November 2021 Album of the Month – Hypocrisy’s WorshipSaturday, 18th December 2021
It’s been a few years since we were treated to a new Hypocrisy album, but it was clearly with the wait with all that Worship provides. Hypocrisy has been a mainstay within death metal for 30 years at this point, and their pitch perfect combination of vicious aggression with just enough melody is one formula that not too many bands can be as successful with.
An excerpt from Katarina McGinn’s 9/10 review, which posted on November 17, 2021:
The strongest Hypocrisy albums have managed to pull off melody and sheer aggression in equal parts, divvying up the tempos from fast/brutal tracks, mid-tempo stompers (that tend to really lean into the melodies), and some slower and gloomy cuts. Virus still stands as the strongest start to finish Hypocrisy album (with the self-titled and Abducted sitting right behind it), and it’s hard not to think about that album with the energetic lead-off title track, which starts to work up quite an assertive grind after an enticing and catchy intro…
There’s only one Hypocrisy out there, delivering death metal that’s both memorable and pummeling in equal turns. Worship sits as one of the band’s strongest releases, easily the best since Virus, for its sheer ability to cash in on all of the flavors of the band that have come to light over time and turning it into a very cohesive and catchy wrecking ball of an album.