“Music is everything to me. I’ve been through two divorces and a whole world of shit because of music, but still it is the most important thing in the world to me. I’d rather have music than anything else.” So speaks Peter Tägtgren, musician, producer and creative brain behind PAIN, Sweden’s finest industrial metal export. His has been a life immersed in music, in pushing boundaries, and taking ideas to both their logical and illogical extremes.
It’s been a career that has involved fronting bands – notably iconic death metal veterans HYPOCRISY, and now PAIN – or shaping their sounds – as he has done with CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DIMMU BORGIR and IMMORTAL amongst others. It’s a calling that has made him one of Europe’s most respected musicians and producers. After a long running tour cycle for the successful PAIN album “Cynic Paradise”, Tägtgren jumped back to HYPOCRISY, released another album and got back on the road immediately. With the eighth album out, PAIN is taking over the world by storm!
Even if the sound of course remains in the known schemes, “You Only Live Twice” took the band towards a heavier and more aggressive effort of the their history – the death metal roots of the groups mainman can definitely be heard. But PAIN would not be PAIN if the there were no catchy, anthemic songs as well – like the first smash hit single “Dirty Woman” which deals with that kind of ruthless women average Joe does not want to meet (see quote above). The band’s latest album “Coming Home” was released in September, 2016.
Be it catchy, be it brutal – play it loud and dig into the dark, heavy and aggressive PAIN!