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Rest In Pain

Album: ''Rest In Pain'' (1991 Demo)
1. God Is A Lie
2. Suffering Souls
3. To Escape Is To Die


Album: ''Penetralia'' (1992)
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

Rest In Pain 92

Album: ''Rest In Pain 92'' (1992 Demo)
1. Nightmare
2. Left To Rot
3. Suffering Souls
4. God Is A Lie
5. To Escape Is To Die

Nuclear Blast Sample 4 way Split

Album: ''Nuclear Blast Sample 4 way Split'' (1992 Split)
1. To Escape Is to Die
2. In Years to Come
3. I Die
4. Corridors to the Abyss

Osculum Obscenum

Album: ''Osculum Obscenum'' (1993)
1. Pleasure of Molestation
2. Exclamation of a Necrofag
3. Osculum Obscenum
4. Necronomicon
5. Black Metal (Venom cover)
6. Inferior Devoties
7. Infant Sacrifices
8. Attachment to the Ancestor
9. Althotas

Pleasure Of Molestation

Album: ''Pleasure Of Molestation'' (1993 EP)
1. Pleasure Of Molestation
2. Exclamation Of A Necrofag
3. Necronomicon
4. Attachment To The Ancestor

The Fourth Dimension

Album: ''The Fourth Dimension'' (1994)
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

Inferior Devoties

Album: ''Inferior Devoties'' (1994 EP)
1. Inferior Devoties
2. Symbol Of Baphomet
3. Mental Emotions
4. God Is A Lie
5. Black Magic (Slayer cover)

Maximum Abduction

Album: ''Maximum Abduction'' (1995 EP)
1. Roswell 47
2. Carved Up
3. Request Denied
4. Strange Ways (Kiss cover)


Album: ''Abducted'' (1996)
1. The Gathering (Intro)
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

Carved Up

Album: ''Carved Up'' (1996 Single)
1. Carved Up
2. Beginning Of The End


Album: ''Hypocrisy/Meshuggah'' (1996 Split)
1. Roswell 47
2. Future Breed Machine

The Final Chapter

Album: ''The Final Chapter'' (1997)
1. Inseminated Adoption
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 (Razor cover)
12. The Final Chapter


Album: ''Hypocrisy'' (1999)
1. Fractured Millennium
2. Apocalyptic Hybrid
3. Fusion Programmed Minds
4. Elastic Inverted Visions
5. Reversed Reflections
6. Until the End
7. Paranormal Mysteria
8. Time Warp
9. Disconnected Magnetic Corridors
10. Paled Empty Sphere

Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken

Album: ''Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken'' (1999 Live album)
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. Until the End
14. Fuck U
15. Beginning of the End

Into The Abyss

Album: ''Into The Abyss'' (2000)
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 (No Regrets)

10 Years of Chaos and Confusion

Album: ''10 Years of Chaos and Confusion'' (2001 Best of/Compilation)
1. Penetralia (re-recorded)
2. The Fourth Dimension (re-recorded)
3. Osculum Obscenum (re-recorded)
4. Apocalypse (re-recorded)
5. Killing Art
6. Deathrow (No Regrets)
7. Left to Rot (re-recorded)
8. Until the End
9. Pleasure of Molestation (re-recorded)
10. A Coming Race
11. Fractured Millennium
12. Roswell 47
13. Fire In The Sky
14. The Final Chapter

Live & Clips

Album: ''Live & Clips'' (2001 DVD)
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. Left To Rot
13. Impotent God
14. Pleasure Of Molestation
15. Inferior Devoties
16. Roswell 47
17. The Final Chapter

Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000

Album: ''Nuclear Blast Festivals 2000'' (2001 Split)
1. Dance With the Devil
2. Babes
3. Soulcollector
4. 1999.6661.2000
5. Laments of Fear and Despair
6. The Awakener
7. Fractured Millenium
8. Legions Descend
9. Fire in the Sky
10. Elastic Inverted Visions
11. The Butcher Strikes Back
12. Tears of Blood
13. Mad Butcher
14. Total Desaster
15. Endless
16. I Never Die
17. Shadows of Mine
18. Away


Album: ''Catch-22'' (2002)
1. Don't Judge Me
2. Destroyed
3. On the Edge of Madness
4. A Public Puppet
5. Uncontrolled
6. Turn the Page
7. Hatred
8. Another Dead End (For Another Dead Man)
9. Seeds of the Chosen One
10. All Turns black

The Arrival

Album: ''The Arrival'' (2004)
1. Born Dead Buried Alive
2. Eraser
3. Stillborn
4. Slave to the Parasites
5. New World
6. The Abyss
7. Dead Sky Dawning
8. The Departure
9. War Within


Album: ''Virus'' (2005)
1. XVI
2. Warpath
3. Scrutinized
4. Fearless
5. Craving for Another Killing
6. Let the Knife Do the Talking
7. A Thousand Lies
8. Incised Before I've Ceased
9. Blooddrenched
10. Compulsive Psychosis
11. Living to Die

Virus Radio EP

Album: ''Virus Radio EP'' (2005 EP)
1. Scrutinized
2. Compulsive Psychosis (clean edit)
3. Craving for Another Killing (clean edit)
4. Living to Die



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. 2005’s 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 Szöke on drums. This first incarnation released Penetralia in 1992 (with its heavy Morbid Angel, Deicide, and Entombed influences), but it was 1993’s Obsculum Obscenum when the metal underground took notice of the purity of HYPOCRISY’s old-school death metal approach combined with the unbridled fury of the burgeoning black metal genre. 1994’s Inferior Devotees five-song EP showcased the Tägtgren / Hedlund / Szöke line-up that most would come to associate with HYPOCRISY, though equally notable was Tägtgren’s permanent switch to lead vocals. The Fourth Dimension, 1994’s full-length studio album, showcased Tägtgren’s vocal range and also introduced keyboards, melodies, and slower tempos into HYPOCRISY’s musical cartography.

With 1996’s 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 1997’s The Final Chapter reached a wider audience with its fluid elements; however, rumors circulated that the album title was broadcasting the band’s dissolution. Clearly, the strains of writing and producing HYPOCRISY’s music and lacking the time to further develop his own electronic/industrial side-project with clean vocals (Pain) led Tägtgren to choose between HYPOCRISY’s 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.

1999’s self-titled album hijacked HYPOCRISY’s retirement and a renewed vigor marked the band’s reformation, elegantly captured in the song “Fractured Millenium.” The tracks on 2000’s 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 band’s 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 Years Of Chaos & Confusion box set, with all chosen songs released prior to 1996’s 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 Heller’s 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 HYPOCRISY’s 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 2004’s The Arrival had a predisposition of urgency, though it also came to be long-time drummer Lars Sköze’s swansong. Former Immortal/Grimfist drumming machine Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen – a man Tägtgren had long admired – replaced childhood friend Szöke (who also played in Tägtgren’s school band, Conquest) not only for the band’s 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.

It’s the inherent dignity in Virus that affirms why HYPOCRISY continues to impact today’s 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 I’ve Ceased,” and the collective manifestation of the band’s 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 - it’s an adventure, and Peter Tägtgren, the Godfather of Gothenburg, is on a worldwide mission to infect the masses at all costs – sleep be damned

Death Metal (1990-1994), Melodic Death Metal (1995-)

Anti-Christian, science fiction, society

Sweden (Ludvika), formed in 1990

Nuclear Blast


Peter Tägtgren - vocals, guitar (ex-The Abyss, ex-Lock Up, Pain (Swe), ex-Bloodbath (Swe), ex-War (Swe), ex-Sorhin, ex-Marduk (Swe), ex-Dellamorte, ex-Algaion)
Mikael Hedlund - bass (The Abyss, ex-War (Swe))
Horgh (Reidar Horghagen) - drums (Immortal (Nor), Pain (Swe), ex-Grimfist, ex-Lost at Last)
Klas Ideberg (Darkane) - session guitar

Magnus "Masse" Bromberg - vocals (1992-1993) (Dark Funeral, Dominion Caligula, God Among Insects, Demonoid)
Jonas Österberg - guitars (1992)
Lars Szoke - drums (The Abyss, ex-War (Swe))
Mathias Kamijo - live guitar (Pain (Swe), Nephenzy Chaos Order, Nephenzy<a>, Abemal, Vergelmer, Algaion, The Abyss)
Andreas Holma - guitar (live for Soilwork European Tour)


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