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Formed: 1990
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Ten years ago, the metal underground was abuzz as a new, sinister style crept out of the humid Floridian swamps. While the dying thrash scene valiantly stood its ground against the glam rock onslaught, death metal fought in the trenches against the influx of flannel-clad grunge loggers streaming out of the Northwest. One talented musician experienced the fight firsthand, and upon returning to his home country of Sweden, decided to form a band of his own. His name: Peter Tägtgren. His band: Hypocrisy. Today, only the burnt husk of death metal remains. And while some of the names linger on, most are still revered largely due to misplaced nostalgia. Only a few still have an impact on today's extreme metal scene. None more so than Hypocrisy.

Penetralia was released in 1992, but it wasn’t until Osculum Obscenum hit a year later that the metal community took notice, as it was the first Hypocrisy effort to combine the sonic pureness of old-school death metal with the hysterical frenzy of the burgeoning black metal scene. After Osculum Obscenum, Hypocrisy emerged with the line-up familiar to fans. On 1994's The Fourth Dimension, Tägtgren, drummer Lars Szöke and bass player Mikael Hedlund began to develop their magic formula: death metal at heart but full of variation and entirely open-ended.

Abducted established Hypocrisy as a leading force in the Swedish scene. It included the hit "Roswell 47" and defined the amorphous Hypocrisy sound. Tägtgren displayed his newfound talent for singing, and the album as a whole broke out of the limited death metal "box," exploring everything from death metal anthems, to black metal blasters, to Pink Floyd-inspired suicide ballads. Abducted served as a warning for the waning mid ‘90s death metal scene – evolve or die.

In 1997 rumors circulated that The Final Chapter would be exactly what the name implied. Tired of shouldering the burden of writing and producing Hypocrisy’s material and wanting to further develop his side-project, Pain, as well as his studio, Abyss Studio, Tägtgren decided to call it a day after The Final Chapter; however, pleas from fans, the growing success of the band and the immense fun he experienced when playing live made him continue. Riding high on renewed vigor, Hypocrisy released Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken in early 1999 followed by the experimental Hypocrisy later the same year. What once started as a pure death metal act now appealed to death, black and gothic metal fans alike. A year later, Into the Abyss was recorded in just a few weeks, an exercise in spontaneity that resulted in a display of energy so raw it proved that although death metal in its original form might have stagnated, its spirit could still drive music to exciting new dimensions.

After encapsulating their first 10 years with 2001’s 10 Years of Chaos and Confusion, Hypocrisy returns with a disc Tägtgren brazenly calls the first "real" Hypocrisy record. The band have never shied away from writing challenging material that didn’t follow a prescribed formula. Catch 22 is sure to "catch" long-time fans a little off guard as the band explores the entire range of their extensive repertoire. Modern sounds and influences meld with the traditional Hypocrisy aesthetic to make an entirely new beast – crushing, groovy, catchy and, at times, sorrowful ("All Turns Black"). Hypocrisy refuses to release cookie-cutter albums, and that may be the catch 22 for fans; expect the same repetitive formula every album, and you’re bound to be disappointed; open yourself to the unfettered creativity of Hypocrisy, and anything’s possible.

Latest Hypocrisy News

Below is our complete Hypocrisy news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Hypocrisy Posts Tour Trailer

After the first part of the "End Of Disclosure" tour and several festival appearances during summer, Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy will return to the stages next week in the course of the "End Of Disclosure Tour" part 2.

Check out a newly released trailer for the coming trek below.

Support will come from Danish metallers Hatesphere. Let the hammer of death fall down on you on one of the live occasions listed after the jump.

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Arcanorum Astrum Announces New Tour Dates

Russian modern black metal band Arcanorum Astrum has announced new tour dates with Hypocrisy and Hatesphere in September. Details are as follows:

15/09/2013 - Estonia, Tallin, club Tapper
16/09/2013 - Latvia, Riga, club Melna Piektdiena
17/09/2013 - Lithuania, Vilnius, New York club
18/09/2013 - Belarus, Minsk, club RE:PUBLIC
19/09/2013 - Ukraine, Kiev, club Bingo

You can also check out the band's music video for "The Way To My Self" in the player provided below. More...

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Hypocrisy Is "Too Drunk To Fuck"

Hardly half a year after the release of Hypocrisy's new album "End Of Disclosure" (reviewed here), and after the re-release of the classic albums "Penetralia + Osculum Obscenum," Hypocrisy now has an EP coming titled "Too Drunk To Fuck."

The 7" EP comes in three different colored versions of screaming poison green vinyl, cartoonish hubba bubba pink vinyl, and plain white vinyl.

"Too Drunk To Fuck" contains cover versions of yet two classic punk outlets: The Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk To Fuck" on Side A and "They Lie" by The Exploited on Side B.

The 7" Vinyl EP is available on the Nuclear Blast Online Shop. Hypocrisy also just confirmed more tour dates for 2013: More...

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Hypocrisy Announces More Tour Dates

After the first part of the “End Of Disclosure” tour in spring and several festival appearances during summer, Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy will return to the stage this autumn in the course of the “End Of Disclosure Tour” part 2.

Support will come from Danish metallers Hatesphere. Let the hammer of death fall down on you on one of the following occasions:

15.09. EST Tallinn - Trapper
16.09. LV Riga - Melna Piektdiena
17.09. LT Vilnius - New York
18.09. BY Minsk - Re.public
19.09. UA Kiev - Bingo
21.09. RO Bucharest - Metalhead Metal Meeting
22.09. BG Sofia - Mixtape 5
23.09. SRB Belgrade - Dom Omladine
24.09. HR Zagreb - Trvonica Kulture
25.09. I Brescia - Circolo Colony
26.09. F Toulon - Le Vox
27.09. E Barcelona - Salamandra 1
28.09. E Madrid - Arena
29.09. P Lisbon - Paradise Garage
30.09. P Porto - Hard Club
01.10. E Bilbao - Santana 27
04.10. D Würzburg - Hell Inside Festival
05.10. CZ Zlin - Rock Café More...

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Trailer For Remastered Hypocrisy Albums Posted

Hypocrisy posted a trailer video for the upcoming remastered editions of the classic albums “Penetralia + Osculum Obscenum,” which will be released as a limited 2CD box enriched with extensive bonus material. The release will hit retailers on July 12th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is as follows:

CD 1 - Penetralia (remastered + live bonus)
1. Impotent God
2. Suffering Souls
3. Nightmare
4. Jesus Fall
5. God Is A Lie
6. Left To Rot
7. Burn By The Cross
8. To Escape Is To Die
9. Take The Throne
10. Penetralia

Bonus tracks:
11. Left To Rot (live)
12. God Is A Lie (live) More...

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Hypocrisy To Support Heaven Shall Burn

Swedish death metal monsters Hypocrisy have been confirmed as direct support for the upcoming European run of Heaven Shall Burn.

After releasing new album "End of Disclosure," Hypocrisy decided to re-release the classic album “Penetralia + Osculum Obscenum," remastered and enriched with extensive bonus material as a limited 2CD box set. The set will drop July 12th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

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Hypocrisy Announces 2CD Re-Release

After the release of Hypocrisy's new album “End Of Disclosure” in March, the decision was made to re-release the classic albums “Penetralia + Osculum Obscenum,” remastered and enriched with extensive bonus material, as a limited 2 CD box.

The set will be released on July 12th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The following press release was also issued:

"In 1992 the band signed its first contract with Nuclear Blast Records and released its monumental debut 'Penetralia.' It marks the only time that the band functioned as a five-piece. This album displays a strong influence from American Death Metal. The follow-up 'Osculum Obscenum' (1993) marked another milestone in the history of crushing extreme death metal. This album is evil and dark Black/Death Metal the way it should be. When compared to other death metal albums of the same period, this absolutely kills nearly everything. Eerie guitar work, hellish screams, epic riffs..."

The track listing is as follows:

CD 1 - Penetralia (remastered + live bonus)
1. Impotent God
2. Suffering Souls
3. Nightmare
4. Jesus Fall
5. God Is A Lie
6. Left To Rot
7. Burn By The Cross
8. To Escape Is To Die
9. Take The Throne
10. Penetralia

Bonus tracks:
11. Left To Rot (live)
12. God Is A Lie (live) More...

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Aborted Drops Off North American Tour

Goremasters Aborted have cancelled their North American tour plans. In regards to this cancellation, front-man Sven de Caluwé comments:

"Unfortunately rumors are true. We were forced to pull out of our North American tour with Hypocrisy, Krisiun, and Arsis. Due to reasons beyond control, Hypocrisy was not able to receive US visas in time and had to pull out.

"We only found out 3 days ago and were sharing transport with Hypocrisy. Being this close to the start of tour, finding an affordable method of transportation and a driver was a near impossible task, making it impossible for us to still make it. We are extremely disappointed as we were very excited to make it back out to the US for our fans and share the stage on this great line-up.

"We had flights booked, visas processed, and everything was good to go, so when the news hit, it came as a shock. This cost us several thousands of dollars out of our own pockets and continuing would cost us even more money, which we simply don't have. We apologize to the fans and are already looking for a replacement tour in the near future.

"Krisiun and Arsis are still doing the tour, and we urge you all to still go and support them. All the bands here are victims in this of bureaucratic procedures, so no need to point fingers. We are all as broken by this as anyone else."

Brazil's Krisiun will now headline this North American trek with Arsis as direct support (Autumns End and Starkill will also play select shows). The newly revamped itinerary can be found here.

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Hypocrisy To Sit Out North American Tour

Hypocrisy has been forced to sit out the upcoming North American tour this May due to reasons beyond the band's control. Hypocrisy comments:

"The band members had received their visa approvals and everything was going as scheduled, until the embassy let them know that the earliest they could pick up their visas, get them stamped and so on, wasn't until late June at the earliest. A regular procedure that would normally take just a few days to sort, takes much longer at the moment due to that current workload Homeland Security is experiencing."

“As we were getting ready to go get our visas stamped and ready for the tour we were informed that the earliest we could go initially was sometime in July,” explains guitarist/vocalist Peter Tägtgren. “We then immediately continued to call them, got the label to help with some letters, and put our lawyer to work etc. The best that got us was an appointment in late June. This is a HUGE blow to us, to our fans and everyone who has supported Hypocrisy in North America. Sometimes there are battles you can’t win, and this is one of them. We will be back, I can promise that!”

The trek was also initially set to feature Brazilian brothers in death Krisiun, Belgian gore-grinders Aborted, and technical-melodic-death-masters Arsis, as well as Autumn's End and Starkill on select shows. The tour will continue as previously scheduled at this time minus Hypocrisy and Aborted. More...

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Hypocrisy Posts "Tales Of Thy Spineless" Video

Hypocrisy has posted the second music video for the new LP "End of Disclosure," this time for the track "Tales Of Thy Spineless" (see video for title track at this location).

"End Of Disclosure" is out now through Nuclear Blast. The video was shot during the band's release show on March 22nd, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Check out "Tales Of Thy Spineless" here:

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Hypocrisy Posts Third Trailer For New LP

Hypocrisy posted the third in a series of preview trailers, featuring commentary by Peter Tägtgren, for the upcoming release "End of Disclosure." The album is set for release on March 22nd (EU), March 25th (UK) and April 2, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out stream of the new track "Tales of Thy Spineless" over at this location as well as the music video for the title track.

In this third trailer, Tägtgren discusses the music and writing:

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Hypocrisy Streaming New Track

Hypocrisy is streaming the new track "Tales Of Thy Spineless." The song appears on the band's upcoming LP "End Of Disclosure," which is due out on March 22, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is as follows:

1. End Of Disclosure (see music video)
2. Tales Of Thy Spineless
3. The Eye
4. United We Fall
5. 44 Double Zero
6. Hell Is Where I Stay
7. Soldier Of Fortune
8. When Death Calls
9. The Return

Check out "Tales Of Thy Spineless" here: More...

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Hypocrisy Posts Making Of "End Of Disclosure"

Hypocrisy posted "making of" footage for the band's new music video clip for "End Of Disclosure" (shown here), the title track from the upcoming album due out on March 22, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

The track listing is as follows:

1. End Of Disclosure
2. Tales Of Thy Spineless
3. The Eye
4. United We Fall
5. 44 Double Zero
6. Hell Is Where I Stay
7. Soldier Of Fortune
8. When Death Calls
9. The Return

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Krisiun Joining Hypocrisy Tour

Krisiun will return to North America once again this May for a tour in support of the 2011 album "The Great Execution." Also on the trek are Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy, Belgium's Aborted, and technical metal act Arsis.

Autumn's End and Starkill will provide additional support on select shows. The dates are as follows:

May 01 - Gramercy - New York, NY *
May 02 - Palace - Stafford, CT *
May 03 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC *
May 04 - WreckRoom - Toronto, ON *
May 06 - Reggie’s - Chicago, IL *
May 07 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN *
May 08 - The Zoo - Winnipeg, MB *
May 09 - The Exchange - Regina, SK *
May 10 - Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB *
May 11 - Republik - Calgary, AB *
May 13 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC *
May 14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA **
May 17 - The Vex - Los Angeles, CA **
May 18 - 910 Live - Tempe, AZ **
May 20 - Trees - Dallas, TX **
May 21 - Korova - San Antonio, TX **

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** with AUTUMN'S END More...

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Hypocrisy Releases New Music Video

The video clip for "End Of Disclosure," the title track off the upcoming album by Sweden's legendary death metallers Hypocrisy is being premiered now by Metal Hammer Germany. Check it out right here or in the player below.

The video clip was shot by producer Ville Lipiainen in Stockholm. “End Of Disclosure” will be released March 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast and has the following track listing:

01. End Of Disclosure
02. Tales Of Thy Spineless
03. The Eye
04. United We Fall
05. 44 Double Zero
06. Hell Is Where I Stay
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. When Death Calls
09. The Return

Peter Tägtgren states: “This time I wanted to go back to basic, felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums , it's straight to the point, it's more Hypocrisy than ever, the fast, the heavy, the epic.. Enjoy!” More...

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Hypocrisy Posts New Lyric Video

Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy has just released a lyric video for the title track off upcoming album "End Of Disclosure." Check it out below.

“End Of Disclosure” will be released March 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast and has the following track listing:

01. End Of Disclosure
02. Tales Of Thy Spineless
03. The Eye
04. United We Fall
05. 44 Double Zero
06. Hell Is Where I Stay
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. When Death Calls
09. The Return More...

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Hypocrisy Posts Listening Session Video

Swedish death metal monsters Hypocrisy have just released a first trailer for their upcoming album "End of Disclosure."

The video resulted from the listening session of the new album, which took place at the Abyss Studios in Sweden on January 12th, and shows the first impressions of the international press. Check it out below.

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Hypocrisy Posts European Tour Trailer

Swedish death metal monsters Hypcorisy have just confirmed more tour dates for 2013. The official release shows of the new album “End Of Disclosure” are going to take place on March 22nd in Stockholm/Klubben and March 23rd in Göteborg/Brew House. A full list of upcoming shows can be found after the jump.

The band has also posted a tour trailer of the upcoming European tour, available below. The new album "End Of Disclosure" will be released March 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. Check out the title track at this location. More...

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Hypocrisy Reveals New Album Artwork, First Song

Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy have just released the cover artwork, tracklist, and the first song from upcoming new album "End Of Disclosure." Check out the title track in the player below or at the band's Facebook profile.

Band mastermind Peter Tägtgren comments: “This time I wanted to go back to basic, felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums, it's straight to the point, it's more Hypocrisy than ever, the fast, the heavy, the epic... Enjoy!” More...

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