of these original tracks. It’s certainly interesting to hear the contrast between then vocalist Masse Broberg (aka Emperor Magus Caligula of Dark Funeral) who has a far more guttural style compared to Tägtgren’s own raw version on the likes of ‘Pleasure Of Molestation’ and ‘God Is A Lie’! Both albums also show how death metal itself has progressed from it’s primitive beginnings and the influence of US death metal on “Penetralia” – the only time Hypocrisy played as a 5 piece – compared to the more black / death approach of “Osculum Obscenum”, as evidenced by the band’s cover of Venom’s ‘Black Metal’ and it’s progress into the technical death field. Totalling 24 tracks in all, this is a comprehensive package although trivia fans will note that “Penetralia” will not include the 2 bonus tracks from its past re-release namely ‘Life Of Filth’ and ‘Lead By Satanism’ in any form, not sure why but there’s still enough here to sink your bloodthirsty canines into!

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