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About Hypocrisy

  • Feigning to be what one is not is something Renaissance man Peter Tägtgren can never be accused of. A living embodiment of music (who has also appeared in three films and written music for one), Tägtgren has been a central and active figure in the extreme metal movement for over a decade. With a list of Abyss Studio production credits (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Marduk) linking him to some of the most groundbreaking albums of recent times and rightfully hailed by Alternative Press as the Rick Rubin of Scandinavian metal, the restless genius of Peter Tägtgren can be equally measured by the vast list of his own musical output. A well-known insomniac workaholic who lives life at a relentless pace, the vice of Tägtgren's work ethic has proven to be virtuous for the underground scene. 2005s Virus boasts a lethal combination of reptilian vocals, powerful percussion, grandiose atmospherics, and symphonic requiems, truly revisiting all previous parts of the HYPOCRISY catalogue. Once Virus infects you with its beautifully brutal and painstakingly produced music, a worldwide pandemic is inevitable.

    After closing the door on his band Seditious following their 3- and 5-song Life Of Pain demos, guitarist Tägtgren formed HYPOCRISY in Sweden as a quintet in the early 90s after having briefly lived in Florida in the late 80s and occasionally drumming for Malevolent Creation. The inaugural line-up included Masse Broberg on vocals, Mikael Hedlund on bass, Jonas Osterberg on guitar, and Lars Szoke on drums. This first incarnation released Penetralia in 1992 (with its heavy Morbid Angel, Deicide, and Entombed influences), but it was 1993s Obsculum Obscenum when the metal underground took notice of the purity of HYPOCRISYs old-school death metal approach combined with the unbridled fury of the burgeoning black metal genre. 1994s Inferior Devotees five-song EP showcased the Tagtgren / Hedlund / Szoke line-up that most would come to associate with HYPOCRISY, though equally notable was Tägtgren permanent switch to lead vocals. The Fourth Dimension, 1994s full-length studio album, showcased Tägtgren vocal range and also introduced keyboards, melodies, and slower tempos into HYPOCRISYs musical cartography.

    With 1996s excellently produced Abducted, Tägtgren began to share his lifelong childhood fascination that would become his modus operandi: themes & lyrics about extraterrestrials. Introducing Roswell 47 (a song destined for set list immortality) and securing an infinite amount of future writing material, HYPOCRISY continued to prioritize moods over strict adherence to any one musical genre, and therefore pursued a legacy of sonic alchemy that could be death, black, thrash, and even gothic at any given moment. The dirtier sound of 1997s The Final Chapter reached a wider audience with its fluid elements; however, rumors circulated that the album title was broadcasting the bands dissolution. Clearly, the strains of writing and producing HYPOCRISYs music and lacking the time to further develop his own electronic/industrial side-project with clean vocals (Pain) led Tägtgren to choose between HYPOCRISYs career and Abyss Studios continued existence. Swayed by worldwide fan pleas and weary from the unrelenting requests to produce records for other bands, his decision was made easier by a contagious desire to experience a Swedish summer outside the confines of a studio control room, to tour more (and perform half-naked!), and use Abyss Studios solely to record his own bands, as well as a few select bands.

    1999s self-titled album hijacked HYPOCRISYs retirement and a renewed vigor marked the bands reformation, elegantly captured in the song Fractured Millenium. The tracks on 2000s death-drenched Into The Abyss were captured in a few weeks, and were an exercise in spontaneity that resulted in a display of energy so raw, it proved that a bands death metal origins could propel music into exciting new landscapes. In 2001, HYPOCRISY fans around the world were invited to choose the track listing for the 10 Years Of Chaos & Confusion box set, with all chosen songs released prior to 1996s Abducted re-recorded to drench them in a heavier production. Always determined to evolve their style, HYPOCRISY never seemed content with the stagnant lethargy of a redundant sound. Answering to no one but themselves and borrowing a title from Joseph Hellers classic tale of contradiction, Catch 22 was released in 2002 and reared a savagely experimental and evolutionary attitude. Touring North America that year with Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, and Scar Culture, fans were treated to addictive doses of HYPOCRISYs live, vile aggression. Honoring the pledge to tour more, HYPOCRISY was noticeably affected by their pillaging of North America in late 2003 with Dimmu Borgir, Nevermore, and Children Of Bodom and numerous sold-out shows. It came as no surprise that 2004s The Arrival had a predisposition of urgency, though it also came to be long-time drummer Lars Skozes swansong. Former Immortal/Grimfist drumming machine Reidar "Horgh" Horghagen a man Tägtgren had long admired replaced childhood friend Szoke (who also played in Tägtgren's school band, Conquest) not only for the bands upcoming tour with Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, and Vile, but as a permanent member. Procuring passport stamps from various countries in Europe and South America, HYPOCRISY returned to North America in the spring of 2005 with Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, and Mnemic to harvest some frenetic momentum before heading into the studio to record their latest album.

    Its the inherent dignity in Virus that affirms why HYPOCRISY continues to impact todays extreme metal scene even after more than a decade of existence. The aural spectrum enveloping the tormented opening scream on War Path, the punishing guitar riffs on Craving For Another Killing, the time-honored gallop in Scrutinized (featuring a guitar solo by Gary Holt of Exodus), the melancholy melody of Incised Before Ive Ceased, and the collective manifestation of the bands Thanatos in Blooddrenched is where HYPOCRISY exhibits their dauntless and valiant death instinct. The new HYPOCRISY songs roar with dynamism that the band never before grasped, proclaims Metal Maniacs, and no truer truth could be spoken. With the bassassinations of Mikael Hedlund, the percussive endeavors of Horgh, and the addition of newly permanent / long-time live guitarist Andreas Holma (a death metal musician with a jazz background who moonlights as a fretless bass player), HYPOCRISY continues to be led by the man who considers freedom to explore and create the most contagious virus known to humankind. Making music is no job, its an adventure, and Peter Tägtgren is on a worldwide mission to infect the masses at all costs...sleep be damned.



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  • End of Disclosure
  • End of Disclosure


    Released : 2013
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. End of Disclosure
    2. Tales of Thy Spineless
    3. The Eye
    4. United We Fall
    5. 44 Double Zero
    6. Hell Is Where I Stay
    7. Soldier of Fortune
    8. When Death Calls
    9. The Return
    10. Living Dead
  • Penetralia / Osculum Obscenum
  • Penetralia / Osculum Obscenum


    Released : 2013
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Impotent God
    2. Suffering Souls
    3. Nightmare
    4. Jesus Fall
    5. God Is A Lie
    6. Left To Rot
    7. Burn By The Cross
    8. To Escape Is To Die
    9. Take The Throne
    10. Penetralia
    11. Left To Rot - live
    12. God Is A Lie - live
    13. Pleasure Of Molestation
    14. Exclamation Of A Necrofag
    15. Osculum Obscenum
    16. Necronomicon
    17. Black Metal
    18. Inferior Devoties
    19. Infant Sacrifices
    20. Attachment To The Ancestor
    21. Althotas
    22. Pleasure Of Molestation - live
    23. Osculum Obscenum - live
    24. Necronomicon - live
  • Beast of Hypocrisy
  • Beast of Hypocrisy


    Released : 2012
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Valley of the Damned
    2. Hang Him High
    3. Fractured Millenium
    4. Adjusting the Sun
    5. Eraser
    6. Pleasure of Molestation
    7. Osculum Obscenum
    8. Penetralia
    9. Apocalypse
    10. The Fourth Dimension
    11. Killing Art
    12. A Coming Race
    13. Let the Knife Do the Talking
    14. Weed Out the Weak
    15. Fire in the Sky
    16. The Final Chapter
    17. Warpath
    18. Roswell 47
  • Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion
  • Hell Over Sofia - 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion


    Released : 2011
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Valley Of The Damned (Live In Sofia)
    2. Hang Him High (Live In Sofia)
    3. Fractured Millenium (Live In Sofia)
    4. Adjusting The Sun (Live In Sofia)
    5. Eraser (Live In Sofia)
    6. Pleasure Of Molestation (Live In Sofia)
    7. Osculum Obscenum (Live In Sofia)
    8. Penetralia (Live In Sofia)
    9. Apocalypse (Live In Sofia)
    10. Fourth Dimension (Live In Sofia)
    11. Killing Art (Live In Sofia)
    12. A Coming Race (Live In Sofia)
    13. Let The Knife Do The Talking (Live In Sofia)
    14. Weed Out The Weak (Live In Sofia)
    15. Fire In The Sky (Live In Sofia)
    16. The Final Chapter (Live In Sofia)
    17. Warpath (Live In Sofia)
    18. Roswell 47 (Live In Sofia)
  • A Taste Of Extreme Divinity
  • A Taste Of Extreme Divinity


    Released : 2009
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Valley Of The Damned
    2. Hang Him High
    3. Solar Empire
    4. Weed Out The Weak
    5. No Tomorrow
    6. Global Domination
    7. Taste The Extreme Divinity
    8. Alive
    9. The Quest
    10. Tamed (Filled With Fear)
    11. Sky Is Falling Down
    12. The Sinner (Bonus Track)
  • Destroys Wacken
  • Destroys Wacken


    Released : 2009
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Roswell 47
    2. Inseminated Adoption
    3. A Coming Race
    4. Apocalypse
    5. Osculum Obscenum
    6. Buried
    7. Left To Rot
    8. The Fourth Dimension
    9. Pleasure Of Molestation
    10. Killing Art
    11. The Final Chapter
    12. Time Warp
    13. Til The End
    14. Fuck U
    15. Beginning Of The End
  • Virus
  • Virus


    Released : 2005
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Intro
    2. Warpath
    3. Scrutinized
    4. Fearless
    5. Craving For Another Killing
    6. Let The Knife To The Talking
    7. A Thousand Lies
    8. Incised Before I've Ceased
    9. Blooddrenched
    10. Compulsive Psychosis
    11. Living To Die
  • The Arrival
  • The Arrival


    Released : 2004
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Born Dead Buried Alive
    2. Eraser
    3. Still Born
    4. Slave To The Parasites
    5. New World
    6. Abyss
    7. Dead Sky Dawning
    8. Departure
    9. War Within
  • Catch 22
  • Catch 22


    Released : 2002
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Don't judge me
    2. Destroyed
    3. Edge Of Madness
    4. A Public Puppet
    5. Uncontrolled
    6. Turn The Page
    7. Hatred
    8. Another Dead End
    9. Seeds Of The Choosen One
    10. All Turns Black
  • 10 Years Of Chaos And Confusion
  • 10 Years Of Chaos And Confusion


    Released : 2001
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Penetralia
    2. Fourth Dimension
    3. Obsculum Obscenum
    4. Apocalypse
    5. Killing Art
    6. Deathrow
    7. Left To Rot
    8. Until The End
    9. Pleasure Of Molestation
    10. A Coming Race
    11. Fractured Millennium
    12. Rosewell 47
    13. Fire In The Sky
    14. The Final Chapter
  • Into The Abyss
  • Into The Abyss


    Released : 2000
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Legions Descend
    2. Blinded
    3. Resurrected
    4. Unleash The Beast
    5. Digital Prophecy
    6. Fire In The Sky
    7. Total Eclipse
    8. Unfold The Sorrow
    9. Sodomized
    10. Deathrow
  • The Fourth Dimension/ Maximum Abduction
  • The Fourth Dimension/ Maximum Abduction


    Released : 2000
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Apocalypse
    2. Mind Corruption
    3. Reincarnation
    4. Reborn
    5. Black Forest
    6. Never To Return
    7. Path To Babylon
    8. Slaughtered
    9. Orgy In Blood
    10. The North Wind
    11. T.e.m.p.t.
    12. The Fourth Dimension
    13. The Arrival Of The Demons
    14. Request Denied
    15. Strange Ways
  • Hypocrisy
  • Hypocrisy


    Released : 1999
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Fractured Millenium
    2. Apocalyptic Hybrid
    3. Fusion Programmed Minds
    4. Elastic Inverted Vision
    5. Reversed Reflections
    6. Until The End
    7. Paranormal Mysteria
    8. Time Warp
    9. Disconnected Magnetic Corridors
    10. Pale Empty Sphere
    11. Selfinflicted Overload
  • Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken 1998
  • Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken 1998


    Released : 1999
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Roswell 47
    2. Inseminated Adoption
    3. A Coming Race
    4. Apocalypse
    5. Osculum Obscenum
    6. Buried
    7. Left To Rot
    8. The Fourth Dimension
    9. Pleasure Of Molestation
    10. Killing Art
    11. The Final Chapter
    12. Time Warp
    13. Til The End
    14. Fuck U
    15. Beginning Of The End
  • The Final Chapter
  • The Final Chapter


    Released : 1997
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Inseminated Adaption
    2. A Coming Race
    3. Dominion
    4. Inquire Within
    5. Last Vanguard
    6. Request Denied
    7. Through The Window Of Time
    8. Shamateur
    9. Adjusting The Sun
    10. Lies
    11. Evil Invaders
    12. The Final Chapter
  • Abducted
  • Abducted


    Released : 1996
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. The gathering
    2. Roswell 47
    3. Killing art
    4. The arrival of the demons (Part 2)
    5. Buried
    6. Abducted
    7. Paradox
    8. Point of no return
    9. When the candle fades
    10. Carved up
    11. Reflections
    12. Slippin' away
    13. Drained
    14. Fractured millenium
    15. Legions descend
    16. Fire in the sky
    17. Elastic inverted visions
  • Osculum Obscenum
  • Osculum Obscenum


    Released : 1996
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Pleasure Of Molestation
    2. Exclamation Of A Necrofag
    3. Osculum Obscenum
    4. Necronomicon
    5. Black Metal
    6. Inferior Devoties
    7. Infant Sacrifices
    8. Attachment To The Ancestor
    9. Athotas
    10. Symbol Of Baphomet
    11. Mental Emotions
    12. God Is A Lie
    13. Black Magic
    14. Pleasure Of Molestation - Demo
    15. Exclamation Of A Necrofag - Demo
    16. Necronomicon
    17. Attachment To The Ancestor
  • Penetralia
  • Penetralia


    Released : 1992
    Views : 0
    Track List
    1. Impotent God
    2. Suffering Souls
    3. Nightmare
    4. Jesus Fall
    5. God Is A Lie
    6. Left To Rot
    7. Burn By The Cross
    8. To Escape Is To Die
    9. Take The Throne
    10. Penetralia
    11. Life Of Filth
    12. Lead By Satanism