Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy and Italian symphonic death metal maestros Fleshgod Apocalypse announced a co-headlining tour called Death Is Just the Beginning. A great lineup for metal fans to let loose on a Friday night. The first stop on the tour was the Regent in Downtown Los Angeles. The first 3 bands went on and the venue was already packed as Fleshgod Apocalypse prepared to go on. The lights went out and the crowd cheered as Fleshgod Apocalypse came out and started the show with The Violation, a perfect song to start their crushing performance. Frontman Francesco Paoli led the band with classic death metal growls and shredding guitars. He was backed by Veronica Bordacchini who sang in her beautiful soprano vocals. Their performances can be described as opera death metal. Fleshgod Apocalypse next played Healing Through War from their newest album, King. The next song was Cold As Perfection from the same album. Fleshgod Apocalypse have a new album coming out on May 24th titled Veleno (Italian for Poison). To give the audience a taste of the new album, Fleshgod Apocalypse played the first single Sugar live for the first time ever. A masterpiece of a song and surely the rest of the album will be killer. Fleshgod Apocalypse continued to crush Los Angeles with hits such as Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon), The Egoism, and another live debut of Fury from the upcoming new album. It was sadly time for Fleshgod Apocalypse to call it a night and so they ended their show with the most popular track, The Forsaking. A perfect ending song. Fleshgod Apocalypse wrapped up their show and made way for the headlining band of the night.
It has been many years since Hypocrisy last came to the USA so having them back is a true gift for metalheads everywhere. Their last album was 2013’s End of Disclosure. They currently have a new album in the works which will hopefully be released soon. For many people in attendance, it was their first time seeing Hypocrisy and were more than ready to finally see these death metal legends. The lights went out and the crowd once again cheered as Hypocrisy came out on stage with main man Peter Tägtgren being the last member to come out. Hypocrisy started their show with Fractured Millennium from their 1999 self-titled album. The crowd went into a frenzy with mosh pits and crowd surfers throughout the night. Up next was Valley of the Damned followed by End of Disclosure. Tägtgren hasn’t lost his touch in being one of metal’s finest musicians. Hypocrisy never slowed down as they played plenty of classic like Eraser, Penetralia, Fire in the Sky and Killing Art. Seeing Hypocrisy live finally was a thing of beauty and they did not disappoint. To properly end the show, Hypocrisy performed The Final Chapter. Hypocrisy left the stage and all seemed quiet with the stage being dark. The intro track The Gathering from their 1996 extra terrestrial-themed album Abducted played over the speakers. The intro track features samples from the Halt Tape which was allegedly recorded during the Rendlesham Forest Incident in which UFO sightings were reported in Suffolk, England. Hypocrisy came back out and played the next track from the album, Roswell 47. Because who doesn’t love songs involving extra terrestrials? The song is perhaps the band’s most famous song and had the crowd moshing and singing along. Hypocrisy finished the show, thanked the audience for coming out, then left the stage. Hopefully it’s not a long time before they come back again.