Hypocrisy Drummer Discusses Upcoming Album "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity"
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Swedish metallers Hypocrisy, fronted by death metal legend Peter Tägtgren, released their new album "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity" in Europe on October 23rd. The album will be released in North America on November 3rd via Nuclear Blast Records. A track from the album titled "Hang Him High" can be heard at the band's MySpace page. Hypocrisy's drummer Reidar Horghagen filled me in on the details of the new album, recruiting Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom for their upcoming tour, and his history in music.
xFiruath: Tell me a bit about your personal history in music. How long have you been involved with music and what got you into metal?
Reidar: I started playing drums back in 1983 at an age of twelve. Elvis Presley and Kiss were my heroes at the time and my interest for music had been there for years before that. When I got my own drum kit I joined a local rock band. This first experience of being in a band was a good one. It was great fun but I always wanted to be in a rock'n'roll band. A couple of years later I was asked to join the only rock'n'roll band in the area where I lived and it was just great. I was a fan of bands like Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, AC/DC, Kiss, and Judas Priest and these bands were mainly the bands that got me into metal in the first place. These bands, including Metallica and Slayer are the bands that have inspired me the most over the years, and they still are among my favorite bands today. I joined Immortal in May 1996 and have done five albums with Immortal. I recorded the “Ghouls of grandeur” album with Grimfist in 2003. Then I joined Hypocrisy January 2004 and so far I have recorded two albums with Hypocrisy.
xFiruath: Are you currently involved with any other projects besides Hypocrisy?
Reidar: I'm quite busy with Immortal these days as well. Besides Hypocrisy and Immortal I have a rock'n'roll project that I enjoy working with when I find time to do so. The project is called Roads of Destiny.
xFiruath: Where did you record “A Taste of Extreme Divinity” and who did you work with for mixing/production, etc?
Reidar: We recorded and mixed the album in the Abyss studios. The production was handled by Peter Tagtgren and it was mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.
xFiruath: What’s different about the new album from previous releases?
Reidar: The new album ain't that different from the previous albums I think. It's a classic Hypocrisy album in my opinion. It contains all the elements that we want on a Hypo album. There is fast and aggressive songs like “A Taste of Extreme Divinity,” there is dark and slow songs like “The Quest,” you'll find some crushing mid tempo songs like “Weed out the Weak” and “Valley of the Damned.” When listening to it you can tell immediately that this is Hypocrisy. It has the unique sound that separates Hypocrisy from most other bands in the metal scene today.
xFiruath: Do you have a favorite track or any particular segment of the album that you like the best?
Reidar: “Weed out the Weak” is my favorite track at the moment, and I have to mention the segment that starts around 3:40 out in the song called “Global Domination.” It has this dark, tragic, and powerful feel to it. A great combination I must say.
xFiruath: What do the lyrics deal with on “A Taste of Extreme Divinity?”
Reidar: This is a question for Peter to answer really, but I think it's mainly about a psychopath killer who believes he is God.
xFiruath: Are there any plans for music videos from the album?
Reidar: I guess we will make a music video from one of the track's on the album, but we haven't decided what song, when or where to film it yet.
xFiruath: You guys have Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom joining you on tour for guitar duties. How did that come about?
Reidar: Peter must have mentioned it for him. Peter and Alexi are friends and we needed someone to take the 2nd guitar position for the upcoming US tour. Alexi has agreed to fill the guitarist spot and I'm sure he will nail the songs and do his very best on stage with Hypocrisy. We are happy to bring him with us.
xFiruath: Where will Hypocrisy be touring in the upcoming months?
Reidar: We are touring the U.S. in November and December. Then we are doing a headlining tour in Europe called Long Time, No Death 2010 starting on the 24th of January. In March we are doing four shows in Sweden, and we will perform at several summer festivals as well.
xFiruath: Outside of Hypocrisy what bands/albums have you been listening to lately
Reidar: I am quite busy these days so there's not much time to sit down and listen to music. I get to listen to music when I'm out driving my car though, and lately it's Thin Lizzy's “Live and Dangerous,” the new Immortal album “All Shall Fall,” and “A Taste Of Extreme Divinity” with Hypocrisy that's been spinning in the stereo.
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