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Ludvika, Sweden (1990 – present)

The Swedish band Hypocrisy was formed by Peter Tägtgren in 1990 upon his return to Sweden from Florida, where he had been inspired by that state’s flourishing death metal scene (bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Death and Obituary).

Hypocrisy’s first demo was recorded entirely by Tägtgren himself; once it secured him a record deal, he recruited a lineup of Masse Broberg (Vocals), Jonas Österberg (Guitar), Mikael Hedlund (Bass) and Lars Szöke (Drums), while he himself settled on guitar. This lineup released “Penetralia in 1992, upon which point Österberg left the group. “Obsculum Obscenum” appeared in 1993, and Broberg subsequently departed as well, with Tägtgren assuming vocal duties. Thus reconstituted as a power trio, Hypocrisy began to hit its stride, recording The Fourth Dimension (1994), Abducted (1996), and “The Final Chapter” (1997); in the meantime, Tägtgren developed an alternate career as a producer, working with bands like Dimmu Borgir, Immortal and Dark Funeral. Hypocrisy officially disbanded following the release of “The Final Chapter”; however, fan interest persuaded Tägtgren to reconsider the breakup, and the live album “Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken 1998” was released in early 1999 as a precursor of things to come. The new album “Hypocrisy” followed shortly thereafter and “Into the Abyss” was released in mid-2000.


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  • Crymes666

    Each listening Hypocrisy I see Fire in the sky everywhere

    27 Jan 5:09pm Reply
  • Nightwolfcb

    Hello! Check out my first drum cover on Eraser -

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodLord0

    great band

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    i guess if the logo they've been using for 18 years is new. if you like the stuff from 2000 - now, try Apocalyptic by Evocation. not as good as hypocrisy but they are similar and relatively unknown.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Enqore

    @ManiacSC2 New logo?

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ManiacSC2

    wow do they really get new logo?

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Even if I do loathe Peter Tagtren's production style in general, he does explore very interesting lyrical themes

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Hypocrisy

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • WeepingKuu

    Perfection [2]

    31 Oct 2014 Reply


    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    nope. not even close. they're very good but it's worthless to state an opinion like that when you haven't heard many death metal bands.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Black__Sunrise

    This band is definitely the masterpiece of death metal.

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Enqore

    @Omega_Switch22B I pretty much agree with your opinion. Buuuut. It's seems like no one of old school fans is enjoying AToED on the same satisfaction level like obviously The Final Chapter and I can't understand why. Maybe it doesn't have so many pure death solos but for me AToED is the best since TFC - raw, brutal like in old times and melodic than ever. Simply quintessence of Hypocrisy. Give that record some love.

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Enqore

    Lars looks like my mate from high school. :>

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Angry007Jew

    Mikael Hedlund looks like Héctor Tapia, a chilean football manager of Colo Colo

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • alchemist_os

    Best soundtrack to X-files.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • gunslinger_93

    really great band \\m/

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Omega_Switch22B

    Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken and The Final Chapter over the rest. Over a decade of listening seems to reinforce that opinion. Abducted is their classic record in some respects, but I've always found The Final Chapter to be the more interesting album. Their first two are classic cuts of old-school death metal, of coarse the primitivism is a drawing point, and The Fourth Dimension being a segway with a few of their best tracks. Into the Abyss does not get enough love... not their best record, definitely, but probably better than anything they would produce afterwards.

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
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