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End Of Disclosure

Sweden Country of Origin: Sweden

End Of Disclosure
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: March 22nd, 2013
Genre: Death, Melodic
2. Tales Of Thy Spineless
3. The Eye
4. United We Fall
5. 44 Double Zero
6. Hell Is Where I Stay
7. Soldier Of Fortune
8. When Death Calls
9. The Return


Review by TheOneNeverSeen on March 8, 2023.

With Hypocrisy's twelfth full-length Peter Tägtgren proved once again his musical mastery. While not being ground-breaking like Hypocrisy's early material, the record offers solid, entertaining and catchy, although not particularly diverse​ melodic death metal.

The album's sound doesn't differ much from the one of "A Taste of Extreme Divinity", except it became even cleaner. Horgh's drumming is excellent in its technicality and diversity as always, and so are Tägtgren's highs and lows (although I will say this album doesn't have particularly remarkable vocal lines like the fire chorus of "Fearless" or the melancholic screaming at the beginning of "Elastic Inverted Visions").

The songs are mostly based on "Virus"/"A Taste of Extreme Divinity"-style riffs bonded with epic keyboards with a few interesting passages here and there such as the 2:45 part of "Tales of Thy Spineless" possessing curious vocals and a highly atmospheric melody or the development of "United We Fall". The album is consistent in terms of the mysterious, engrossing mood of its riffs, although some songs feel significantly less powerful than others. The album's main singles, the title track and "Tales of Thy Spineless" are awesome, and so is the penultimate song "The Return". "The Eye", "United We Fall", "Soldier of Fortune" and "Living Dead" are also solid. "44 Double Zero", "Hell Is Where I Stay" and ​​"When Death Calls" (apart from the fine keyboards in its chorus) are rather boring and fail to impress both in the context of the album and the band's previous and subsequent works. So, for the most part, "End of Disclosure" is solid, but, had it been shorter, it would've been much more enjoyable.

The band's lyrics still revolve around the "the Illuminati control everything and we're all gonna die" theme with "44 Double Zero", "Soldier of Fortune" and "Living Dead" being the most notable exceptions. Although a die hard Hypocrisy fan, I am sort of getting bored by that style of lyrics and I wish the band shows more creativity with it in the future (which it already did, for "Worship" seems more entertaining to me in that sense).

So, "End of Disclosure" is yet another cool Hypocrisy album. Most fans, including myself, will most likely find something enjoyable about it. For newcomers this album is also a fine one to get into the band, although certainly not the best one possible.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Review by Death8699 on October 25, 2019.

I'd say that this one hits the melodic death/doom metal genre given the atmosphere of it. The keyboards make it into an eerie, sort of gothic vibe and the vocals go well with the music. A lot of really slow tempo songs and entirely melodic and depressing. I suppose Peter's aim is to hit the cosmos with his sci-fi lyrics and guitar riffs that bleed on a deathly doom mixture. The whole album is really filled with songs that just crush minus the aggression factor. I think that the guitars/keys/production sound quality was superb and no complaints on those ends. The music is what's key to me on a release, but if I could relate more to the words, I'd appreciate the album more.

I think that the most intrinsic points of the album are the combination of death-like vocals mixed with screaming plus the crunch tone on the guitars are riveting. It sets it aside from newer bands that are in the melodic death scene. There really were no super high intensity guitar playing or much lead guitar work, just mainly rhythm backed up by the atmospheric keys. There wasn't a song on here that I disliked, I think all were an invigorating, epic and melodic guitar with degrees of utmost sound aura. I think that this was the main focus Peter's concept for the album was to be.

The production quality was in the superior category as usual and everything seemed to fit together nicely. Horgh from Immortal is behind the set on this one. An excellent effort by all musicians. I'd say the high points of the album was definitely the music in general, nothing too innovative here though, however, nothing that was overtly striking. Some good tracks to check out are the title-track and "United We Fall", but I'd say pick any track off here and its good melodic death. The riffs didn't stick with me that well, but on repeat I seem to hear everything little thing that's different that I didn't hear before.

End of Disclosure is a laid-back melodic death/doom release with excellent atmospheric work (as previously discussed) and it deserves to be looked into. For me, the highlights are the guitars. They're so epic and lucid, with a conglomerate of melodic guitar to the core. This one though is like a transformation for the band. They've really mellowed out as age does, but still the music is quality. There are tremolo picked licks (which encompass a lot of the release), bar chord heavily muted chunky sounds and an immense doom with those keys in the background.

Be sure to listen and judge for yourself how this album sounds to you. I think that it's quite good, just a little bit short of a masterpiece. I didn't like the lyrics much though, I think that the sci-fi words aren't thought provoking enough to me. But the music is just so darn good which makes up for the lack of ingenuity in lyric writings. Definitely an album to check out because musically its original and mild. Nothing too intense, just mainly atmospheric. Peter I think was shooting for something good here in the songwriting portion, but if he could've made the lyrics easier for the listener to relate to, I would've given it a higher score. However, pick it up!

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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