Penetralia (1992)


Usually I prefer the more melodic variants of Death Metal over the more pure, old-school strains, but while I had a hard time getting into early Hypocrisy coming from their later output, I utterly worship their first album. It’s heavy in the best sense of the word, slower than I usually like my metal, but damn if it isn’t compelling to listen to. The album keeps a consistent, harsh tone that feels like a slow-moving but unstoppable assault, yet each song manages to find news ways to express this and thus keep things interesting. Like an evocation of something unspeakable and terrible, with each song adding a new layer of aggression and menace. It’s pure bliss.

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