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
. 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.