Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Country: Sweden
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year: 2021

It was 1997 or 1998 I can hardly remember when I first read that Hypocrisy splits up. I was a bit disappointed as their melodic yet ferocious death metal was something innovating and I was addicted to the greatness of “The Fourth Dimension” and “Abducted”. I bought their salute to their fans alive LP recorded at Wacken and I didn’t know whether to feel happy or sad when I heard that they were reunited a couple of years later…were Hypocrisy phony playing games with their fans or gods of metal felt pity for us and made Peter change his wacko mind? Thankfully their discography since 1999 proved Tägtgren’s choice as wise…

It’s already 8 years since the band’s last album, 2013’s “End of Disclosure”, a catchy and aggressive record. “Worship” follows the same path. It takes you by the throat with the mid paced groovy opener “Chemical Whore” and the track listing is full with sci-fi themed hate anthems that don’t need speed to sound violent or extreme, “Greedy Bastards”, “Bug In The Net” and “We’re The Walking Dead” are fine examples of intelligent songwriting such as the melodic “Children Of The Gray” while the first part of the album brings in mind 2004’s Hypocrisy now considered to be classic “The Arrival” that back in the days many claimed wrongly as weak.

The whole album in its entirety continues rather safe based on Tägtgren’s deep growls and melodic singing, the thick guitars, the discrete but also epic keyboards, the powerful drums and clean production with many compositions following an old school feeling and motif with blasting songs blended with mid tempo tracks but this seems to work just fine with fastest moments being also outstanding, the 80’s Thrash inspired “Another Day”, “Dead World” that is written by Tägtgren’s son and the dramatic closer “Gods Of The Underground”. Hypocrisy’s strongest release since 2005’s “Virus” equally personally speaking to 2009’s “A Taste of Extreme Divinity”.

More or less an instant classic.