Hypocrisy (band)

Hypocrisy is a Swedish death metal[1] band formed in October 1991[2] in Ludvika by Peter Tägtgren.

Hypocrisy
Hypocrisy in 2006
Hypocrisy in 2006
Background information
OriginLudvika, Sweden
GenresMelodic death metal
death metal (early)
Years active1991–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Associated actsImmortal, Pain, Dark Funeral, Bloodbath, Rammstein, Lindemann
Websitewww.hypocrisy.cc
MembersPeter Tägtgren
Mikael Hedlund
Reidar "Horgh" Horghagen
Past membersKlas Ideberg
Masse Broberg
Jonas Österberg
Lars Szöke
Mathias Kamijo
Andreas Holma

HistoryEdit

After spending three years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,[3] in 1990, founder Peter Tägtgren returned to his homeland of Sweden, to form his own band. Hypocrisy's early releases were noted as being well-executed death metal, but panned for not being particularly innovative. That criticism waned as the band matured, cultivating a more distinctive sound as well as employing an introspective lyrical approach. Later releases have a more atmospheric sound, with lyrical exploration of aliens and abduction experiences.

Tägtgren's experience as a producer may also have led to the band's change in musical direction, as he is more closely involved with many other bands while producing their albums.

On 17 November 2009, Hypocrisy cancelled their U.S. tour. After cancelling earlier in 2009, Hypocrisy confirmed a North American tour for 2010. Joining Hypocrisy on the "Long Time, No Death" tour were Scar Symmetry, Hate, Blackguard and Swashbuckle. From January to March 2010, they toured Germany, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, finishing in Moscow. Their North American tour took place in May 2010.

On 14 October 2011, Hypocrisy released a DVD called Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion. It contains a full concert from the "Long Time, No Death" tour. The DVD also contains a one and a half-hour documentary about the band.[4] On 10 November 2011, Mikael Hedlund announced writing material for a new studio album during an interview with Metal Shock Finland's chief editor, Mohsen Fayyazi. Mikael tells Metal Shock Finland:

It's too early to say what it's going to sounds like, but all I can say is that it's not gonna be any change of style. It will be a classic HYPOCRISY album without [any] compromises. We already got some material and we're really looking forward to enter the studio again. We don't know yet when it will [be], but hopefully after the summer 2012. Nothing is confirmed yet. We're doing the Metalfest tour [of Europe] in May/June plus some other festivals. That's the plans at the moment.

[5][6][7]

In early 2012 the band began to write new material for a follow up to A Taste of Extreme Divinity. On 21 December 2012 Hypocrisy announced that the title of the upcoming album would be End of Disclosure.[8] It was released on 22 March 2013.

Hypocrisy's thirteenth studio album, and first in eight years, Worship was released on November 26, 2021. The album was preceded by a music video for the first single "Chemical Whore".[9]

Musical style and lyrical themesEdit

Musically, the band started off with a traditional death metal sound on their early albums, but soon turned into a melodic death metal band.[10][11] Their early lyrics – written by original vocalist Masse Broberg – dealt with anti-Christian themes and Satanism. However, the band later chose to focus on themes such as the paranormal and extraterrestrials. Contrary to what some might believe, Magnus did not leave because of a shift in lyrical content, but because of a cracked eardrum during their 1st European tour (he later went on to black metal band Dark Funeral as Emperor Magus Caligula). Their tenth album, Virus, contains themes more typical of death metal such as violence, the horrors of reality, insanity, torture, war, drug addiction, and emotional strife. Their twelfth album End of Disclosure deals with conspiracy and anti-Illuminati themes.

Band membersEdit

Timeline

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
GER
[12]
SWE
[13]
AUT
[14]
FRA
[15]
SWI
[16]
FIN
[17]
US Heat
[18]
Penetralia
  • Released: 5 October 1992
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
Osculum Obscenum
  • Released: 12 October 1993
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
The Fourth Dimension
  • Released: 25 October 1994
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
Abducted
  • Released: 13 February 1996
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
The Final Chapter
  • Released: 11 November 1997
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
Hypocrisy
  • Released: 22 June 1999
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
85
Into the Abyss
  • Released: 22 August 2000
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
64
Catch 22
  • Released: 19 March 2002
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
78
The Arrival
  • Released: 16 February 2004
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, DL
71
Virus
  • Released: 5 September 2005
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, DL
76 58 75
A Taste of Extreme Divinity
  • Released: 23 October 2009
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
62 66 184 23
End of Disclosure
  • Released: 22 March 2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
35 29 56 151 53 30 12
Worship
  • To be released: 26 November 2021
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: TBD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPsEdit

Title EP details
Pleasure of Molestation
  • Released: 13 March 1993
  • Label: Relapse Records
  • Formats: CD
Inferior Devoties
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, DL
Maximum Abduction
  • Released: 25 February 1996
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD
Too Drunk to Fuck
  • Released: 2 August 2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: LP

Compilation albumsEdit

Title Album details
10 Years of Chaos and Confusion
  • Released: 21 August 2001[21]
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD

Live albumsEdit

Title Album details
Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken
  • Released: 2 March 1999
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD
Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion
  • Released: 14 October 2011
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: 2CD+DVD

Video albumsEdit

Title Video details Peak chart positions
SWE
[22]
Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken
  • Released: 14 September 1999[23]
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: VHS
Live & Clips
  • Released: 17 April 2001[24]
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: DVD
Hell over Sofia - 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion
  • Released: 14 October 2011
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: DVD
15
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videosEdit

Year Title Directed Album
1992 "Left to Rot"
Penetralia
"Impotent God"
1993 "Pleasure of Molestation"
Osculum Obscenum
"Inferior Devoties"
1996 "Roswell 47"
Abducted
1997 "The Final Chapter"
The Final Chapter
2004 "Eraser"
The Arrival
2005 "Scrutinized" Mike Adelica[25] Virus
2010 "Weed Out the Weak" Denis Goria[26] A Taste of Extreme Divinity
2013 "End of Disclosure"[27]
End of Disclosure
"Tales of Thy Spineless"[28]

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ Fayyazi, Mohsen (10 November 2011). "Interview With Hypocrisy: Our new DVD is including a documentary and finally we can tell the true story of Hypocrisy". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
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  20. ^ "Metal By Numbers 4/24: The Charts Look Like They've Seen A GhostMetal Insider". Metalinsider.net. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken [Video] - Hypocrisy - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Live and Clips - Hypocrisy - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  25. ^ "Music – Music News, New Songs, Videos, Music Shows and Playlists from MTV". Mtv.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  26. ^ "HYPOCRISY: 'Weed Out The Weak' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  27. ^ "HYPOCRISY - "End Of Disclosure" video prem..." Nuclearblast.de. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  28. ^ Hypocrisy (5 April 2013). "HYPOCRISY - Tales Of Thy Spineless (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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