We had heard this was a possibility, and now, are bummed to report its reality.
Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy have been forced to cancel their previously announced North American tour due to reasons beyond their control.
The bandmembers had received their visa approvals and everything was going as scheduled until the embassy let them know that the earliest they could pick up their visas, get them stamped and ready, wasn’t until late June at the earliest.
A regular procedure that would normally take just a few days to sort takes much longer at the moment due to the current workload Homeland Security is experiencing, it seems.
“As we were getting ready to go get our visas stamped and ready for the tour we were informed that the earliest we could go initially was sometime in July,” explains frontman Peter Tägtgren. “We then immediately continued to call them, got the label to help with some letters, and put our lawyer to work etc. The best that got us was an appointment in late June.
“This is a HUGE blow to us, to our fans and everyone who has supported Hypocrisy in North America. Sometimes there are battles you can’t win, and this is one of them. We will be back, I can promise that!”
So, you can fucking forget about this contest.