Peter Tagtgren and his band Pain to rock Belfast and Dublin with Nightwish

PAIN confirmed as Special Guests at Nightwish concerts at Mandela Hall and Vicar Street.
“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 36-eyar-old Peter Tagtgren, musician, producer and creative brain behind PAIN. 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 Hypocrisy and now PAIN – or shaping their sounds – as he has done with Celtic Frost, Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir and Immortal, among others. It’s a calling that has made him one of Sweden’s most respected musicians and producers. But, with Pain’s new album, ‘Psalms Of Extinction’ he now wants to take things one step further.

Now, in his own words, he’s ready to make his band Pain, ‘the biggest f****** band in the genre. I want this to be huge on a worldwide scale.

TAGTGREN’S CAREER began in Hypocrisy, the atmospheric death metal band that he created, fronted and led. “But in 1996,” Tatgren says “I realised I wanted to write some more heavy metal based music. I didn’t want to change Hypocrisy because I didn’t think that band had finished developing in its own genre. I really wanted to allow that to happen but I also wanted to experiment with other sounds. That’s why I set up PAIN.”


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