Eluding from the primitive Death Metal fun of “Penetralia” and “Osculum Obscenum”, the band (at that time reduced into an electrifying trio) went to release a darkened classic in called “The Fourth Dimension”. The band’s interior showed an immense development in both instrumentation and song writing indicating an international breakthrough which of course happened with “Abducted”.
This album though is underground in atmosphere and musical content, in a more refined way that is. The artwork still breathes obscene motives, in the CD booklet it clearly says “the old address do not exist, no lyrics from any album is available”, and just look at the band logo, underground hehe!! Of all HYPOCRISY albums this one will always be their darkest work, nearly an hour of engulfing, mystical and esoteric Death Metal sounds embalmed with black dyed atmospheres and Mr. Tägtgren’s subhuman vocals.
What can be said about “Apocalypse”, “Never To Return”, “Black Forest”, “Reincarnation”, “The North Wind” and the introspective title track? They’re all classics, among the best tracks the band has written as a Death Metal band in my opinion. Tägtgren’s solos and melodies are catchier and more helpful if you will since they add so much atmosphere and character to the songs.
The faster tracks may be a bit one dimensional and predictable with “Reborn” being the sole exception avoiding that fate. “Slaughtered” is the only track I feel should have been scraped of the tracklist, it doesn’t sound like HYPOCRISY at all, has some nice clicks on the drums in the start but that’s all.
The songs needed a different sound, not the brutish/deafening type of sound but a clear yet twisted sound to allow the dark melodies to flow through which they definitely captured with good results.
Forged in hellfire, “The Fourth Dimension” is an album for fans of the darker spectrum of Death Metal. The band’s perpetuum mobile is set in motion on this very album, the lust to toy around with different ideas and the need to move onto the next level made the band explored their potentials, the rest is history I guess. (Online October 16, 2004)