I’d been anxious about this day ever since I’d gotten wind that Hypocrisy would be returning to Finland after, what, eight years missing in action here in their neighboring nation in the North.
Anxious, yes, because I had been physically feeling the absence of this band who had almost single-handedly been my gateway drug to death metal already over 20 years back, and because I couldn’t understand why Mr. Tägtgren had shelved this legend-level metal machine in prioritization of his sexploratory electrometal hobby project Pain for such a painfully long interval. Now, make no mistake: I’ve listened the shit out of those body-shaking, life-debasing snarky tunes he’s been kicking out for Pain since nearly the same time I discovered Hypocrisy, and many good times have been had at their multitudinous appearances here in their second home. But Hypo’s last record End of Disclosure came a good five years back now, and a short bit of touring thereafter was followed by a glaring silence on the gig front that left many questioning the future of these extraterrestrially infatuated, pioneering penetralians.
But also anxious because, well, the rousing promise of their return to the stages was to be somewhat overshadowed by the stark realization that the night would involve sacrifice, as it would be overlapping with a guaranteed glorious weekend in the form of SteelChaos’s second edition, and that agonizing choices would need to be made. Continue reading