Alcatraz Line up: 2019, 2021, 2023
Few Swedish death metal bands have stayed the course in the same way Hypocrisy has. Obviously they’ve evolved since their 1992 debut ‘Penetralia’ came out, most notably by including more melodic influences, but the brutal core has remained intact all these years. With head honcho Peter Tägtgren focusing on his industrial metal project PAIN, new Hypocrisy releases have been few and far between in recent years. For a long time 2013’s ‘End of Disclosure’ was their last studio album, one that had all the classic Hypocrisy hallmarks: pummelling death metal riffs, melodic lead guitars, furious stick work and lyrics that betray Tägtgren’s obsession with ufology and all things extraterrestrial. Factor in the album’s eerie atmosphere and you’ve got one of their best offerings to date. Meanwhile, despite his activities as a producer and his work with PAIN, Tägtgren has found some time to work on the successor to ‘End of Disclosure’. ‘Worship’ hit shelves in 2021 and conjures the brand of melodeath emotion Tägtgren is famous for. Hypocrisy feel most at home on stage, as they illustrated once again during their joint headlining tour with Kataklysm in 2018 and at our own 2019 edition. We can’t wait!