Legendary Swedish death metal outfit Hypocrisy have been a little quiet of late – eight years in fact – but have announced their triumphant return in the form of new album Worship which will be released on November 26 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Front man Peter Tagtgren joined HEAVY during the week to discuss the new material.
“I don’t like to review my own stuff,” he laughed, “so I think it’s… a damn good Hypocrisy album, for sure. It’s got what you need if you’re a Hypocrisy fan.”
We broach the subject of the nearly decade long gap between albums, but Tagtgren is quick to emphasize the point he has been busy with other things and that you cannot rush perfection.
“Eight years, but I’ve been busy with other things,” he said. “We toured a lot on the last album and went around the world a couple of times, I would say. Also, I had PAIN and Lindemann who both had albums and did tours, so eight years goes like this (clicks fingers) when you have shitloads of stuff to do. Starting to think about the next Hypocrisy took a while, and I needed the spark and I needed to be motivated. I wanted to do it and not just do it because we had to release an album and go out and play. It was not really like that. It was more I need to have something good to represent, and I didn’t know what to come up with because I felt what are you supposed to prove? I just started writing good riffs, I guess, and started piling them together.”
In the full interview Peter talks about the album in greater detail, outlines the cover image and what it represents, the singles released and how they relate to the album as a whole, the video for Chemical Whore and what it stands for, writing with his son Sebastian, future plans and more.