Hypocrisy (band)

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Hypocrisy live in Glasgow, Scotland 2006
Background information
Origin Ludvika, Dalarna, Sweden
Genres Death metal[1]
Melodic death metal[2][3]
Progressive death metal
Blackened death metal
Years active 1990–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Immortal, Pain, Dark Funeral, Bloodbath
Website www.hypocrisy.cc
Members Peter Tägtgren
Mikael Hedlund
Reidar "Horgh" Horghagen
Past members Klas Ideberg
Masse Broberg
Jonas Österberg
Lars Szöke
Mathias Kamijo
Andreas Holma

Hypocrisy is a death metal[1] band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.

Musically, the band started off with a traditional death metal sound on their early albums, but soon turned into a melodic death metal band.[2][3] 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 didn't 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. Twelfth album End of Disclosure deals with conspiracy and anti-illuminati themes.


After spending three years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida[4] 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. Their release Virus has seen the band return to more death metal themes. Their most recent release, End Of Disclosure Sounds like (with peters own words) more Hypocrisy than ever. The theme around the album is conspiracy theories and anti-Illuminati based lyrics with an atmospheric,melodical sound.

Tägtgren's experience as a producer may have 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 November 17, 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 October 14, 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.[5] On November 10, 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.


In early 2012 the band began to write new material for a follow up to A Taste of Extreme Divinity. On December 21, 2012 Hypocrisy announced that the title of the upcoming CD would be End of Disclosure.[9]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Lars Szöke – drums (1990–2004)
  • Magnus "Masse" Broberg – vocals (1992–1993)
  • Jonas Österberg – guitar (1992–1995)
  • Andreas Holma – guitar (2000–2006)
Live members
  • Mathias Kamijo – guitar (1995–2000)
  • Klas Ideberg – guitar (2006)
  • Tomas Elofsson – live guitar (2010–present)




  • Pleasure of Molestation (1993)
  • Inferior Devoties (1994)
  • Maximum Abduction (1996)
  • Virus Radio EP (2005)
  • Too Drunk to Fuck (2013)


Live releases[edit]


  • "Carved Up" (1996)
  • "Don't Judge Me" (2008)
  • "Eraser (Live)" (2011)
  • "End of Disclosure" (2013)


  1. ^ a b Harris, Chris (2005-07-14). "Metal File: Motley Crue, Soulfly, Nile & More - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2011-10-18. "Swedish death-metal veterans Hypocrisy will release their 10th studio album, Virus, on September 19." 
  2. ^ a b "On the road at the New England Metal Festival: part 2 (continued)". Dailycollegian.com. 2005-05-10. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
  3. ^ a b "Ohio State U.: CD REVIEW: In Flames scorches with 'Come Clarity'. | The America's Intelligence Wire". Accessmylibrary.com. 2006-02-10. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Peter Tägtgren Video interview". @ FaceCulture.nl. March 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  5. ^ "Hypocrisy - New DVD Announced". Metalstorm.net. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  6. ^ "HYPOCRISY Working On New Material". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ Fayyazi, Mohsen. "Interview With Hypocrisy: Our new DVD is including a documentary and finally we can tell the true story of Hypocrisy.". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "HYPOCRISY's Mikael Hedlund - "We're Focusing On Writing A New Album"". Bravewords.com. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "HYPOCRISY's Peter Tägtgren Discusses Writing Process For End Of Disclosure Album; Audio Interview Posted". Bravewords. February 27, 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 

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