PAIN, the Swedish band led by HYPOCRISY mastermind Peter Tägtgren, has inked a deal with Roadrunner Records.
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 frontman of the hard-working touring band HYPOCRISY, he has also built a career as a producer, having worked with such bands as CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DESTRUCTION, DIMMU BORGIR, DARK FUNERAL, and MARDUK, among others. Tägtgren has also delivered scores and made cameo appearances in many Swedish hit films, including "Sleepwalker", "Nolltolerans" and "Exit".
PAIN originally signed to Universal (Stockholm Records) in 1999 where the band achieved substantial sales, backed up with European touring activities with IN FLAMES, TIAMAT, ATROCITY and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY, among others.
PAIN's Roadrunner debut — the group's fifth full-length release and the first signing under the Bonnier Amigo/Roadrunner joint A&R venture — will be issued in April. The as-yet-untitled effort will feature sharper production, "heavier guitars, massive string movements and even more in-your-face vocals," according to a press release.
"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," said Jesper Thorsson, A&R, who brought the artist to the Roadrunner.
Added Ulysses Hüppauff and Michael Smilgies, who manage PAIN: "What a great combination! Both Roadrunner and Peter are highly respected in the metal scene. We couldn't have found any better partner for PAIN than a label with such a tremendous history and experience in marketing and promoting metal music! We cannot wait to see first results!"
Tour dates and European festival appearances are being booked right now.
PAIN's latest album, "Dancing with the Dead", debuted at position No. 3 on the Swedish album chart in January 2005. The follow-up to 2002's "Nothing Remains the Same" was released in continental Europe in March 2005.