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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 Announce U.K. Dates

Sweden's HYPOCRISY have announced the following dates for 2006:

Jan. 10 - London, UK @ The Electric Ballroom
Feb. 15 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Feb. 16 - Manchester, UK @ Satans Hollow
Feb. 17 - Dublin, IRE @ Temple Bar
Feb. 18 - Glasgow, SCO @ Cathouse

HYPOCRISY are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Virus", which came out in September via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Close-Up Magazine Announce Top Albums Of The Year

A total of 30 metal, rock and punk writers at Sweden's Close–Up magazine have voted in the magazine's annual critics' album-of-the-year poll. The final results were as follows:

01. SYSTEM OF A DOWN – "Mezmerize"
02. OPETH – "Ghost Reveries"
03. NINE INCH NAILS – "With Teeth"
04. THE MARS VOLTA – "Frances the Mute"
05. MUNICIPAL WASTE – "Hazardous Mutation"
06. TURBONEGRO – "Party Animals"
07. NILE – "Annihilation of the Wicked"
08. HELLACOPTERS – "Rock & Roll Is Dead"
09. NEVERMORE – "This Godless Endeavor"
10. BLINDSIDE – "The Great Depression"
11. CANDLEMASS – "Candlemass"
12. DARK FUNERAL – "Attera Totus Sanctus"
13. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – "Lullabies to Paralyze"
14. ANNIHILATION TIME – "II"
15. BIG BUSINESS – "Head for the Shallow"
16. STATIC–X – "Start a War"
17. CROWBAR – "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden"
18. HYPOCRISY – "Virus"
19. PORCUPINE TREE – "Deadwing"
20. DOZER – "Through the Eyes of Heathens"

For more information on Close-Up, visit www.closeupmagazine.net.

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Century Media Release Metal For The Masses Vol 4

Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.

Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.

Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:

God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation

Disc Two Includes:

Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral

Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies

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Nile Announce More Dates With Hypocrisy

More dates have been unleashed for the "Annihilation of the Wicked" tour featuring Nile, Hypocrisy, Soilent Green, Raging Speedhorn, Decapitated and With Passion:

Jan. 12 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Jan. 13 Houston, TX - Engine Room
Jan. 14 Fort Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
Jan. 15 San Antonio, TX - The Sanctuary
Jan. 17 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Jan. 18 Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
Jan. 19 Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 20 The Pound at Pier 96 - San Francisco, CA
Jan. 21 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Jan. 23 El Carazon - Seattle, WA
Jan. 25 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Jan. 27 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
Jan. 28 Sauget, IL - Pop's
Jan. 30 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Jan. 31 Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
Feb. 01 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Feb. 02 Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade
Feb. 03 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Feb. 04 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Feb. 06 New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club
Feb. 08 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Feb. 09 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Feb. 10 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Feb. 11 Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
Feb. 12 Culture Club - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Hypocrisy Posts New Song Online

A brand-new Hypocrisy track, entitled "Scrutinized", has been posted online at NuclearBlast.de (Real Media).

"Scrutinized" comes off the Swedish metallers' upcoming album, "Virus" (view cover here), due on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records (one day earlier internationally). A video for the song was in May and will begin airing soon.

"Virus" track listing:

01. Intro (not named yet)
02. Warpath
03. Scrutinized
04. Fearless
05. Craving for Another Killing
06. Let the Knife Do the Talking
07. A Thousand Lies
08. Incised Before I've Ceased
09. Blooddrenched
10. Compulsive Psychosis
11. Living to Die

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Fear My Thoughts Added To X-Mass Festival Tour

Fear My Thoughts has been added to this year's X-Mass Festival Tour, which features Hypocrisy, Exodus, Naglfar and Wintersun. Here are the list of tour dates for the festival:

Dec 04 Paris, FR - La Locomotive
Dec 05 Essen, D - Zeche Carl
Dec 06 Berlin, D - K17
Dec 07 Munchen, D - Backstage
Dec 08 Brno, CZ - Fleda
Dec 09 Engelsdorf, D - Hellraiser
Dec 10 Wien, A - Planet Music
Dec 11 Insbruck, A - Hafen
Dec 12 Rome, ITA - Alpheus
Dec 13 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Dec 14 Ludwigsburg, D - Rockfabrik
Dec 15 Hanau, D - Halle 2
Dec 16 Strasbourg, FR - La Laiterie
Dec 17 Tilburg, NL - 013
Dec 18 Antwerpen, BL - Hof Ter Loo

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Hypocrisy To Headline X-mass Festivals

Hypocrisy will invade Europe once again as headliners of this year's X-Mass-Festivals. Also featured on the bill are label-mates Exodus and Wintersun, along with Naglfar and Primordial.

X-mass Festibals 2005:

Dec 04 Paris, FR - La Locomotive
Dec 05 Essen, D - Zeche Carl
Dec 06 Berlin, D - K17
Dec 07 Munchen, D - Backstage
Dec 08 Brno, CZ - Fleda
Dec 09 Engelsdorf, D - Hellraiser
Dec 10 Wien, A - Planet Music
Dec 11 Insbruck, A - Hafen
Dec 12 Rome, ITA - Alpheus
Dec 13 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Dec 14 Ludwigsburg, D - Rockfabrik
Dec 15 Hanau, D - Halle 2
Dec 16 Strasbourg, FR - La Laiterie
Dec 17 Tilburg, NL - 013 (w/ Onslaught and 6 more acts TBA - 2 stages)
Dec 18 Antwerpen, BL - Hof Ter Loo (w/ Onslaught and 3 more acts TBA)

For more information, visit www.metallysee.com.

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Hypocrisy, Nile, Soilent Green Tour Dates Revealed

Hypocrisy will be teaming up with Nile, Soilent Green, Raging Speedhorn, Decapitated and With Passion for the "Annihilation of the Wicked" tour. Tour dates are as follows:

Jan. 12 House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
Jan. 13 Engine Room – Houston, TX
Jan. 14 Ridgles Theater - FT Worth, TX
Jan. 15 Sanctuary - San Antonio, TX
Jan. 17 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
Jan. 18 Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
Jan. 19 Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 20 The Pound at Pier 96 - San Francisco, CA
Jan. 21 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Jan. 23 El Carazon - Seattle, WA
Jan. 25 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Feb. 12 Culture Club – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Hypocrisy Drummer Hosptialized At Earthshaker Fest

According to a posting at SwedishMetal.net, HYPOCRISY drummer Horgh (ex-IMMORTAL) passed out Saturday morning (July 23) while partying with FINNTROLL at the Earthshaker Fest in Germany and had to be taken to the hospital. Rumors quickly began to spread that HYPOCRISY would be forced to cancel their gig at the festival, with HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Togtgren attempting to diffuse the situation by explaining that Horgh was "still alive." Fortunately, Horgh recovered in time for the HYPOCRISY gig to take place as scheduled.

HYPOCRISY's new album, "Virus" is scheduled for release on September 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. A video for the song "Scrutinized" was shot last month and will begin airing soon.

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Hypocrisy Reveal "Virus" Cover Art

Hypocrisy has revealed the cover art for "Virus," which will be released Sept. 19. Check it out here.

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Hypocrisy New Album Title Revealed

Hypocrisy bassist, Mikael Hedlund, has posted the following message on the official Hypocrisy website:

Hi everybody!

We're pleased to announce that our new album is called "Virus" and it's gonna be released on September 19th. Last week we did the video shooting for the song "Scrutinized". We had a great time doing it and hope you gonna enjoy it as much as we do. That's it for now - have a nice summer and see you at the festivals!

Cheers,
Mikael

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New Hypocrisy Album Tracklisting Revealed

Hypocrisy bassist, Mikael Hedlund, has posted this message on the band's official website:

We are happy to announce that we've completed the mastering of our new album last week. Even though the album is still untitled, we can guarantee you that it sounds killer! As soon as we have decided on the title, we will let you know!

The official release has been set for September 5th 2005, out on Nuclear Blast records. Below you can find the complete tracklist:

1. Intro (not named yet)
2. Warpath
3. Scrutinized
4. Fearless
5. Craving for another killing
6. Let the knife do the talking
7. A thousand lies
8. Incised before I've ceased
9. Blooddrenched
10. Compulsive psychosis
11.Living to die

Cheers,
Mikael

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.

It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...

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Schedule For NEMHF 2005 Announced

The 7th Annual New England Metal And Hardcore Festival is set to take place April 22-24 in Worcester, MA. As previously announced, this year's festival features stellar headlining acts such as KING DIAMOND, HATEBREED, DANZIG, OBITUARY, NILE, HYPOCRISY, DARK TRANQUILLITY and BEHEMOTH among others.

The following set times have been posted ( subject to change):

Main Stage Friday, April 22:

3:00 - 3:20- Winter Solstice
3:30 - 3:50- Kylesa
4:00 - 4:20- The Esoteric
4:30 - 4:50- Nora
5:00 - 5:20- Since the flood
5:30 - 5:50- Haste The Day
6:00 - 6:20- Premonitions Of War
6:30 - 7:00- All That Remains
7:15 - 7:45- Throwdown
8:00 - 8:30- As I lay dying
9:00 - 10:00- Obituary
10:30 - 11:30- Unearth
12:00 - 1:00- Hatebreed

Second Stage, Friday:

3:10 - 3:30- Ion Disonanance
3:40 - 4:00- Catastrophic
4:10 - 4:30- Scurvy
4:40 - 5:00- T.B.A.
5:10 - 5:30- The Minor Times
5:40 - 6:10- With Honor More...

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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Dark Tranquillity Itinerary Update, Endorsements

Here is Dark Tranquillity's updated European and North American tour itinerary:

North American tour with Soilwork, Hypocrisy, Mnemic:

April 5 - Buffalo, NY @ The Buffalo Icon
April 6 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
April 8 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
April 9 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
April 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe
April 12 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland
April 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
April 15 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
April 17 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 19 - Austin, TX @ The Back Room
April 20 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
April 22 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
April 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
April 24 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NEMHF)
April 26 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 27 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
April 29 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
April 30 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
May 1 - New York City, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
May 3 - Quebec City, QC @ Le Capitole Theatre
May 4 - Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
May 5 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 6 - Cleveland, OH @ Odeon Concert Club (BWBK Six-Pack Weekend Festival)
May 7 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's

European festival: More...

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New Dark Tranquillity Video Posted Online

The new Dark Tranquillity video for "Lost To Apathy" shot by acclaimed director Roger Johansson (In Flames, Soilwork) has been posted here.

The track comes off the group's critically acclaimed new album "Character," their groundbreaking and most challenging offering yet. "Character," is as brutal as it is thought provoking and introspective. It quickly captivates the listener, keeping them on the edge of their seat while pummeling them with a barrage of menacing riffs, atmospheric keyboards and memorable hooks.

Look for the band to embark on a major headlining U.S. tour early next month alongside Soilwork, Hypocrisy and Mnemic. Tour dates: More...

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Peter Tagtgren On Leaving Bloodbath

In a recent interview with BW&BK, Hypocrisy/Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren discussed his decision to leave Bloodbath. For those that have been living under a rock, Tägtgren provided vocals on the band's new album, "Nightmares Made Flesh," replacing Opeth vocalist Mike Akerfeldt.

"Leave? I was never in it," Tägtgren laughs. "They asked me to play Wacken, but I told them I was sorry, that I didn't have time. I don't know where I'm going to be there with Pain or at another festival at the same time. They wanted to announce it as a really special thing, and I understand that, but (Dan) Swanö said that it was okay, they would do it with another singer, and if I have time I could step in. But, Mike is back, so I'm off."

"I don't know if I'll do another Bloodbath album," he continues. "It's up to them. If they want to do it with me, great. That's a killer album. People have been commenting on my voice on that album, and all I can say is that it was the songs that brought it out. I think you'll hear a bit of the same kind of vocals on the new Hypocrisy. Musically, there's going to be some faster stuff on it because we've got Horgh on drums. He's playing blastbeats that are faster than what he did with Immortal. We're never going to be a black metal band, but there are parts that are really fast and technical."

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More Bands Confirmed For Up From The Ground Fest

Hypocrisy, Mnemic and Misery Index are the latest confirmations for the Up From The Ground festival, set to be held August 26-27 in Gemünden/Steinwiesen, Germany.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Antichrist
Dark Age
Defleshed
Ektomorf
End of Green
Ensiferum
Fearer
Hatesphere
Heaven Shall Burn
Hypocrisy
Koldbrann
Misery Index
Mnemic
My Darkest Hate
Napalm Death
Path of Golconda
Primordial
Unleashed

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New Hypocrisy Album Due In September

Hypocrisy bassist Mikael Hedlund has posed the following message on the group's official web site:

Here's a little update from us for everybody who's been wondering what's been going on in the Hypocrisy studio.

Currently we are taking a break from the recording process since Peter [Tägtgren, frontman] is doing shows with Pain. We will continue again next week.

As for the album itself, we have no title yet but we can tell you that we are very satisfied with the results so far. There will be ten songs on the album in total, five of which still need vocals added to them. The plan is to finish the recordings before our U.S. tour in April with Soilwork, Mnemic and Dark Tranquillity. The new album will most likely be released in September.

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