Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy was inspired by a three-year stint band founder Peter Tägtgren spent in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the late '80s observing the Sunshine State's richly demented metal scene. Returning back to Sweden, he spent a few years putting together Hypocrisy, a brutal, growling death metal unit that took cues from Florida grinders like Obituary and Deicide. This collection combines 1992 debut Penetralia and 1993 follow-up Osculum Obscenum. The production is primitive and dated, but the raw textures, burning performances, and Tägtgren's barking vocals capture the energy of early-'90s death metal at its most exciting. Extra live tracks from the band's early days fill out the collection.
AllMusic Review by Fred Thomas