"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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 Thanks Vienna Fans

The following message has been posted at the PAIN website:


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:

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

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:

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:

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

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

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

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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Pain Announces Swedish Tour

Following Swedish tour dates have been announced for Pain:

Jan. 27 Malmö KB
Jan. 28 Karlskrona Kino
Jan. 29 Göteborg Sticky fingers
Feb. 04 Stockholm Klubben
Feb. 05 Uppsala Norrlands nations
Feb. 11 Huskvarna Folketspark
Feb. 12 Mariestad Klubb kaliber

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Pain Announce New Single And Tracklisting

Pain is back with a brand new single coming up in January/February 2005 "Same Old Song" taken from the forthcoming album "Dancing With The Dead," which will hit the stores in February/March 2005. Peter agrees that Pain's melodies and riffs are stronger throughout the new album. "I have concentrated more on the actual songwriting - strong melodies, good riffs - as well as making sure the programming is less straight-ahead and grooves more." So expect a fucking killer album!!!

Album Tracklisting: More...

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Sirenia Announce Session Guitarist For The Tour

SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have announced the addition of session guitarist Bjørnar Landa for their upcoming European tour with TIAMAT, PAIN and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY. Landa joins the group as the temporary replacemen for guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen, who left the band this past summer due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Tiamat Films Polish Appearance For Upcoming DVD

Tiamat's upcoming live appearance in Krakow, Poland on January 13, 2005 will be filmed for an upcoming DVD.

Tiamat will be joined by Theatre Of Tragedy, Pain and Sirenia for a two-week European tour, starting in late December.

Tiamat's Johan Edlund had the following to say about the upcoming trek: "I'm sorry that we didn't tour earlier to the release of the 'Prey' album last year. But I would like to thank everybody who showed up at the summer festivals we did. Finally we are going on tour with Theatre Of Tragedy, Pain and Sirenia. All bands are good friends of us, so feel welcome to join our family. You can expect a fine selection of old and new songs and even some tracks we never played live before."

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Theatre Of Tragedy Confirm Live Dates

As previously reported, Norwegian fiends THEATRE OF TRAGEDY will be teaming up with their Scandinavian mates from TIAMAT, SIRENIA and PAIN for a 2 week long European tour. Exact dates include: More...

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