Band Photo: Hypocrisy (?)
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.
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...
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."
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:
End of Green
Heaven Shall Burn
My Darkest Hate
Path of Golconda
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.
The "Monsters Of Metal" clip-compilations got two evil little brothers – the "Monsters Of Death". This brandnew set of two DVDs features the who-is-who of Death Metal from Europa and America in 53 (!) clips ranging.
Among the selections: Dissection ('Where Dead Angels Lie'), At the Gates ('Terminal Spirit Disease'), Cannibal Corpse ('Deceny Defied'), Six Feet Under ('America The Brutal') and Hypocrisy ("Inferior Devoties"). There is also a live chapter with Malevolent Creation and Immolation plus some audio parts with new hot metal stuff from Nuclear Blast.
If you want to check out "Monster Of Metal", visit one of the following release parties. You can check out the material plus even grab some freebies.
Here are the dates: More...
The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...
Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.
Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.
There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...
On November 15th 2004 Dark Tranquillity's new “Lost To Apathy EP” was released through Century Media Records and received praise all over the globe, even managing to enter the official Swedish single charts at a very good position 47. Now it’s about time to introduce the upcoming seventh studio album “Character”, to be released January 24th 2005. Expect the best - because you’ll get the best!
The new massive Dark Tranquillity album “Character” is likely to be the most awaited Melodic Death Metal record since a very long time. We can assure that this album kicks serious ass, but also contains tons of great hooklines and a well-balanced mixture of pure aggression and fantastic melodies made for eternity. With “Character”, the Swedish six-piece have raised the bar to an almost unreachable height for their style’s “competitors”. You will get to hear and approve it: Simply check out the new song “Through Smudged Lenses” in the download section.
Mikael Stanne (Vocals) and Niklas Sundin (Guitar) just recently visited the German Century Media office and recorded a video message for their worldwide fan base: http://www.centurymedia.de/specials/dt_greetings.rm. More...
Soilwork have set a release date for their new cd titled "Stabbing the Drama" for March 8th. Along with this new CD, Soilwork will be touring with Dark Tranquility, Mnemic, and Hypocrisy.
Tour dates are as follows:
04/05/05 BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Icon
04/05/05 CHICAGO, IL - House Of Blues
04/07/05 MILWAUKEE, WI - The Eagles Club
04/08/05 LAWRENCE, KS - Granada Theatre
04/09/05 ENGLEWOOD, CO - Gothic Theatre
04/10/05 SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Lo-Fi Café
04/12/05 SEATTLE, WA - Graceland
04/14/05 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Pound
04/15/05 ANAHEIM, CA - House Of Blues
04/16/05 HOLLYWOOD, CA - The Key Club
04/17/05 SCOTTDALE, AZ - Venue Of Scottsdale
04/19/05 AUSTIN, TX - The Back Room
04/20/05 HOUSTON, TX - Engine Room
04/22/05 COLUMBUS, OH - Al Rosa Villa
04/23/05 PHILADELPHIA, PA - Trocadero
04/26/05 ATLANTA, GA - Masquerade
04/27/05 ORLANDO, FL - The Social
04/29/05 WEST SPRINGFIELD, VA - Jaxx
04/30/05 HARTFORD, CT - Webster Theater
05/01/05 NEW YORK, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club
05/03/05 QUEBEC CITY, QC - Le Capitole Theatre
05/04/05 MONTREAL, QC - The Medley
05/05/05 TORONTO, ON - Opera House
05/07/05 DETROIT, MI - Harpo´s Concert Theatre
Soilwork's upcoming North American tour with Dark Tranquillity, Hypocrisy and Mnemic has had more dates confirmed for it. Here's the updated intinerary:
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 Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
April 19 Austin, TX @ The Back Room
April 20 Houston, TX @ Engine Room
April 22 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
April 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
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
Sweden's Soilwork have confirmed via their official web site that the limited-edition European/U.S. version of their upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama," will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow." The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition."
The follow-up to 2003's "Figure Number Five" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro and Dug-Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Stuck Mojo). A February 28, 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.
Soilwork will be heading out on a North American tour with Dark Tranquillity and Hypocrisy beginning in April 2005. So far, only one date has been confirmed: April 29 at the Jaxx in Springfield, VA.
the limited-edition European/U.S. version of Soilwork's upcoming album, "Stabbing the Drama," will include a bonus track, entitled "Wherever Thorns May Grow." The Japanese edition will feature "Wherever Thorns May Grow" and an additional bonus cut by the name of "Killed by Ignition".
The follow-up to 2003's "Figure Number Five" was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro and Dug-Out Productions in Uppsala, Sweden with producer Daniel Bergstrand (Messhugah, In Flames, Stuck Mojo). A February 28, 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.
This is what Horgh, drummer of the mighty Hypocrisy, states on the official band website www.hypocrisy.tv about the recording process of the new album:
I want to share some info about what's going on in the Hypocrisy-camp with you. As I write this I have recorded the drums for the next Hypo-album and I’m back in Bergen/Norway where I live. I brought my new drum kit to the studio and it sounded killer. We all got impressed about how quick we found the sound we wanted. We spent like a half day finding the drum-sound and then everything was ready for me to start the recordings.
The recording-process was as cool as it can met. Peter and Mikael were there in the studio all the time and within three and a half days I recorded eleven new songs.
On the 9th of November, Mikael will start recording the bass-guitar. When he is done with that, I am sure he will let you know how it went here on our official website www.hypocrisy.tv.
Swedish extreme metallers Hypocrisy will be entering the studio early next month to start working on the follow-up to "The Arrival". "We have no title or release date yet but we will keep you updated during the recording process," the band write on their web site. An early 2005 release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected.
"The Arrival" was released last February through Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2002's "Catch-22" was recorded at frontman Peter Tägtgren's Abyss studios.
Arch Enemy singer Angel Gossow has issued the following message to the fans at this year’s Wacken Open Air on the band’s official website http://www.archenemy.net:
Just wanna drop a few words about Wacken, cuz it was absolutely fantastic for us! A big HELLO and THANK YOU goes out to all the people who have been waiting patiently for us to perform there: We finally made it to this crazy festival! And yes, it was worth the long van-ride down from Sweden! We not only had a fantastic, wild crowd when we played, we were also amazed and shocked by the amount of fans hanging out at the signing tent! Sorry to all those who couldn’t get their stuff signed, but we only had 45 minutes and had to leave on time – the next band was already there waiting for their turn..
We had a packed promo schedule that day, meeting and greeting a hell lot of cool people! I did a metal quiz with the great lady of rock, Mrs. Doro Pesch, met the guys from Hobbs Angel Of Death (cult!), chatted and laughed with Sabina Classen and talked to various members of Destruction, Marduk, Warlock, Hypocrisy, etc.. It takes me about one week to handle all the impressions I got during this lovely sunny Friday at Wacken!
Live pictures of Arch Enemy’s performance, and those of other bands at the festival, can be found at this location.
The Swedish company Festivalbussen.com will arrange busses to the Metalcamp festival in Slovenia. Some Swedish metal bands will be playing at the festival: Hypocrisy, Dark Funeral, Katatonia and Vintersorg. There will also be other bands like Danzig, Apocalyptica, Sentenced, Primal Fear, Destruction, Dew Scented, Fleshcrawl, Finntroll and more.
The location is situated in the Julijske Alp National park, in the city Tolmin, close to the beautiful surroundings of the Soèa river. The possibility to chill out on a sand beach or to swim in one of the purest rivers in Europe is unique in the European Festival history.
There will be 2 outdoor stages, camping ground inside the festival area, low-priced beer (1,5€), cheap food (hamburger about 2€), and of course some of the best metal bands on earth! So just everything what a Metalhead needs for the party of the year!
The festival take place August 20-21 and Festivalbussen.com will probably arrange buses if there is enough folks interested in this journey. Visit www.festivalbussen.com and www.metalcamp.com for more info!
The price will probably be 1495 SEK exkl entrance ticket (€49)
The Scandinavian superband BLOODBATH, featuring members of Hypocrisy, Katatonia and Edge Of Sanity, have finished work on their new album, "Nightmares Made Flesh". It will be released on September 27th through Century Media. The title will also be available on the same day as a limited edition vinyl LP.
Guitarist Nyström comments:
"After being resurrected through carnage our nightmares made flesh! This time we promise the world an even more brutal and varied piece of real and pure death metal. Take the outstanding performances by the new members Axe and Tägtgren into account and Bloodbath will prove no longer only to be a tribute to death metal; but also death metal's very own elite."
"Nightmares Made Flesh" features the folowing tracklisting: More...
In Flames, The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Lost Horizon and Nifelheim will join forces for a special benefit show, 200 000 Decibel, at Trägårn in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 2. The objective is to raise 200 000 SEK (approximately $27,000) in order to help the founder of the Swedish festival 2000 Decibel.
For the past five years, Lennart Larsson has organized 2000 Decibel, a festival devoted solely to Swedish hard rock and metal. This year's edition was held on May 21-22 and featured a strong line-up, including The Haunted, Hypocrisy, Notre Dame, Cans, Dark Tranquillity, Vintersorg and Pain Of Salvation. Due to stiff competition and extremely bad weather, fewer people than expected turned up and Lennart Larsson lost 200 000 SEK on the event.
The initiative for 200 000 Decibel came from Swedish rock journalist Martin Carlsson. In a column in the newspaper GT, he urged established metal bands to unite for a benefit show, 200 000 Decibel.
"No one has done as much for Swedish hard rock and metal as Lennart Larsson, he started the first metal fanzine in Sweden, Heavy Metal Massacre, in the early Eighties and was the first Swede to interview Metallica. He was one of the reasons why I became a rock journalist in the first place and he's been a great inspiration to the country's hard rock scene for two decades. The mere fact that Lennart has put on a metal festival dedicated to only Swedish bands in a small town in the middle of nowhere shows just how passionate he is about this kind of music." - said Carlsson.
"This is something that people often talk about — helping other people out — but in the end nothing happens. I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and contacted Edward Janson at the concert agency Motor and local promoter Per Carlsson at PK Musik. Together we’ve put together a bill that is a fine representation of what the Swedish metal scene has to offer. 200 000 Decibel marks In Flames' last performance on home turf this year. Neither Hypocrisy nor Nifelheim have ever performed in Gothenburg. Both The Haunted and Lost Horizon play their hometown for the first time since the return of their original members, vocalist Peter Dolving and guitarist Wojtek Lisicki, respectively. It's fantastic that everyone involved, including the bands, is doing this for free to help out a great guy in need."
"It'd be a real shame if 2000 Decibel went under, because it's one of Sweden's best and nicest festivals," said The Haunted guitarist Patrik Jensen. "Lennart Larsson's interest in and support of Swedish hard rock is unparalleled and therefore if feels great that we can help the festival get back on track again."
Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday July 21 through www.ticnet.se.
In a recent announcement from guitarist Blakkheim (also Katatonia, Diabolical Masquerade), Swedish Death metal superband BLOODBATH have enlisted the talents of HYPOCRISY legend Peter Tägtgren to replace the departed Mike Åkerfeldt (Opeth) and WITCHERY drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot. Here's Blakkheim's statement:
"Here are the official announcements directly from the boiling brew of blood you've been waiting for. The dark grave of ex-vocalist Mike Åkerfeldt has now got a new inhabitant that needs no further introduction - Peter Tägtgren! Furthermore, after analyzing a wide range of drummers, we handpicked Martin "Axe" Axenrot! Widely known for helluva fiercly beats in bands such as Witchery, Satanic Slaughter, Nepehenzy Chaos Order. We're currently in the heat of fire composing the last material to the album and will soon deliver some titles. Until then, let the blood run red.”
Bloodbath are completed by Katatonia/October Tide bassist Jonas Renske and jack-of-all-trades guitarist Dan Swano.
The new CANNIBAL CORPSE album, The Wretched Spawn, has entered the German Album Charts at #74. This is a good showing considering that many copies of the album were imported to Germany from abroad due to the more brutal artwork of that version.
In tour news, as previously reported, Cannibal Corpse will headline the No Mercy Festivals European tour which features HYPOCRISY, KATAKLYSM, CARPATHIAN FOREST, VOMITORY, EXHUMED, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and PREJUDICE. Dates are as follows: More...
German Gothic metallers CREMATORY are the latest act confirmed for this year’s edition of the Summer Breeze festival which takes place August 19th - 21st in Abstgmund, Germany.
The current line-up for the festival includes: SENTENCED, BESEECH, HYPOCRISY, SONATA ARCTICA, MÖRK GRYNING, VINTERSORG, KATATONIA, EVERGREY, GREEN CARNATION, HONEY THIEF, ENSIFERUM, DISILLUSION, SLEEPINGODSLIE, BUSTA HOOTA, HONIGDIEB, SIX FEET UNDER, SODOM, TANKARD, THE DUSKFALL, VOMITORY, MNEMIC, LAKE OF TEARS, GOREROTTED, FLESHCRAWL, PRIMORDIAL, U.D.O., HATESPHERE, CRIMINAL, BRAINSTORM, PARAGON, SCHANDMAUL, PSYCHOPUNCH, GODDESS OF DESIRE, MENHIR, XANDRIA, DEAD SOUL TRIBE, SALTATIO MORTIS, FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING and DIE HAPPY.
More acts will be announced soon.