Krisiun, Arsis, Starkill | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
This is a past event.
When: Mon., May 6, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: $15
Hypocrisy tour canceled.

Possibly the only metal musician to own a small Swedish village, Peter Tagtgren has nurtured a lot of metal’s most poisonous flowers in the garden of the studio he maintains there, which he calls the Abyss: Marduk, Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Children of Bodom, Rotting Christ, Amon Amarth, Celtic Frost, Dark Funeral, and a squillion others. Considering all the side projects that this vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and producer maintains, it’s fortunate that it only took him four years to release End of Disclosure (Nuclear Blast), the new album from his main band, Hypocrisy, which he began as a one-man project in 1990. The pioneering death-metal unit, now in a fierce and portable trio format, doesn’t break new ground on its 12th studio album, but Hypocrisy does throw a few bones to fans hoping for a return to one of its earlier forms. The band has always had a strain of persistent hookiness, but it never crosses over into anything you could call “accessible” or “slick”—Tagtgren’s gurgling, throat-slitted growl slaps those tendencies back down into the grave they’re trying to climb out of. The ferocity of “Tales of Thy Spineless” and “When Death Calls” is enough to prove that Hypocrisy has nothing left to prove. —Monica Kendrick Krisiun, Arsis, and Starkill open.


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