HYPOCRISY Explain Decision To Withdraw From X-MASS FESTIVALS

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, have issued a statement explaining their decision to withdraw from the the upcoming X-Mass Festivals European tour, set to kick off on Dec. 7 in London, U.K.

The band's statement reads as follows:

"We sincerely apologize for the cancellation of the X-Mass Fest. The reason being DIMMU BORGIR have offered us to tour with them worldwide. This means we'll be touring Europe from 30th September 'till 29 October and the U.S. from 7th November 'till 14th December. We hope to see you out there this fall or this winter! Tour dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed."

HYPOCRISY are due to record their new album, tentatively titled "The Arrival", this summer for a late 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. The group's last album, "Catch-22", was released in 2002.

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