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Pain

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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Royal Hunt Guitarist To Tour With Pain

Guitarist Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, HOUSE OF SHAKIRA) will once again be part of PAIN's touring lineup when the Swedish band hits the road later this month as the support act for NIGHTWISH.

IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers makes a guest appearance on two songs on PAIN's latest album, "Psalms of Extinction".

PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" is available for viewing at this location. The clip was shot in February 2007 in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as H.I.M., AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few. More...

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New Pain Album Tentatively Due In September

PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren has issued the following update:

"We wanna thank everybody that voted for PAIN on the Swedish Metal Awards and made our album the 'Best Metal Album Of The Year' 2007."

"I'm working on the new [PAIN CD] and it will see the light in September 2008, with a lot of bonus from the shows we did in 2007."

"Michael Bohlin [PAIN guitarist] will sit out the NIGHTWISH tour because of work, but he will be back for the festivals. Niclas [Engelin] from ENGEL will help us out on this one." More...

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Swedish Metal Awards Winners Announced

The Swedish Metal Awards were held at the Grand Hotel in Falkenberg, Sweden on January 26, 2008. Over 58,000 fans voted via the Swedish Metal Awards web site.

The winners are as follows:

Hard-rock: Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' In A Casket
Death Metal: Arch Enemy - Rise Of The Tyrant
Heavy/Power Metal: Sabaton - Metalizer
Glam/Sleaze: Crashdiet - Unattractive Revolution
Punk/Hardcore: Dia Psalma - Djupa Skogen
Metal: Pain - Psalms Of Extinction
Alternative Metal: Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
Best Newcomers: Sonic Syndicate
Best Live Act: Europe
Best Foreign Hard-rock: Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Best Foreign Metal: Machine Head - The Blackening
Best Foreign Live Act: W.A.S.P.

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Roadrunner Records To Release Roadrage 2007 In U.K

Roadrunner Records UK reports:

"If you cast your mind back to last year, you will remember that we released another in the series of Roadrage DVD's, featuring a plethora of choice cuts from the years releases via Play.com.

This coming March (the 3rd day of the month no less!) it will become generally available and you will be able to pick it up in places such as ZAVVI, HMV, The Roadrage Stores and Amazon.co.uk.

Full track listing for this lil beauty is as follows:

01. Stone Sour - 'Made Of Scars'
02. Stone Sour - 'Through Glass'
03. Stone Sour - 'Sillyworld'
04. Killswitch Engage - 'My Curse'
05. Killswitch Engage - 'Arms Of Sorrow'
06. Trivium - 'Anthem (We Are The Fire)'
07. Trivium - 'Entrance Of The Conflagration'
08. Trivium - 'The Rising'
09. Machine Head - 'Aesthetics Of Hate'
10. Dream Theater - 'Constant Motion'
11. Megadeth - 'A Tout Le Monde'
12. Slipknot - 'The Blister Exists' (Live)
13. Porcupine Tree - 'Fear Of A Blank Planet'
14. Still Remains - 'Stay Captive'
15. DevilDriver - 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost'
16. Madina Lake - 'House Of Cards'
17. Madina Lake - 'Here I Stand'
18. Cradle Of Filth - 'Temptation'
19. Shadows Fall - 'Redemption'
20. Sanctity - 'Beneath The Machine'
21. Daath - 'Subterfuge'
22. 3 Inches Of Blood - 'The Goatrider’s Horde'
23. Satyricon - 'The Pentagram Burns'
24. Black Stone Cherry - 'Lonely Train'
25. Black Stone Cherry - 'Hell & High Water'
26. Caliban - 'I Will Never Let You Down'
27. Black Label Society - 'Concrete Jungle'
28. Black Label Society - 'Blood Is Thicker Than Water'
29. Hatebreed - 'Defeatist'
30. Nickelback - 'Savin’ Me'
31. Nickelback - 'If Everyone Cared'
32. Delain - 'Frozen'
33. Delight - 'Divided'
34. Pain - 'Zombie Slam'

Crikey!

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Pain To Support Nightwish In Europe

PAIN, the Swedish band featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, has been confirmed as the support act for NIGHTWISH on their European tour from February until April 2008.

For a list of dates, click here.

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Pain Update Russian Tour Schedule

PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, have updated their Russian tour schedule with shuffled dates and venue changes. The band's new schedule is as follows:

November
14 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
15 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
24 - Shadow Club - Moscow, Russia
25 - DK Molodezhi - Perm, Russia
27 - Fakel - Tomsk, Russia
28 - Koliseum - Barnaul, Russia
29 - Rock City - Novosibirsk, Russia
30 - EC Contnent - Kemrovo, Russia

December
2 - Gavana - Krasnoyarsk, Russia
4 - SC Trud - Irkutsk, Russia

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Pain Thanks Vienna Fans

The following message has been posted at the PAIN website:

"WOW!!!

Pain would like to thank the audience at Planet Music in Vienna (Austria) for their exeptional performance when our keyboard player died in a gardening accident early in the show.

You guys turned something that normaly would have been a disaster into the best show on this tour so far. We've never heard a crowd sing the melody of 'Shut Your Mouth' that loud before, not even on the summer festivals.

We'll be back, for sure!"

Pain's tour schedule is as follows:

October
24 - Gala Hala - Ljubljana, Slovenia
25 - Orpheum - Graz, Austria
27 - Biebob - Brussels, Belgium
28 - L'Usine - Geneva, Switzerland
29 - La Locomotive - Paris, France

November
1 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
2 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
3 - Clotta - Linkopping, Sweden
14 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
15 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland

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Pain Announce More European Dates

PAIN, whose lineup includes Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY), have added more shows to their European tour. Here are the confirmed dates:

Oct. 11 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo
Oct. 12 - Berlin, Germany - Knaack
Oct. 13 - Weimar, Germany - Hellonion Festival
Oct. 14 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
Oct. 16 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
Oct. 17 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Roxy
Oct. 18 - Stuttgart, Germany - Roehre
Oct. 19 - Konstanz, Germany - Kulturladen
Oct. 20 - Munich, Germany - Elserhalle
Oct. 23 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Oct. 24 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Gala Hala
Oct. 25 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Oct. 27 - Brussels, Belgium - Biebob
Oct. 28 - Geneva, Switzerland - L'Usine
Oct. 29 - Paris, France - La Locomotive
Nov. 1 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
Nov. 2 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Nov. 3 - Linkopping, Sweden - Clotta
Nov. 14 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
Nov. 15 - Jyväskylä, Finland - Lutakko

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Pain Announce German Tour Dates

PAIN, the Swedish band featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, has scheduled the following German dates in October:

Oct. 11 - Hamburg, GER @ Logo
Oct. 12 - Berlin, GER @ Knaack
Oct. 14 - Bochum, GER @ Matrix
Oct. 16 - Köln, GER @ Underground
Oct. 17 - Saarbrücken, GER @ Roxy
Oct. 18 - Stuttgart, GER @ Die Röhre
Oct. 19 - Konstanz, GER @ Kulturladen
Oct. 20 - München, GER @ kl. Elserhalle

PAIN's fifth full-length album, "Psalms of Extinction", entered the national chart in the band's home country at position No. 21.

IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers makes a guest appearance on two songs on "Psalms of Extinction". A video clip of PAIN performing the track "Zombie Slam" on the Swedish morning show "Nyhetsmorgon" on TV4 on April 17 has been posted online.

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Pain Cancel Summer Rocks Open Air Appearance

PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY frontman/founder Peter Tägtgren, have issued the following update from Peter:

"We're sorry to announce that Pain have been forced to cancel the Summer Rocks Open Air Festival 2007 in Istanbul on August 19th, 2007.

Due to the promotors failure to pay the deposit in time with no further explanation of this failure, our booking agent Helter Skelter didn't want to take the chance and withdrew Pain from the festival.

We still hope to visit Turkey soon and and we hope the painheads in Istanbul will understand..."

Upcoming Pain dates include:

August
31 - Rock The Lake Festival - Carinthia, Austria

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Pain Post New Song, "Nailed to the Ground," Online

The song 'Nailed To The Ground', taken from HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren's new PAIN album Psalms Of Extinction, is available for free download for a limited time via Roadrunner Records. Go to this location to check it out.

IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers will be filling in on the three Russian shows for André Skaug, who has prior commitments with CLAWFINGER. More...

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Pain Update European Festival Schedule

PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, has updated their 2007 tour schedule. It is now as follows:

May
12 - Rock Mania Festival - Kitzingen, Germany
18 - CKM NAU - Kiev, Ukraine
20 - B1 Maximum - Moscow, Russia
24 - John Dee - Oslo, Norway
25 - Nojesmagasinet - Kristianstad, Sweden
26 - Satin - Orebro, Sweden

June
16 - Rabarock Festival - Järvakandi, Finland
30 - Tuska Festival - Helsinki, Finland

July
1 - With Full Force Festival - Löbnitz, Germany
6 - Ruisrock - Turku, Finland
7 - Pushkin Drive Open Air - St. Petersburg, Russia
14 - Arvika Festival - Arvika, Sweden
27 - Pitea Dansar & Ler - Pitea , Sweden

August
10 - Brutal Assaul Festival - Jaromer, Czech Republic
17 - Summerbreeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl, Germany
31 - Carinthia Festival - Carinthia, Austria

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Pain Post 'Zombie Slam' Video Online

PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" has been posted online at this location. The clip was shot late February in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as H.I.M., AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few.

"Zombie Slam" comes off the Swedish band's fifth full-length album, "Psalms of Extinction", due in the Nordic countries on April 18 via Roadrunner Records (May 7 in the rest of Europe). Guest musicians on the album include Mikkey Dee (MOTÖRHEAD, ex-DON DOKKEN, KING DIAMOND) on "Zombie Slam" (audio), CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho on the epic song "Just Think Again" (playing lead guitar), and Peter Iwers (IN FLAMES) on two songs (playing bass). According to a press release, the upcoming CD will feature sharper production, "heavier guitars, massive string movements and even more in-your-face vocals." More...

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Peter Tagtgren Talks About Pain On Video Interview

The Hypocrisy/Abyss frontman talks about the new Pain album "Psalms Of Extinction," how it differs from previous albums, the guest musicians on the album and of course, a tour of the legendary Abyss Studios where everyone from Marduk, to Setherial, Dimmu Borgir and Immortal have created masterpieces. You can watch the video interview here.

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Download Pain's "Nailed To The Ground" MP3

You can now download an MP3 of the track "Nailed To The Ground" from Pain's new album. "Nailed To The Ground" comes from Pain's 5th studio album "Psalms of Extinction." Pain is of course the band of producer and Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tagtgren.

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Special Guests On Pain's New Album Revealed

Fronted by HYPOCRISY mastermind Peter Tägtgren, the fifth Pain album "Psalms of Extinction" will feature Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, Children Of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho, and Anders Iwers of In Flames who will be performing bass on a couple of tracks.

A video for the cut 'Zombie Slam' will be shot imminently.

Pain's Roadrunner debut, which is the artist's fifth album and the first signing to the Bonnier Amigo / Roadrunner A & R joint venture, will be released in April 2007.

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Pain Signs To Roadrunner Records

Swedish Death metal legend Peter Tägtgren signs to Roadrunner for his PAIN alter ego.

Since Peter Tägtgren appeared on the music scene back in the early nineties he has been a most extraordinary artist and producer. Known as guitarist and front man of the hard working touring band Hypocrisy, he is also known for his work as a Producer. He has his own studio, Abyss, located in the Swedish outback outside the small town of Ludvika. Hailed by alternative press as "the Rick Rubin of Scandinavian Metal" he has produced Celtic Frost, Immortal, Destruction, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, and Marduk and others. As if this weren't enough for this true Renaissance man, Peter Tägtgren could be seen and heard, not only live, or on TV, but also in the movies. He has delivered scores and has been seen in cameo roles in many Swedish hit films, including Sleepwalker","Nolltolerans" and "Exit"."

Pain, his more industrial and catchy project, was signed to Universal (Stockholm Records) in 1999. The band has obtained great chart entries, substantial sales and gold disc awards. Music channels have found themselves plugging their videos which were more brutal than anything they'd rotated up to then. As well as touring the Nordic countries, Pain has been touring throughout Europe with In Flames, Tiamat, Atrocity, Theatre Of Tragedy amongst others.

Pain's Roadrunner debut, which is the artist's fifth album and the first signing to the Bonnier Amigo / Roadrunner A & R joint venture, will be released in April 2007. On the new album which is still untitled we find a sharper production, heavier guitars, massive string movements and even more in your face vocals. Actually, on this album there is more of everything.

Release date and quite a few exciting guests performing on the album will be announced shortly."Pain has been a huge success in the Nordic territories and also here and there in continental Europe, but now the time has come to feed the planet with the music of this extraordinary artist" says Jesper Thorsson, A & R, who brought the artist to the Roadrunner.

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New Pain Video For "Bye/Die" Posted Online

The new Pain music video for the song "Bye/Die" is online. Check it out here. (RealPlayer is required).

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Peter Tagtgren On Leaving Bloodbath

In a recent interview with BW&BK, Hypocrisy/Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren discussed his decision to leave Bloodbath. For those that have been living under a rock, Tägtgren provided vocals on the band's new album, "Nightmares Made Flesh," replacing Opeth vocalist Mike Akerfeldt.

"Leave? I was never in it," Tägtgren laughs. "They asked me to play Wacken, but I told them I was sorry, that I didn't have time. I don't know where I'm going to be there with Pain or at another festival at the same time. They wanted to announce it as a really special thing, and I understand that, but (Dan) Swanö said that it was okay, they would do it with another singer, and if I have time I could step in. But, Mike is back, so I'm off."

"I don't know if I'll do another Bloodbath album," he continues. "It's up to them. If they want to do it with me, great. That's a killer album. People have been commenting on my voice on that album, and all I can say is that it was the songs that brought it out. I think you'll hear a bit of the same kind of vocals on the new Hypocrisy. Musically, there's going to be some faster stuff on it because we've got Horgh on drums. He's playing blastbeats that are faster than what he did with Immortal. We're never going to be a black metal band, but there are parts that are really fast and technical."

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Pain To Perform On Swedish TV

The Swedish band Pain will be waking Sweden up on Monday, January 24. Switch over to TV4 and the band perform their new single "Same Old Song" and another song.

The brand new album "Dancing With The Dead" is set to be released in Sweden, Finland, Denmark on January 26th and in Norway it will be release on January 31st. In the rest of Europe, it will be released on March 21st.

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