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Formed: 1996
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Pain News

Below is our complete Pain news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Pain Posts New Album Teaser

Sweden's Pain has posted a second trailer online for the band's upcoming album "You Only Live Twice." You can watch the video clip below. "You Only Live Twice" will be out June 3rd, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records, and the previously uploaded trailer is also still available here.

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Pain Posts New Song Online

Swedish industrial metal veterans Pain have posted a new song online entitled, "Dirty Woman." You can check it out by heading to the group's official Facebook page. The track comes from the band's forthcoming new studio album, "You Only Live Twice," which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 3rd. You can check out a trailer for the album below.

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Pain Posts New Album Studio Trailer Online

Swedish industrial metallers Pain, lead by iconic producer Peter Tägtgren, have uploaded the first studio trailer for their upcoming album "You Only Live Twice." "You Only Live Twice" will be out June 3rd, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. Watch the trailer below:

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Pain Reveals "You Only Live Twice" Artwork

Swedish industrial metallers Pain have revealed the cover artwork for the bands upcoming album "You Only Live Twice," which can be viewed below.

Commented main man and producer Peter Tägtgren: "I really wanted something 'Nightmare Before Christmas' meets 'Alice In Wonderland' kind of feeling but with our mascot, the painhead in it. And Heile created that after what I wanted. And he did it in his own way. It really has this kinda Tim Burton feel to it. It will be really crazy with a big backdrop. We also gonna do some inflatable stuff with our Painhead. Its gonna be our Eddie, like Iron Maiden has it."

"You Only Live Twice" is set to be released June 3rd, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.


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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Pain Reveals New Album Track Listing

Swedish progressive rock/metal act Pain, featuring Hypocrisy front man Peter Tagtgren, has revealed the track listing for its forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album. The new full-length is scheduled to be released on June 3rd, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Let Me Out
2. The Dark
3. The Great Pretender
4. You Only Live Twice
5. Dirty Woman
6. We Want More
7. Leave Me Alone
8. Feed The Monster
9. Sleeping With The Dead

Pain also recently announced a string of upcoming European live shows. Details can be found here.

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Pain Comments On Upcoming Live Shows

Swedish industrial metal act Pain has issued the following statement about upcoming live shows:

"Hello PAINheadz! At the moment it looks like Russia and Ukraine are in the lead of hearing the new songs live. Finally we can reveal the major part of the European tour dates for 2011. There's still some show dates that we need to hold on to for a while thou, but the main frame will look something like this.

"We've couldn't have found a better place to start the party and we're really looking forward to meet you crazy sons of bitches face to face again! The countdown has begun... Updates and complements will be published continuously from now on. See you soon!"

The currently announced dates are as follows:

2011-05-26 – (venue tbc) – Kiev – Ukraine
2011-05-27 – P!pl Club – Moscow – Russia
2011-05-28 – Glav Club – St Petersburg – Russia
2011-06-19 – Myötätuulirock – Vantaa – Finland
2011-06-25 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel – Belgium
2011-10-05 – Markthalle – Hamburg – Germany
2011-10-06 – Lido – Berlin – Germany
2011-10-07 – Hellraiser – Leipzig – Germany
2011-10-08 – Masters of Rock Café – Zlin – Czech Republic
2011-10-11 – Backstage – Munich – Germany
2011-10-12 – Dynamo – Zürich – Switzerland?
2011-10-13 – Bloom – Mezzago – Italy
2011-10-14 – New Age – Roncade – Italy
2011-10-15 – UFO Club – Brunico – Italy
2011-10-16 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg – Germany
2011-10-18 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg – France
2011-10-19 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg – Germany
2011-10-20 – Underground – Köln – Germany
2011-10-21 – Helling – Utrecht – Netherlands
2011-10-22 – Trix – Antwerpen – Belgium
2011-10-23 – Nor – Heerlen – Netherlands?
2011-10-25 – Divan du Monde – Paris – France
2011-10-26 – Ninkasi Kao – Lyon – France
2011-10-27 – Le Phare Club – Toulouse – France
2011-10-28 – Salamandra 1 – Barcelona – Spain
2011-10-29 – Sala Stereo – Murcia – Spain
2011-10-30 – Caracol – Madrid – Spain
2011-11-01 – Hard Club – Porto – Portugal
2011-11-02 – Cine Teatro Corroios – Lisboa – Portugal

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliners)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Endless Dark
Arkona More...

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Pain Announces European Tour Dates

Swedish metal outfit Pain has announced a series of tour dates in Europe in support of their forthcoming new studio album which will be released on June 3rd through Nuclear Blast Records. The confirmed tour dates are as follows:

May 27 – P!pl Club – Moscow, Russia
May 28 – Glav Club – St Petersburg, Russia
June 19 – Myötätuulirock – Vantaa, Finland
June 25 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
October 5 – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
October 6 – Lido – Berlin, Germany
October 7 – Hellraiser – Leipzig, Germany
October 8 – Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, Czech Republic
October 11 – Backstage – Munich, Germany
October 12 – Dynamo – Zürich, Switzerland
October 13 – Bloom – Mezzago, Italy
October 14 – New Age – Roncade, Italy
October 15 – UFO Club – Brunico, Italy
October 16 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany
October 18 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
October 19 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
October 20 – Underground – Köln, Germany
October 21 – Helling – Utrecht, Netherlands
October 22 – Trix – Antwerpen, Belgium
October 23 – Nor – Heerlen, Netherlands
October 25 – Divan du Monde – Paris, France
October 26 – Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, France
October 27 – Le Phare Club – Toulouse, France
October 28 – Salamandra 1 – Barcelona, Spain
October 29 – Sala Stereo – Murcia, Spain
October 30 – Caracol – Madrid, Spain
November 1 – Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
November 2 – Cine Teatro Corroios – Lisboa, Portugal

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Pain Issues New Album Update

Swedish industrial metallers Pain have issued the following update about new live shows and working on a new album:

"Hello Painheads! More and more pieces are falling into place, and as we are finishing the work with the new Pain album we are ready to announce the first show dates for 2011.

2011-06-19 - Myötätuulirock - Vantaa – Finland
2011-06-25 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel – Belgium

"More dates are already booked but not ready to get official yet. And even more dates including a mini tour and a longer headline tour are in the planning stage and will be announced as soon as the organizers give us the go sign.

"2011 will be an awesome year for Pain and we're really looking forward to see you this summer and play the new songs live! Stay tuned."

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Pain Working On Writing New Album

Peter Tägtgren of the metal band Pain has issued the following update:

"What the hell is going on?! Well… It’s been a while since the last update and we thought it was about time to let you in on a couple of things."

"The last couple of months every one of us has been pretty busy with anything but PAIN. As you may know Peter has been concentrating on Hypocrisy this year and recently came home from a successful tour in South America. David, who just got signed up with Zildjian, is working for Unique Pyrotechnic along with doing a lot of different stand-in club shows in Sweden. Johan became a dad in August (best wishes from us all), and the more time spent away from PAIN means the more time spent with his family. Michael is working with different side projects along with his work for Digidesign."

"Now, the following months will be dedicated to PAIN and to finish the new songs. Up till today 8 songs are more or less ready to go, and at least 3 or 4 more are needed before we can start recording. Our plans are to start the recordings in late 2010 or early 2011, and have the album ready for a world wide release sometime in May 2011. After that we’re about to hit the road and do as many of the summer festivals as we can. Of course there will be a headline tour as well, and if everything works out we’ll even break new grounds. Work has also begun with designing a new stage set that will be something out of the average." More...

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Swedish Metal Elite To Record Anti-Bullying Song

Several members of notable Swedish metal bands including Meshuggah, Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Nightwish and Evergrey have come together to record an anti-bullying song as a way of raising awareness and taking action on the topic of bullying and harrassment in schools. The new band, a one-off project, is called Sweden United whose new single, "Open Your Eyes", will be made available on October 11th, 2010 through Supernova Records. The single was mixed by acclaimed producer Jens Bogren.

Musicians set to appear on "Open Your Eyes" include:
Jens Kidman (MESHUGGAH)
Jimmie Strimmel (DEAD BY APRIL)
Anette Olzon (NIGHTWISH)
Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK)
Henrik Englund (SCARPOINT)
Martin Westerstrand (LILLASYSTER)
Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY)
Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN)

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Peter Tagtgren Explains Hypocrisy Tour Situation

Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy and Pain has checked in with the following update:

"Due the next Pain album pre-production going on already I think it is fair to tell you all that this upcoming European tour will the only one for the new album.

"The plan is to do this Euro tour and -finally, tour the US and South America and of course do a handful of European summer festivals, but then I´ll have to lock myself to The Abyss and complete the next Pain album.

"So we are really looking forward to meet you all at the upcoming Hypocrisy European tour - LONG TIME, NO DEATH indeed!

"Also, the HYPO live DVD recordings in Sofia should be a total chaos ;)"

Here are the upcoming Hypocrisy tour dates: More...

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Pain Cancels Helsinki Tour Date

Sweden's Pain has issued the following update about canceling an upcoming Helsinki show:

"We're sorry to announce that we have to cancel our participation with Korn and Entombed at Helsinki Ice Hall at July 6. But we'll still see your Finnish asses at Q-Stock Festival on July 24 and Sandels Rock at July 25.

"Take care!"

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New Pain Video for "Monkey Business" Posted Online

Pain's brand new video for the song "Monkey Business" from the latest album, "Cynic Paradise," has been posted online on Nuclear Blast's YouTube profile. It was recorded by Denis Goria in Paris on April 23 & 24 during Pain's European tour with Nightwish. Check it out here.

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Pain Updates Summer Tour Dates

Swedish metal band Pain has announced the following string of summer tour dates:

6/04: Sweden Rock Festival, Norje/Sweden
6/05: Rock im Park, Nurnberg/Germany
6/07: Rock am Ring, Nurnberg/Germany
6/20: Hellfest, Clisson/France
6/26: Metaltown, Gothenburg/Sweden
6/27: Peace & Love, Borlange/Sweden

7/06: Helsinki Ice Hall, Helsinki/Finland (supporting Korn)
7/18: Art Mania Festival, Sibiu/Romania
7/24: Q-Stock Festival, Oulu/Finland
7/25: Sandels Rock, Iisalmi/Finland
7/30: Wacken Open Air

9/05: Luzhniki Hall, Moscow/Russia (supporting Nightwish)
9/12: Raismes Festival, Raismes/France

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Pain Checks In With A Tour Road Report

Pain, the band featuring Hypocrisy frontman Peter Tagtren, has issued the following tour report:

"Hello painheads, since the last update we have been very busy. When we were in Köln we realized that our friends in HammerFall and Sabaton were playing at the same time in the same city. So, when we went off stage we jumped into a cab to go to the other venue to see the HammerFall show and to meet them and have a party afterwards. Sabaton did the same thing and went to our arena after their show. When we finally came back to our bus outside the Palladium i met the girl who was making the painting of me and it was ready and looked really good! Sabaton has just left and had left us a bottle with some wierd strong and spicy booze that made people scream and vomit... I think that was a revenge of what we did to them some time ago, haha......

"The we have done shows in Lingen, Karlsruhe and Erfurt. In Karlsruhe Peter did a very special treatment to a birthday cake... As i can’t show it here on MySpace, you have to watch it on our tourblog. Everything has been extremely good and the audience has treated us very well. When we arrived in Paris we stayed there for three days and did two shows. As stated here before, we shot the video for ”Monkey Business” at those two shows and got the best help and treatment from the French fans that we could ever get. I am sure the video will turn out great and all of you who where there and aticipated – you will all be in the video. Thank you!...

"Today we arrived in Munich and we will stay here for three days and have a show here tomorrow. It was snowing on our way to Munich this morning.

"As always, our tour blog is open..."

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Pain to Record Video for "Monkey Business"

Pain, featuring Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren, will be recording the video for the song "Monkey Business" on March 23 and 24 when they play at Zenith in Paris, France.

"Monkey Business" comes off of Pain's 2008 album, "Cynic Paradise."

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Pain to Tour with Nightwish, More Dates Announced

Pain, featuring Hypocrisy frontman Peter Tagtren, will be supporting Nightwish on their entire European tour in March.

Mar. 11 London, UK - Carling Academy Brixton
Mar. 14 Brysseli, Belgium - Forest National
Mar. 15 Rotterdam, Holland - Ahoy Arena
Mar. 17 Köln, Germany - Palladium
Mar. 18 Lingen, Germany - Emslandhallen
Mar. 20 Karlsruhe, Germany - Europahalle
Mar. 21 Erfurt, Germany - Messehalle
Mar. 23 Paris, France - Zenith
Mar. 24 Paris, France - Zenith
Mar. 26 München, Germany - Zenith
Mar. 28 Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle
Mar. 30 Mantova, Italy - Palabam
Mar. 31 Pordenone, Italy - Palasport
Apr. 02 Zagreb, Croatia - Cibona Hall
Apr. 04 Debrecen, Hungary - Fonix Hall

Pain has also announced three more shows to the European Cynic Campaign Part 2.

Apr. 25 Sofia, Bulgaria - Blue Box
May 16 Warsaw, Poland - Club Progresja
May 17 Krakow, Poland - Club Studio

As previously reported, Pain's tour blog can be found at this location.

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