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


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 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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Hypocrisy Posts New Track on MySpace

Swedish death metallers Hypocrisy has posted a brand new track, called "Hang Him High," on MySpace. Check it out at www.myspace.com/hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy's upcoming album, "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity," is scheduled for release in Europe on October 23, 2009 and in North America on November 3, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the album trailer at this location.

Hypocrisy will be embarking on a North American tour this fall and a European tour in the new year. Dates are as follows: More...

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Hypocrisy Posts New Album Teaser Trailer

A new teaser trailer for "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity," the upcoming album from Swedish extreme metallers Hypocrisy, can be viewed below. "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity" is scheduled for release in Europe on October 23, 2009 and in North America on November 3, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Hypocrisy Posts New Album Teaser Trailer Online

Hypocrisy has posted an official album trailer for their upcoming album "A Taste of Extreme Divinity," which can be viewed below. "A Taste of Extreme Divinity" will be released on October 23, 2009 (Europe) and November 3, 2009 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records and was produced by vocalist/guitarist Peter Tagtgren. More...

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Blackguard Checks In with Tour Recap, Album Update

Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze has checked in with the following Summer Slaughter Tour recap and new album update:

"Hey everyone! Paul Ablaze here. I'm very sorry for the lack of updates, these things slip my mind sometimes . But here it is finally (better late than never i suppose) a little something to let you all know what's gone down and what's in the works!

"Summer Slaughter Re-cap (i started writing this a while ago)

"This years summer slaughter has come and gone. Beers were drunk, blood was shed, vomit covered jeans, didn't see anyone cry but who knows? Point is no one came out the other end of this beast unchanged in some way, and we are without a doubt stronger than we've ever been as a band because of it.
This being only our second full north american tour we had everything to prove to both the fans and our peers, and i believe we won the respect of both along the way. I had said early on in the tour how amazed i was on how social everyone was and how much we as a tour came together and pulled for one another. I truly believe that the only reason this tour finished when it was suppose to and not 4 weeks earlier was because of the strength in character everyone displayed and how devoid everyone was of any kind of "ego" or "rock star" mentality.

"There are certain memories that surly stick out amongst the never ending (sometimes fuzzy) memories of good times that happened over the past month and a half. a few note worthy ones include: More...

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Swashbuckle To Join Ensiferum On Tour Dates

Pirate metallers Swashbuckle have announced that they will be joining Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, and Blackguard on select dates of their upcoming U.S. tour. The only confirmed date so far has been 11/6 in Springfield, Virginia. More information about specific dates will be announced as it comes available.

Swashbuckle's list of other tour dates are as follows: More...

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Hypocrisy Announces Final Track List

Nuclear Blast death metallers Hypocrisy has announced the final tracklist for their upcoming album, "A Taste of Extreme Divinity." The album is slated for release October 23 in Europe and November 3 in the US. Also available will be a Digipak version including the bonus track "The Sinner", a limited 180g vinyl plus bonus 7inch in gatefold and a strictly limited mailorder edition.

The tracklist is as follows:

1. Valley Of The Damned
2. Hang Him High
3. Solar Empire
4. Weed Out The Week
5. No Tomorrow
6. Global Domination
7. Taste The Extreme Divinitiy
8. Alive
9. The Quest
10. Tamed "Filled With Fear"
11. Sky Is Falling Down

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Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo & Blackguard to Tour

Fresh off a successful stint on this year's Summer Slaughter Tour, Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum will kick off an American headlining tour with support from Nuclear Blast recording artists Hypocrisy and Ex Deo as well as Sumerian recording artists Blackguard.

Said Ensiferum guitarist Markus Toivonen:

"We had a great time on this year's Summer Slaughter tour. Thanks to all the bands involved, and to all the fans that came to see us. We're very excited to come back to [America] in November to support our new album, From Afar. Hypocrisy, Ex Deo and Blackguard are great bands. It should be great fun for everyone!"

Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy will be touring in support of their soon-to-be-released and highly anticipated new full-length, "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity." The record will mark the band's their first full-length since 2005's "Virus."

Commented frontman Peter Tagtgren on the record:

"We’re happy of the result so far; its got everything a Hypocrisy album should have in our own point of view. We will release it October 23rd (Europe) and November 3rd (North America) and start touring in [America], supporting Ensiferum!"

Roman-themed death metal troop Ex Deo, featuring members of Kataklysm, Martyr and Blackguard, will be touring in support of their recently issued debut, "Romulus."

"I would like to thank everyone from the Ensiferum camp for this generous invitation," said mainman Maurizio Iacono. "We cordially accept the offer, but make no mistake: Rome bows to no one and our American legions are growing rapidly. We come for blood and we shall take no prisoners and in the great words of Caesar, 'Vini, Vidi, Vici,' and this is what we intend to do in November.”

The folk-influenced progressive metal act Blackguard are currently celebrating the release of their debut, "Profugus Mortis." Added Blackguard vocalist Paul Ablaze:

"We had such a blast with our Finnish brothers Ensiferum on the Summer Slaughter tour that a second round seems appropriate. Magnified by the legendary Hypocrisy and our friends in the Roman legion of Ex Deo, this will be the show to see this late fall."

Tour dates to be announced.

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Hypocrisy Announces New Album Release Date

Hypocrisy mainman, Peter Tägtgren, has issued the following update:

"Hey, its about time for an update now. We have a title for the new album now: 'A Taste Of Extreme Divinity!' [cover art] I'm at the end of the recording n mixing, a few songs left to sing on. The rest are done mixingwise... It's just been too busy with touring and recording bands, and I didn't wanna burn myself out totally. Were happy of the result so far, it got everything a HYPO album should have in our own point of view. We will release it October 23rd and start touring in the USA Nov 5th, supporting Ensiferum, then in January 2010 we do a headline tour in Europe, after that we'll try to hit rest of the world, stay tuned for more updates in a few weeks!"

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Hypocrisy Issues Studio Update

Swedish metallers, Hypocrisy, have issued the following update from the studio:

"Michael came to the abyss the other day and between me and him we have 13 songs done, and horgh will come to studio beginning of Jan and crack the drums on it.."

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Algaion Reunites and Signs To Pulverised Records

After a great long decade of silence, Swedish melodic black metal band ALGAION has reunited and preparations for a new full-length album are underway.

Previously busy on his stint with other bands (Hypocrisy, Pain, etc) and also currently in Swedish power metal band Morifade, Mathias Kamijo decided that it was time to resurrect the ghost of ALGAION and brought it back to life in 2008 together with founding member Mårten Björkman.

New blood has since joined the ALGAION camp, with current members from Corporation 187, Viktor Klint and Robert Eng, contributing on guitars and drums respectively, and Tobias Leffler (previously in Vergelmer and N.C.O) on bass.

Pulverized Records commented on the signing: "It is our great pleasure to have ALGAION join the ranks of the Pulverised Records roster; we are very excited and definitely look forward to a great working releationship with such a veteran class act!"


Mathias Kamijo - Guitars
Mårten Björkman - Vocals

Session Members:
Viktor Klint (Coporation 187) - Guitars
Robert Eng (Coporation 187) - Drums
Tobias Leffler (previously in Vergelmer and N.C.O) - Bass

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Contraband Candy Posts Part 2 of Wacken Report

Contraband Candy has posted the second part of Wacken Assault, their 2008 Wacken Open Air Festival video report. Listen to what the likes of Erik Danielsson of Watain has to say about Americans, what Massachusetts Metalcore gods Unearth think about whale sex, who legendary producer/performer Peter Tägtgren fancies, what your band needs to impress the head of A&R at Century Media and lots more.

In part 2 Contraband Candy talks to:

The Berzerker
Peter Tägtgren
Steve Hughes (Comedian)

You can watch the half hour video report on Contraband Candy or below. More...

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Pain Announces New European Tour And Album

Pain, the Swedish band led by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) will embark on the European tour in January/February 2009. Support on the trek will come from Brother Firetribe, the Finnish AOR/hard rock band featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen.

According to Pain, "David Wallin [drums] can’t be a part of this tour because of personal reasons. The name of the stand-in drummer will be announced shortly."

The band has also announced the upcoming release of their new album. "Cynic Paradise" will be released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction" (which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner) features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for PAIN," according to a press release. Nightwish singer Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks — "Follow Me" and "Feed Us".

The tracklist for the new album is as follows:

01. I'm Going In
02. Monkey Business
03. Follow Me (feat. Anette Olzon)
04. Have A Drink On Me
05. Don't Care
06. Reach Out (And Regret)
07. Generation X
08. No One Knows
09. Live Fast - Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us (feat. Anette Olzon)

"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus CD. More...

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Sanctification Reveals New Album Title

Swedish death metallers, SANCTIFICATION, have announced their new album title as “Black Reign.” Peter Tägtgren from Hypocrisy and Emperor Magus Caligula from Dark Funeral have contributed guest vocals on this new album. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Thirst For Blood
2. Black Reign (Featuring guest vocals by Peter Tägtgren and Emperor Magus Caligula)
3. Raw
4. Eternal (Featuring guest vocals by Peter Tägtgren)
5. Hear This
6. Dead Forever
7. Flesh, Bone And Skin
8. Trucido Christianese
9. Storm (Featuring guest vocals by Emperor Magus Caligula) More...

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Pain Re-Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has resigned Peter Tägtgren and his industrial metal band PAIN. After more than ten years since the release of the self-titled PAIN debut on Nuclear Blast, the Swedish mastermind and HYPOCRISY-mainman is already busy working on his comeback album that is scheduled for a release in October 2008.

PAIN has also just returned from an immensely successful European tour as a support act for NIGHTWISH, which lead them through 18 countries and was witnessed by approximately 150,000 people.

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Hypocrisy To Re-Release Album With Bonus Material

Poland's Metal Mind Productions will re-release the debut album from the legendary Swedish extreme metal band HYPOCRISY — "Penetralia" (1992) — on May 12 in Europe (July 8 in the USA via MVD). The limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) will be made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.

"Penetralia" (remastered + bonus tracks) track listing:

01. Impotent God
02. Suffering Souls
03. Nightmare
04. Jesus Fall
05. God Is A…
06. Left To Rot
07. Burn By The Cross
08. To Escape Is To Die
09. Take The Throne
10. Penetralia

Bonus tracks:

11. Life of Filth
12. Lead By Satanism

HYPOCRISY's latest album, "Virus", came out in September 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Pain Announce New Touring Guitarist

Swedish metallers PAIN, the band fronted by HYPOCRISY's Peter Tägtgren, has recruited René Sebastian (photo) from ICONDEMN to play guitar on the second leg of PAIN's European tour as the support act for NIGHTWISH.

Commented PAIN: "We're looking forward to meet [René] for the first time on the plane to Hamburg on Sunday. You will meet him on stage on Monday. René has promised us total f*kin mayhem on stage and I'm sure that's what you'll get. We'll try to soften him up with a couple of beers for you."

"The last eight days have been really relaxing and recharging for us. Now we are eager to go out on this second leg of the tour and kick your asses again (and maybe someone will kick ours again). Twenty-five shows remain and we're really looking forward to play in France (again), Spain, Portugal and Great Britain etc. Last mentioned is untouched ground for us which makes it even more exciting. Kick ass!!!" More...

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Metal Mind Prod. Signs Deal with Nuclear Blast

Metal Mind Productions has announced a multi licensing deal signed with Nuclear Blast Records for their interesting, valuable back-catalogue.

In the first half of 2008 Metal Mind Productions will re-issue nearly 70 albums from their deep archives. The selection of bands includes Brutallity, Control Denied, Darkseed, Disharmonic Orchestra, Gardenian, Horde, Hypocrisy, Impulse Manslaughter, Macabre, Mortification, Night In Gales, Slaughter, Warhammer or Winter to name a few. This is a must-have offer for fans of good music - re-issues of classic material in new digipak editions, each title limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process. The albums will include additional features like bonus audio or video material, biography, liner notes from Artists etc.

Tomasz Dziubinski, the President of Metal Mind Productions: "We are very proud to have finalized the deal with Nuclear Blast. It is a huge distinction for Metal Mind Productions that such a fantastic label wanted to start co-operating with us. We expect that we will achieve great sales results as we want to make re-releases of the highest quality: classic albums in new, improved editions. We want to achieve the best results possible. We do hope that our cooperation with Nuclear Blast will develop very well and fans can expect more and more interesting albums to be re-released."

Among first titles to be re-issued as part of this deal are eight Mortification albums, Control Denied and Macabre.

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Hypocrisy Begin Writing New Album

Swedish extreme metallers HYPOCRISY are currently remixing their album Catch 22 andhave issued the following update about it:

“As you’ve probably heard, we’re remixing and redoing the vocals on ‘Catch 22' (originally issued in 2002) and re-releasing it. Why?! Because we still think it is a great fucking album but it got slammed and misunderstood because of the vocal style and the drum sound and so on.”

“Everybody in HYPOCRISY is sitting home and writing for the next album right now and we wanna make sure it will be the best release we can do… When it will be out, we don’t know. Maybe in the beginning of 2009.”

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