Hypocrisy (band)

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Hypocrisy live in Glasgow, Scotland 2006
Background information
Origin Ludvika, Dalarna, Sweden
Genres Melodic death metal, death metal (early)
Years active 1990–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Immortal, Pain, Dark Funeral, Bloodbath, Rammstein, Lindemann
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. Their twelfth album titled 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:


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)
  • Andreas Holma – guitar (2004–2006)
Live members
  • Mathias Kamijo – guitar (1995–2000)
  • Klas Ideberg – guitar (2006)
  • Tomas Elofsson – guitar (2010–present)




Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Heat
  • Released: October 5, 1992
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
Osculum Obscenum
  • Released: October 12, 1993
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
The Fourth Dimension
  • Released: October 25, 1994
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
  • Released: February 13, 1996
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
The Final Chapter
  • Released: November 11, 1997
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
  • Released: June 22, 1999
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
Into the Abyss
  • Released: August 22, 2000
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
Catch 22
  • Released: March 19, 2002
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, DL
The Arrival
  • Released: February 16, 2004
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, DL
  • Released: September 5, 2005
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, DL
76 58 75
A Taste of Extreme Divinity
  • Released: October 23, 2009
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
62 66 184 23
End of Disclosure
  • Released: March 22, 2013
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
35 29 56 151 53 30 12
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
10 Years of Chaos and Confusion
  • Released: August 21, 2001[19]
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken
  • Released: March 2, 1999
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD

Video albums[edit]

Title Video details Peak chart positions
Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken
  • Released: September 14, 1999[21]
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: VHS
Live & Clips
  • Released: April 17, 2001[22]
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: DVD
Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion
  • Released: October 14, 2011
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: DVD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album
1992 "Left To Rot"
"Impotent God"
1993 "Pleasure Of Molestation"
Osculum Obscenum
"Inferior Devoties"
1996 "Roswell 47"
1997 "The Final Chapter"
The Final Chapter
2004 "Eraser"
The Arrival
2005 "Scrutinized" Mike Adelica[23] Virus
2010 "Weed Out The Weak" Denis Goria[24] A Taste Of Extreme Divinity
2013 "End of Disclosure"[25]
End of Disclosure
"Tales of Thy Spineless"[26]


  1. ^ 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. ^ "On the road at the New England Metal Festival: part 2 (continued)". Dailycollegian.com. 2005-05-10. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
  3. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Hypocrisy/longplay
  11. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/search.asp?search=hypocrisy&cat=a
  12. ^ http://austriancharts.at/search.asp?search=hypocrisy&cat=a
  13. ^ http://lescharts.com/search.asp?search=Hypocrisy&cat=a
  14. ^ http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=hypocrisy&cat=a
  15. ^ http://finnishcharts.com/search.asp?search=hypocrisy&cat=a
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/hypocrisy/32030
  17. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/hypocrisy-behind-the-scenes-footage-from-making-of-end-of-disclosure-video/
  18. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-424-the-charts-look-like-theyve-seen-a-ghost
  19. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/10-years-of-chaos-and-confusion-mw0000012968
  20. ^ http://www.sverigetopplistan.se/
  21. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/hypocrisy-destroys-wacken-video-mw0000247216
  22. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/live-and-clips-mw0001177297
  23. ^ http://www.mtv.com/videos/hypocrisy/72819/scrutinized.jhtml#artist=1172245
  24. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/hypocrisy-weed-out-the-weak-video-released/
  25. ^ http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/label/music/band/news/details/2917107.70925.hypocrisy-end-of-disclosure-video-prem.html
  26. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWtUwn4LJyg

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