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7 p.m. Monday, November 27. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue in Sauget).


Extraterrestrials — at least the carnivorous breed that drip acidic drool from their fangs — should be the lyrical property of brutal bands. Exhibit A: Hypocrisy. Founded in 1992, the Swedish band focused on Satanism and dismemberment on unappealingly titled early death-metal efforts such as Pleasure of Molestation. But the group changed its sound and subject matter radically on 1996's Abducted, as if galactic overlords had transported the band's members into their spacecraft and instructed them at deathray-point to warn listeners about the impending invasion. Hypocrisy's alien-themed albums boast scalpel-sharp melodic guitar leads and synthesizer-fueled sci-fi atmospherics. Fans felt gang-probed after 2002's nü-metal debacle Catch 22, but Hypocrisy returned to form with its most recent releases, The Arrival and Virus. Perhaps owing to interstellar intrigue, Hypocrisy rotates members constantly; the latest incarnation includes Immortal's Horgh on drums and Darkane's Klas Ideberg joining singer Peter Tägtgren on guitars.