All bands say they're going to do it. The talk about it over a period of months, announce it over the proper information channels and get all their fans hopes up and for what? For nothing, that's what. You know why? Cause it never happens. Except for here, except for now. HYPOCRISY have gone back to their roots (not too far back) and have made an album that will have all those that were questioning Peter's sanity over the creation of "Catch 22" forgive all his sins and gladly raise the horns in the name of HYPOCRISY.
Take "Abducted," "The Final Chapter," and "Hypocrisy" mix them in a blender and out comes a nice creamy, frothy "The Arrival." All of the melodies you've wanted are back, every hint of Nu-Metal has disappeared and there's an extra jolt of heaviness injected, just 'cause.
Keeping things in synch, the subject matter for "The Arrival" much like that of "Abducted" is based on Aliens, as is evident from the cover and while that's of little concern to me, it did, in one way or another, lead to the creation of one of the best tracks on the album "Slave To The Parasites" and quite possibly HYPOCRISY's best anthem-like track to date, with a chorus that's bound to get fists pumping in a live setting. "Stillborn" is reminiscent of "Inseminated Adoption" as they both share HYPOCRISY's more aggressive nature. "The Arrival" covers the spectrum of tempos, ranging from faster, to slower, to the more typical mid tempo HYPOCRISY we all know and love. The album's biggest surprise is that there aren't any. It's the straightforward HYPOCRISY we've been missing.
Don't expect miracles from this album, it isn't revolutionary, it's just a great rockin' album, pretty much all I could have wanted from another HYPOCRISY record. But given this sudden return to form, it makes you wonder what happened to their new sound, since "Catch 22" was 'the first real HYPOCRISY record'… (Online January 22, 2004)