10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its 12th studio album, the Swedish death metal trio Hypocrisy cements its stature as one of the most melodic bands of its ilk. Here, the band opens with the grandiose title track, which is so overflowing with multilayered guitar parts that moments resonate like an orchestra. Reidar Horghagen’s drumming never attempts to upstage his bandmates, and this lets the many different screams of founding frontman Peter Tägtgren really shine. “Tales of Thy Spineless” follows with a more relentless attack. Horghagen plays drums with the breakneck speed of a demonic tantrum—Tägtgren really has his work cut out for him here as a singer and guitarist. Thankfully, this song features six-string assistance from guest musician Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge, Centinex). Tägtgren pitches down his vocal approach to croak out deeper, guttural bellowing, with sporadic bursts of his signature shrieking. “The Eye” keeps things varied with strutting rhythms that have more in common with hard rock. “Living Dead” closes, reminding us that Hypocrisy is a seasoned band that's been honing its craft since 1990.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its 12th studio album, the Swedish death metal trio Hypocrisy cements its stature as one of the most melodic bands of its ilk. Here, the band opens with the grandiose title track, which is so overflowing with multilayered guitar parts that moments resonate like an orchestra. Reidar Horghagen’s drumming never attempts to upstage his bandmates, and this lets the many different screams of founding frontman Peter Tägtgren really shine. “Tales of Thy Spineless” follows with a more relentless attack. Horghagen plays drums with the breakneck speed of a demonic tantrum—Tägtgren really has his work cut out for him here as a singer and guitarist. Thankfully, this song features six-string assistance from guest musician Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge, Centinex). Tägtgren pitches down his vocal approach to croak out deeper, guttural bellowing, with sporadic bursts of his signature shrieking. “The Eye” keeps things varied with strutting rhythms that have more in common with hard rock. “Living Dead” closes, reminding us that Hypocrisy is a seasoned band that's been honing its craft since 1990.

TITLE TIME
4:46
4:36
5:41
4:50
4:27
4:34
4:51
3:54
6:06
3:51

About Hypocrisy

The Swedish death metal 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 a 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. ~ Steve Huey

Top Songs by Hypocrisy

Top Albums by Hypocrisy

Top Music Videos by Hypocrisy

Listeners Also Played