However, over the years they moved away from the classic death metal themes of blasphemy and satanism as well as purely brutal sound, and began to incorporate more science fiction-inspired concepts was well as more melodic song structures. End Of Disclosure effectively serves as a culmination of their venerable career thus far, distilling their evolving aesthetic into a cogent, coherent record with a strong central theme.
Like several of their most recent records, End Of Disclosure taps into the band's obsession with extraterrestrials and alien abductions that have served as the concept behind several of their records to date. “44 Double Zero,” for instance, is named after an old CBS television show entitled The 4400, which chronicled the experiences of the alleged 4400 people who have had direct contact with alien life.
The track uses sound clips from the show, and also possesses a fast pace, driving rhythm and heavy, even slightly industrial elements to the instrumentation. While used extremely sparingly, this tendency to use industrial elements only strengthens the theme and narrative of the record, adding an additional layer of mechanical, alien strangeness.
The atmosphere of End Of Disclosure is one of its strong suits. There is a crawling sense of menace and hostility that pervades every track, a prickling feeling that prevents the listener from ever being truly comfortable. While not an all-consuming, apocalyptic destruction that clouds the record, the chilling, inevitable sense of violence is powerful and effective.
Unlike a lot of bands that have been together for over two decades, Hypocrisy do not suffer from boredom or complacency with their own work. Quite the contrary, End Of Disclosure is the product of a band who ardently believe in and are excited by their own material, and that energy pervades the record.
The only question will be if, twelve records in, if Hypocrisy's fan base is still entirely satisfied with material that perfects rather than innovates,and an album that revisits familiar themes rather than break new ground. For those who like Hypocrisy just the way they are, End Of Disclosure is excellent.
(released April 2, 2013 on Nuclear Blast Records)