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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 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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Pain Opens Tour Blog

Peter Tagtgren of Swedish metal band Pain has issued the following update about a blog detailing their upcoming tour:

"Hello Painheads!

"As tradition I now declare the pain mobile blogg hereby open for chaos again since the tour starts tomorrow and we are warming up in Berlin today with some drinks and some "sightseeing"! Read more about it at this location."

Pain's current announced tour dates are: More...

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Algaion Reunites and Signs To Pulverised Records

After a great long decade of silence, Swedish melodic black metal band ALGAION has reunited and preparations for a new full-length album are underway.

Previously busy on his stint with other bands (Hypocrisy, Pain, etc) and also currently in Swedish power metal band Morifade, Mathias Kamijo decided that it was time to resurrect the ghost of ALGAION and brought it back to life in 2008 together with founding member Mårten Björkman.

New blood has since joined the ALGAION camp, with current members from Corporation 187, Viktor Klint and Robert Eng, contributing on guitars and drums respectively, and Tobias Leffler (previously in Vergelmer and N.C.O) on bass.

Pulverized Records commented on the signing: "It is our great pleasure to have ALGAION join the ranks of the Pulverised Records roster; we are very excited and definitely look forward to a great working releationship with such a veteran class act!"


Mathias Kamijo - Guitars
Mårten Björkman - Vocals

Session Members:
Viktor Klint (Coporation 187) - Guitars
Robert Eng (Coporation 187) - Drums
Tobias Leffler (previously in Vergelmer and N.C.O) - Bass

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Contraband Candy Posts Part 2 of Wacken Report

Contraband Candy has posted the second part of Wacken Assault, their 2008 Wacken Open Air Festival video report. Listen to what the likes of Erik Danielsson of Watain has to say about Americans, what Massachusetts Metalcore gods Unearth think about whale sex, who legendary producer/performer Peter Tägtgren fancies, what your band needs to impress the head of A&R at Century Media and lots more.

In part 2 Contraband Candy talks to:

The Berzerker
Peter Tägtgren
Steve Hughes (Comedian)

You can watch the half hour video report on Contraband Candy or below. More...

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Pain Announces European Tour Dates

Pain, the band featuring Hypocrisy frontman Peter Tagtren, has announced a series of shows in Europe beginning in January.

The tour dates are as follows:

31 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser

1 - Berlin, Germany - Knaack
2 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
3 - Bochum, Germany - Riff
5 - Köln, Germany - Underground
6 - Breda, Holland - Mezz
8 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebop
9 - Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
10 - Stuttgart, Germany - Röhre
11 - Wien, Austria - Szene
12 - München, Germany - Backstage Club
13 - Zürich, Switzerland - Sounddock 14
14 - Milano, Italy - Alcatrazz
16 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
17 - Strasbourg, France - Laiterie Club
18 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
19 - Toulouse, France - Havana Cafe
21 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1

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Pain Announces New European Tour And Album

Pain, the Swedish band led by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) will embark on the European tour in January/February 2009. Support on the trek will come from Brother Firetribe, the Finnish AOR/hard rock band featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen.

According to Pain, "David Wallin [drums] can’t be a part of this tour because of personal reasons. The name of the stand-in drummer will be announced shortly."

The band has also announced the upcoming release of their new album. "Cynic Paradise" will be released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction" (which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner) features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for PAIN," according to a press release. Nightwish singer Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks — "Follow Me" and "Feed Us".

The tracklist for the new album is as follows:

01. I'm Going In
02. Monkey Business
03. Follow Me (feat. Anette Olzon)
04. Have A Drink On Me
05. Don't Care
06. Reach Out (And Regret)
07. Generation X
08. No One Knows
09. Live Fast - Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us (feat. Anette Olzon)

"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus CD. More...

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Nightwish Vocalist To Appear On New Pain Album

Nightwish singer Anette Olzon has recorded a guest appearance on two tracks on the forthcoming album from Pain, the Swedish band led by Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tägtgren. Due in October via Nuclear Blast Records, the as-yet-untitled CD is the follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction," which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner.

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Nightwish To Play An Exclusive 2008 Show in Russia

Nightwish have issued the following update:

"It has been a while, but NIGHTWISH will return to the Russian soil to play an exclusive (the only Russian show in 2008) in the Palace Of Sport Luzhniki, Moscow, on the 11th of October 2008. The support band will be the Swedish masters of cyber-goth-industrial, PAIN."

"The advance ticket sales will start soon at: www.concert.ru"

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Pain Re-Signs With Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has resigned Peter Tägtgren and his industrial metal band PAIN. After more than ten years since the release of the self-titled PAIN debut on Nuclear Blast, the Swedish mastermind and HYPOCRISY-mainman is already busy working on his comeback album that is scheduled for a release in October 2008.

PAIN has also just returned from an immensely successful European tour as a support act for NIGHTWISH, which lead them through 18 countries and was witnessed by approximately 150,000 people.

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Pain Announces Headlining Dates

PAIN, who have just finished a somewhat eventful European tour supporting Nightwish, Pain have announced the following dates with more to come soon.

26 - Bandit Boat - Stockholm, Sweden

2 - Sundown Festival - Abtsgmünd, Germany
8 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece

11 - Kvinesdal Rock Festival - Kvinesdal, Norway
12 - Metalshow Festival - Blome, Latvia

29 - venue tba - Minsk, Belarus
31 - venue tba - Herson, Ukraine

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Pain Post Another Update From The Nightwish Tour

PAIN, fronted by HYPOCRISY's Peter Tägtgren, has checked in from the NIGHTWISH tour with the following update:

"Sorry for taking so long time between the blogs, but most places in Spain didn't have internet and we are consuming mobile phones like alcohol.

All of the shows we did in Spain was awesome. Thank you for your support!

Two days ago we arrived to country #18, the last country for us on this tour. Our arrival day was also a day off which we spent with Nightwish at their hotel. No memories from that at all I'm afraid. The day after (April 18th) we started to do preparations for the last show (more info of that later) and had a couple of nice walks in the rain. The show we did the same evening was really good. We all had a blast on stage and the audience was really in to it. Many thanks Porto!!! After the show we went with NW to a afterparty we were invited to. We had a really good time. Thanks for the invitations!

Today we are in Lisbon. The last stop on this tour, and we all feel a bit sad that it's almost over. These 8 weeks has felt like 2 weeks and every day has been a blast. Still, I know everyone is longing for their families, their own beds and their own toilets.

Now... for the last show. Usually bands and crew on a tour pull pranks on each other the last show, and I guess this tour is no exception. But we also have gone together with NW to pull a prank on YOU, the audience, which going to be something really special and for sure something that no one has ever seen/heard before and probably never will again. I can't wait...."

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Pain Frontman Posts Update

PAIN has checked in from the NIGHTWISH tour with the following update:

"We left Manchester early this day off to travel to the English border and take the underground train back to the European continent. When we got to the border we got a phone call from Pekka, one of Nightwish truck drivers. He told us that he was two hours north of London and that a wheel axle had broke on his 35 ton truck. He noticed it because one of the wheels exploded from the heat generated from the fire that started and jeopardised the whole truckload. Since we were closest we canceled our train and went back to London to help Pekka reload the whole trailer into a new one he managed to find. It's a good thing this happened on a day off, otherwise something else would. We only hope we'll be in time in Paris tomorrow.

Otherwise, the show in Manchester yesterday was awesome; 3,400 people can't be wrong. Tomorrow we'll have our catering back. That means no more starving.

Everything taste better with fire in your mouth!" More...

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