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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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Hypocrisy Cancels Australian Shows

Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy just announced the cancellation of their upcoming Australian shows. The band commented:

"Hey to all our Australian fans, it’s with sad, angry and pissed mind that I’m trying to find words to write this.

"Oceanic Sharks Booking Agency Sydney – Australia hasn’t yet provided us with flights or working visa for this tour and we’re forced to leave next Monday 14th Jan. We have asked time after time after time, and even put up a deadline to deliver that, but he has failed to do so for 3 months now. It’s so close that it’s all too late now...

"We can’t even get into the country even if we had flight tickets, cause he didn’t fix working visa for us yet. I can only hope you get your money back for the tickets you bought, and that a real booker from Australia will invite us soon so we can finally go to your country.

"Not really a good start of a new year… Hope to see you soon!”

The upcoming new Hypocrisy studio album, scheduled for a late March release, will be titled "End Of Disclosure."

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Hypocrisy Issues New Album Update

Swedish death metal monsters Hypocrisy are still working hard on their upcoming new studio album, scheduled for a late March release. The recordings are almost done and the new album will be entitled "End Of Disclosure."

Band leader Peter Tägtgren commented: "Hi all, we're still in the studio working hard to finalize the album. Horgh just layed down the drums - and let me tell you - it sounds awesome!!! Thundering and brutal! We can't wait to put out the new tracks and play them live! Hope to meet you all soon on road and wish you guys a great X-mas and happy new year!“

Hypocrisy's upcoing 2013 tour dates are as follows:

28.03.13 DE Essen/Turock
29.03.13 BE Namur/Cinex
01.04.13 FR Paris/Trabendo
03.04.13 CH Geneve/L'Usine
04.04.13 CH Winterthur/Salzhaus
06.04.13 DE Leipzig/Hellraiser
07.04.13 DE Hamburg/Markthalle
08.04.13 DE Berlin/K17
11.04.13 CZ Prag/Nova Chmelnice
12.04.13 DE Dettelbach/Metal Franconia Festival
13.04.13 DE München/Backstage
14.04.13 AT Wien/Szene

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Hypocrisy Drops Off Barge To Hell Bill

The "World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise," Barge To Hell, has made the following announcement on its official website:

"We just received very bad news from Sweden. Due to a family emergency of one of the band members, HYPOCRISY will unfortunately not be able to join us on board BARGE TO HELL. As sad as we are, we extend our best wishes to the family members affected and hope everything will turn out well."

Booking for the cruise is now closed. Barge To Hell will depart Miami, FL this Monday, 12/3, stop in Nassau, Bahamas, on Wednesday 12/5, and return to Miami on Friday, 12/7.

The official bill remains:

ABIOTIC
ARTILLERY
AT THE GATES
BEHEMOTH
BONDED BY BLOOD
BRUJERIA
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
DARK SERMON
ENSLAVED
EXODUS
GRAVE
HACKNEYED
HAVOK
HEADCRUSHER
HOLY MOSES
KAMPFAR
KRISIUN
LOCK UP
LOUDBLAST
MAYHEM
MONSTROSITY
MOONSPELL
MORGOTH
MUNICIPAL WASTE
NACHTMYSTIUM
NAPALM DEATH
NECRONOMICON (DE)
NECRONOMICON (CA)
NOVEMBERS DOOM
PARADISE LOST
POSSESSED
ROTTING CHRIST
SACRED REICH
SANCTUARY
SEITA
SEPULTURA
SODOM
SOILWORK
SOLSTAFIR
VITAL REMAINS
ZANTHROPYA EX

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Hypocrisy Posts New Facebook Interview Footage

Hypocrisy posted new interview footage where vocalist/guitarist Peter Tägtgren and bassist Mikael Hedlund answered questions collected from fans on Facebook. The interview covers a bit about the next album and the band's tour plans for 2012. Tägtgren indicated that the album is expected for a spring 2013 release.

Check out the footage here:

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Corrosion Of Conformity Playing Barge To Hell

The Barge to Hell will sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and will not return you to the real world for five days until Friday, December 7th, 2012. The organizers of the floating festival have now issued the following announcement about confirming Corrosion of Conformity for the cruise:

"Every good old barge is corroded. But they are better, they are the Barge to Hell, The World's Most Extreme Metal Cruise and they have Corrosion of Conformity! Barge to Hell, the cruise where everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days."

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Municipal Waste Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Municipal Waste is the latest band to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise, following the announcement of Holy Moses earlier this week.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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Holy Moses Added To The Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge to Hell have issued the following announcement about confirming Holy Moses as the latest act to play the cruise:

"Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

"The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

"The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

"And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following bands have now been announced: More...

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More Bands Announced For Barge To Hell

With time running out for booking with promo codes for those who pre-registered, the organizers of Barge To Hell have announced more bands for the extreme metal cruise lineup, ahead of general public ticket sales opening this Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12PM EST.

At The Gates, Belphegor, Kampfar, Soilwork and Solstafir have been added to the lineup, which takes the list of known bands to 21 out of the final 40.

Barge To Hell, from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, will set sail on December 3, 2012 from Miami, cruise to Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami on December 7.

Metal Underground.com contributor Goatlady was on board 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2012, and reported on the action here:

70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 1 Report | Day 1 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2 Report | Day 2 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 3 Report | Day 3 Photos
70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 4 Report | Day 4 Photos

The full lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Hypocrisy Writing New Album

Veteran Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy is currently prepping new material for its 13th studio album, which is scheduled for release next year on Nuclear Blast Records. The band has issued the following update to fill fans in on the process:

“We're now focusing on writing new songs for the next album. We've already some new material and it sounds killer! The plan is to record the new album in the autumn this year and release it in the first half of 2013. So far everything is working out as planned and we're really excited to bring out the new release.

“Between the writing process we're also doing some festival shows and we hope to see you all there! We'll keep you updated what’s going on with the band!”

Hypocrisy released its last full-length, "A Taste of Extreme Divinity," in 2009 on Nuclear Blast Records. Stay tuned to the official Hypocrisy Facebook page here for more information.

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First Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The first 16 bands for Barge To Hell 2012, the new all-extreme metal cruise from the organizers of 70,000 Tons of Metal, have been announced.

The lineup so far is:
ARTILLERY
ENSLAVED
HACKNEYED
HYPOCRISY
KRISIUN
LOUDBLAST
MOONSPELL
MORGOTH
PARADISE LOST
POSSESSED
ROTTING CHRIST
SACRED REICH
SANCTUARY
SEPULTURA
SIX FEET UNDER
SODOM More...

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Death Angel Confirmed For Metalfest 2012

Death Angel has just confirmed its participation in Metalfest 2012 and will raise hell by performing a song selection of the '87 classic “The Ultra Violence." Of course there are some more members of the Nuclear Blast family who are going to play at Metalfest 2012. You can look forward to:

Blind Guardian (not playing Metalfest Dessau)
Kreator
Hypocrisy
Vader

Dates are as follows:

31.05.-02.06.2012 Mining, Metalfest Austria
31.05.-02.06.2012 Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
01.06.-03.06.2012 Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
02.06.-05.06.2012 Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
05.06.-07.06.2012 Milan, Metalfest Italy
07.06.-09.06.2012 Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
07.06.-10.06.2012 Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
08.06.-10.06.2012 Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic

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Hypocrisy Offering Free Song Download

Legendary Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy has just uploaded the song “Roswell 47,” taken from the band's upcoming Live-CD/DVD “Hell Over Sofia.” This song was recorded during the “Long Time, No Death” tour 2010 at the Blue Box Club in Sofia, Bulgaria.

You can download the track for free here (email required).

“Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion” will be out on October 21st, 2011. Check out a promo trailer for the release below.

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Kreator To Headline Metalfest In 2012

Kreator announced it will be headlining Metalfest 2012 in June 2012. The announcement reads:

"We're proudly announcing, that Kreator are confirmed as one of the headliners for the 'Metalfest' festivals in 2012.

"In addition to the five locations from this year, there will be Metalfests in Italy, Poland and Croatia, with a second Metalfest in Germany set to take place in Loreley.

"Kreator will share the stage with Blind Guardian, Hypocrisy, Ensiferum and many more."

The confirmed dates:

May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Mining, Metalfest Austria
May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
June 1 - June 3, 2012 - Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
June 3 - June 5, 2012 - Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
June 5 - June 7, 2012 - Milan, Metalfest Italy
June 7 - June 9, 2012 - Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
June 7 - June 10, 2012 - Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
June 9 - June 10, 2012 - Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic"

The complete schedule will be available in 2012.

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Hypocrisy To Release Live DVD

Swedish death metal masters Hypocrisy have announced the release of a new DVD called “Hell over Sofia - 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion."

Mikael Hedlund states: “Finally after 20 years a DVD will be released to tell you the truth of Hypocrisy. It’s called 'Hell over Sofia- 20 Years of chaos and confusion.'

"It will contain a full concert from our last tour 'Long time, No death' 2010 in Blue Box Club in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was a show that had everything! The crowd was helping us doing one of our best shows ever in our history and it was recorded with several cameras. The DVD will also contain a one and a half hour documentary that will show you our 20 years of chaos and confusion.

"We would like to give our fans the true story of the past and give them all the details what have happened on our jurney over all these years. There are secrets that never has been told plus pictures and clips that never has been showed. This DVD will give you the full cover of Hypocrisy!”

“Hell over Sofia- 20 Years of chaos and confusion” will be out on October 14th, 2011.

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Carcass Frontman To Guest On New Lock Up Album

European extreme metal act Lock Up have announced that both Carcass frontman Jeff Walker and Hypocrisy/Pain vocalist Peter Tagtgren - who performed on the first Lock Up album - will be appearing on the band's forthcoming new full length. The new album, titled "Necropolis Transparent," is set to be released on July 12, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the revised track listing for the album below.

1. Brethren Of The Pentagram
2. Accelerated Mutation
3. The Embodiment Of Paradox And Chaos (feat. Jeff Walker)
4. Necropolis Transparent (feat. Peter Tägtgren)
5. Parasite Drama (feat. Jeff Walker)
6. Anvil Of Flesh
7. Rage Incarnate Reborn
8. Unseen Enemy (feat. Jeff Walker)
9. Stygian Reverberations
10. Life Of Devastation
11. Roar Of A Thousand Throats
12. Infiltrate And Destroy
13. Discharge The Fear (feat. Jeff Walker)
14. Vomiting Evil
15. Stigmatyr (bonus track)
16. Through The Eyes Of My Shadow Self (feat. Peter Tägtgren)
17. Tartarus (instrumental)

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Powerwolf To Play Rock Harz Festival

Powerwolf has issued the following announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Rock Harz Open Air festival:

"The next festival appearance for this year's open air season is confirmed: The wolves will preach at Rock Harz festival, taking place from Juli 9th-11th in Ballensted/Harz. Be there for blessings and benedictions."

Additional details on the festival are available here. Other confirmed bands include In Extremo, Hammerfall, Hypocrisy, Sepultura, Caliban, and more.

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