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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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Powerwolf Confirms Festival Date

Heavy metallers Powerwolf have announced that they will be taking part in this year's edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place between July 7-9, 2011 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany.

The confirmed line-up includes:

AMORPHIS
CALIBAN
EMIL BULLS
END OF GREEN
FEUERSCHWANZ
FREI.WILD
GRAND MAGUS
HACKNEYED
HAIL OF BULLETS
HAMMERFALL
HYPOCRISY
IN EXTREMO
LETZTE INSTANZ
ORDEN OGAN
PAUL DI'ANNO
POWERWOLF
SALTATIO MORTIS
SEPULTURA
STAHLMANN
TARJA
THE NEW BLACK
TURISAS
TÝR
U.D.O.

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Swedish Metal Elite To Record Anti-Bullying Song

Several members of notable Swedish metal bands including Meshuggah, Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Nightwish and Evergrey have come together to record an anti-bullying song as a way of raising awareness and taking action on the topic of bullying and harrassment in schools. The new band, a one-off project, is called Sweden United whose new single, "Open Your Eyes", will be made available on October 11th, 2010 through Supernova Records. The single was mixed by acclaimed producer Jens Bogren.

Musicians set to appear on "Open Your Eyes" include:
Jens Kidman (MESHUGGAH)
Jimmie Strimmel (DEAD BY APRIL)
Anette Olzon (NIGHTWISH)
Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK)
Henrik Englund (SCARPOINT)
Zak Tell (CLAWFINGER)
Martin Westerstrand (LILLASYSTER)
Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY)
Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN)

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Hypocrisy Announces South American Tour

Swedish death metal group Hypocrisy has announced that they will be heading to South America this September for a series of headlining shows. More dates also expected to be added soon.

The initial tour dates are as follows:

September 22 - Carioca Club - Sao Paulo, Brazil
September 23 - El Teatro Flores - Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 28 - Teatro Metropol- Bogota, Columbia
October 1 - Circo Volador - Mexico City, Mexico

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Hypocrisy Video Interview Available

Chuul.net conducted an interview with Hypocrisy bassist Mikael Hedlund at the 2010 edition of France's Hellfest. Video footage of the interview is available below.

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Hypocrisy Broadcasting Live Show tonight

The Swedish melodic death metal band Hypocrisy is set to broadcast their show over at The Rave in Milwaukee tonight via an online web stream at 11:05 PM EST. The band is set to perform for ninety minutes with a combination of old and new material.


The band's tour will continue until June 1st when the band finishes their show at the Crazy Donkey in New York. The remaining dates are as follows:

May 25 2010 8:00P Uncle Pleasants Louisville, Kentucky, US
May 26 2010 8:00P BLONDIE’S Detroit, Michigan, US
May 27 2010 8:00P Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio, US
May 28 2010 8:00P The Palladium Worcester, Massachuse, US
May 29 2010 8:00P Wreck Room Toronto, ON – CANADA, CA
May 30 2010 8:00P Foufounes Electriques Montreal, QC – CANADA, CA
May 31 2010 8:00P Imperial Quebec City, QC – CANADA, CA
Jun 1 2010 8:00P Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, New York, US

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Hypocrisy Comments On Upcoming Tour

Swedish death metallers Hypocrisy will be returning to North America to play 20 shows in support of their latest release, "A Taste of Extreme Divinity." Direct support on the trek will come from fellow countrymen and label mates Scar Symmetry. Also on the bill are Hate, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle.

Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tägtgren commented: "Hello freaks! We’re really happy to hit North America again - finally! - and we’re bringing the whole stage-set with us. We´ll do a 90 minute show every night with old and new shit, so hope to see you out there!”

Confirmed tour dates for the “A Taste Of Extreme Divinity North American Tour 2010” are:

5/11 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
5/12 - Mesa, AZ @ UB's
5/13 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
5/14 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
5/15 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
5/16 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/17 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
5/18 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/22 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
5/23 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
5/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
5/25 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
5/26 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
5/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/28 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
5/29 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
5/30 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Électriques
5/31 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
6/01 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donke

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Hypocrisy To Stream Concert Online

An upcoming live show in Milwaukee featuring Hypocrisy, Scar Symmetry, Hate, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle will be available for streaming online. The free live stream will occur on Monday, May 24th, 2010 via this location at 6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern. To access the free live stream you will need to go through the free sign up process and download the Windows Media plugin Flip4Mac.

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Hypocrisy Posts New Music Video Online

Sweden's legendary death metallers HYPOCRISY, who are about to tour the United States of America, have uploaded their latest music video. Watch the video for "Weed Out The Weak" below:

The track comes off the group's new album called "A Taste of Extreme Divinity," which was released in October 2009.

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Brutal Assault Festival Confirms Two More Bands

The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Nuclear Blast Posts Free Spring 2010 Sampler

Nuclear Blast and Amazon.com have teamed up to provide metalheads everywhere in the U.S.A. with the “Sinister Spring Sampler” featuring the following eleven bands and tracks from the label’s roster:

EXODUS, “The Hammer And Life” (demo)
ELUVEITIE, “Thousandfold”
ARSIS, “Beyond Forlorn”
ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, “Cryogenica”
MNEMIC, “Sons Of The System”
NILE, “Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld”
EPICA, “Resign To Surrender”
THREAT SIGNAL, “Through My Eyes”
SONATA ARCTICA, “Flag In The Ground”
AUGURY, “Faith Puppeteers”
HYPOCRISY, “Hang Him High”

All tracks are in MP3 format and compatible with MP3 players (including the iPod), iTunes, and Windows Media Player. Download all tracks from the Amazon free sampler at this location.

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Hellfest Confirms Finals Acts

The organisers of the French metal festival Hellfest has announced the last additions to the event's lineup. The already hugely impressive lineup will now also feature Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Saxon, Slayer, Deftones, Airbourne, Fear Factory, Carcass, Fields Of Nephilm, Infectious Grooves, Stone Sour, Hypocrisy, Exodus, Annihilator, Devin Townsend Project, Mass Hysteria, Doom, Dillinger Escape Plan, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, Tamtrum, Electric Mary Vulcain, Kalisia and Blaspheme. The festival will be held in Clisson from June 18th-20th.

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Scar Symmetry Added To Hypocrisy Tour

Swedish melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry has been added to an upcoming North American tour with HYPOCRISY, Hate, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle,

Guitarist Per Nilsson comments, "Touring the US with our buddies HYPOCRISY, are you fucking kidding me?! We'd better make reservations at the Betty Ford clinic! Man, is this going to be a party or what?! We haven't toured North America since 2007, which makes for two albums worth of music never performed live over there. Many thanks to HYPOCRISY for inviting us!" More...

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Hypocrisy Announces North American Tour

Swedish extreme metallers Hypocrisy have announced they will be returning to North America in May. Support on the tour will come from Hate, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

5/11 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
5/12 - Mesa, AZ @ UB's
5/13 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
5/14 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
5/15 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
5/16 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
5/17 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
5/18 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
5/19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/22 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
5/23 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
5/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
5/25 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
5/26 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
5/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/28 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
5/29 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
5/30 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Électriques
5/31 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
6/01 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey

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Peter Tagtgren Explains Hypocrisy Tour Situation

Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy and Pain has checked in with the following update:

"Due the next Pain album pre-production going on already I think it is fair to tell you all that this upcoming European tour will the only one for the new album.

"The plan is to do this Euro tour and -finally, tour the US and South America and of course do a handful of European summer festivals, but then I´ll have to lock myself to The Abyss and complete the next Pain album.

"So we are really looking forward to meet you all at the upcoming Hypocrisy European tour - LONG TIME, NO DEATH indeed!

"Also, the HYPO live DVD recordings in Sofia should be a total chaos ;)"

Here are the upcoming Hypocrisy tour dates: More...

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Hypocrisy Gets U.S. Visa Issues Worked Out

Legendary Swedish death metallers, HYPOCRISY, have issued the following statement:

“It seems Santa has come early this year for HYPOCRISY! As previously reported, we were forced to cancel our recently scheduled tour with ENSIFERUM due to problems with work visas. Today we received the good news that we are now all cleared to enter the country. We are currently planning to come back to the US sometime in early 2010! We will let everyone know very soon when the tour and line up is confirmed. Thanks to all our fans for supporting HYPOCRISY all these years!”

HYPOCRISY had enlisted the help of CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho to temporarily fill the vacant 2nd guitarist spot on their tour alongside ENSIFERUM, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD and SWASHBUCKLE.

Previously HYPOCRISY had been in holding mode, fully expecting to join the tour that was already in progress at the time at a later date. In an earlier statement the band explained their situation:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to stay home until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process and authorize our working visas. This is the first time the band has faced a situation like this and it’s extremely frustrating, as well as depressing, since the last thing we want to do is disappoint our loyal fans who have waited years to see us live in the US. We filed for our visas with plenty of time, but as some probably don’t know, the US government has changed its rules when it comes to visas issued to artists so it’s become tougher. Even if we have already toured the US numerous times.”

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Helltrain Confirmed For House Of Metal Festival

Swedish death 'n roll act Helltrain have announced they will be playing the House of Metal Festival in Umeå, Sweden, which takes place on March 6th, 2010. The other confirmed bands include Behemoth, Lamb of God, and Hypocrisy. More information on the festival can be found here.

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Hypocrisy Cancels North American Tour

Swedish death metallers Hypocrisy have issued the following statement in regards to their tour with Ensiferum and their current troubles with U.S. immigration:

“We regretfully have to officially announce the cancellation of our tour in North America. We’ve tried everything so far and it seems like the process will take longer than expected for one of the members in the band. We will try to come back as soon as possible, as we want to show our US fans that we care for them and we are ready to play the new songs live!”

Previously Hypocrisy had been in holding mode, fully expecting to join the tour that was already in progress at a later date. In an earlier statement the band explained their situation:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to stay home until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process and authorize our working visas. This is the first time the band has faced a situation like this and it’s extremely frustrating, as well as depressing, since the last thing we want to do is disappoint our loyal fans who have waited years to see us live in the US. We filed for our visas with plenty of time, but as some probably don’t know, the US government has changed its rules when it comes to visas issued to artists so it’s become tougher. Even if we have already toured the US numerous times.”

Hypocirsy had enlisted the help of Children of Bodom guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho to temporarily fill the vacant 2nd guitarist spot on this tour alongside Ensiferum, Ex Deo, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle.

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Hypocrisy Reveals New Album Chart Entries

Swedish death metallers Hypocrisy have announced their new album "A Taste of Extreme Divinity" entered the Billboard charts with the following entries:

#23 on Heatseekers
#74 on Top Hard Music Albums

The album, which was released in Europe on October 23, 2009 and in North America on November 3, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records, was produced once again by vocalist/guitarist Peter Tagtgren. The CD cover artwork was created by artist Necrolord (known for his artwork with Dissection, Emperor, At The Gates).

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Hypocrisy To Miss Some US Dates Due To Visa Issues

Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY have issued the following statement in regards to their upcoming tour with ENSIFERUM that starts on Friday, November 6th:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to stay home until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process and authorize our working visas. This is the first time the band has faced a situation like this and it’s extremely frustrating, as well as depressing, since the last thing we want to do is disappoint our loyal fans who have waited years to see us live in the US. We filed for our visas with plenty of time, but as some probably don’t know, the US government has changed its rules when it comes to visas issued to artists so it’s become tougher. Even if we have already toured the US numerous times.

As it stands now, we are on stand-by mode and waiting to receive the green light. We hope it’s just a few days before that happens, in the meantime we want to apologize to all the fans that planned on going to see us tear shit up live. We will do our best to re-join the tour as soon as possible!”

HYPOCRISY have enlisted the help of CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho to temporarily fill the vacant second guitarist spot on their tour alongside ENSIFERUM, HYPOCRISY, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD, SWASHBUCKLE. More...

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Hypocrisy Recruits Alexi Laiho For Tour

Swedish metallers Hypocrisy have enlisted Children of Bodom guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho for their upcoming North American tour. Alexi has agreed to temporarily fill the currently vacant guitarist spot on their tour alongside Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle

Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tagtgren commented: “We’re very happy to bring Alexi along on this tour and that he’s helping us out with filling the 2nd guitarist position. Funny, the first Children of Bodom show was a support gig for Hypocrisy. Since then me and Alexi have become very good friends. I’ve helped him with producing and he's helped me by contributing a guitar solo on one of my records with my other band Pain. There will be no shortage of alcohol on this tour that’s for sure.”

The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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