Would you believe, I've never listened to Hypocrisy prior to this? Well, that's not true, I heard one song that I disliked so I never gave them another chance. When I saw people praising this new album End of Disclosure, I decided to give them another shot. Now, I am going to have to track down their back catalog because for once, the hype was right.

Hypocrisy play a pretty much right-down-the-line style of Swedish melodic death metal, but on Disclosure, do so with an elegant simplicity and ease that just flows from a natural space. I wasn't too jazzed about the opening title track, as it seems to be a bit more accessible, but after that, the thrash attack begins. The songs here evoke memories of old In Flames, or even At the Gates, while their slower numbers remind me of Arch Enemy. The riffing is tight and powerful and the screeching vocals of Peter TÃĪgtgren cut through in his trademark serrated-edge style.

Hypocrisy have not been without their growing pains. In a vocation where "maturing" means, basically, softening and going mainstream, though, Hypocrisy have seemed to have ventured away from that. Like their labelmates and countrymen in Soilwork, they have found new life in melodic death metal. Perhaps it hasn't all been done before.

This is going to be one of those releases I take a special kind of joy in hearing again and again. While I might prefer the faster, heavier tracks like United We Fall or Tales of Thy Spineless, the bludgeoning, crushing pace of Hell is Where I Stay is equally appealing, and the expansive, epic, Townsend-like progressions in songs like End of Disclosure and Soldier of Fortune can't be overlooked either.

At just under 44 minutes, End of Disclosure delivers a hammering attack that covers all the bases of Swedish death metal and improves greatly on the template. Is it a game-changer? Maybe not for the genre itself, but it is a great leap forward.