• Misael Ruiz

Hypocrisy and Carach Angren in Los Angeles, California

Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy released their highly anticipated thirteenth album Worship Chaos, their first in eight years, in 2021. Not too long after, they announced their first USA tour in 3 years. With them, they're bringing Carach Angren, The Agonist and Hideous Divinity. The stop on this tour was the 1720 warehouse in Los Angeles, California.

After Hideous Divinity and The Agonist warmed up the crowd, it was time for the symphonic black metal band Carach Angren to take the stage. Their name means "Iron Jaws" in the Elvish language of Sindarin which is derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. In 2020, they released their sixth album Franckensteina Strataemontanus. The album is a concept album inspired by the life of Johann Konrad Dippel. The stage was set and the fans went wild when the lights turned off signaling the arrival of the Dutch ghosts. The first song performed was The Sighting Is a Portent of Doom from their second album, Death Came Through a Phantom Ship. The first thing you'll notice is that Carach Angren all wear traditional corpse paint. Singer Seregor delivers his evil black metal growls. Fans of the band will notice that original drummer Ivo "Namtar" Wijers was not present as he had left the band in 2020. Drumming in his place was Michiel van der Plicht who also drums for the Dutch death metal legends, Pestilence. Carach Angren is a perfect band for fans of horror movies as their music has a feeling of terror and chills. They played some of their biggest hits which included The Carriage Wheel Murder, Bitte tötet mich (Please Kill Me), The Necromancer and Monster. Their set came to an end when they played the fan-favorite and usual ending song, Bloodstains on the Captain's Log. Carach Angren always put on an amazing show that should be seen by anyone that's a fan of horror movies/stories and metal music.

Headlining the tour was Hypocrisy and the Los Angeles crowd was more than ready for the sci-fi metal band. The lights went out once again and the packed crowd went wild as the members came out one by one. The first song played was the first track from the new album, Worship. The packed venue wasted no time in moshing and shoving. Hypocrisy plays a loud show and you just can't help but bang your head and raise your horns. The show continued with fan favorites like Fire in the Sky, Eraser and Don't Judge Me. Hypocrisy's live performance is top tier. Founding member Peter Tägtgren was on point delivering ear-piercing shrieks and shredding solos. The show seemed to come to an end when Hypocrisy played The Final Chapter. They left the stage and all seemed quiet. After cheering for a little bit, Hypocrisy came back out to treat their fans to some encores. The first three encores were Fractured Millennium, Impotent God and Adjusting the Sun. To end the night, Hypocrisy played their most famous song, Roswell 47. Because what better way to end a science fiction show than with a song about the Roswell, New Mexico UFO incident. Hypocrisy finished their show, thanked the audience for coming out, then left the stage once again. Many fans had a long drive home and/or work in the morning, but being at a show on a Sunday night with a lineup like this was more than worth it.


Photos and review by Misael Ruiz


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