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Hypocrisy - The Fourth Dimension

1994 Nuclear Blast Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-06

Somewhere in between the satanic stylings of the first two albums, and the brilliant achievements of the last two lies The Fourth Dimension. From the packaging to the riffs which lie within, the entire idea of Hypocrisy has been redone, leaving the ultimate evil for a more ethereal plane. Taking over vocal duties, Peter T?gtgren sounds quite like Masse, not displaying the variation that he would use on subsequent albums. There are some killer riffs here, and the playing is really good, but the dynamics which make the next two albums so incredible aren't quite realised yet. Peter produced the album, but it was not at Abyss studios (which I don't believe was in existence yet?) and this may have something to do with it, but it also may be the fact that this is a transition album in the true sense of the word. Those criticisms aside, The Fourth Dimension is still a great album, a glimpse at the brilliance which is achieved on Abducted.