"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-year-old Peter Tägtgren, 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 fucking band in the genre. I want this to be huge on a worldwide scale."
Tägtgren's career began in Hypocrisy, the atmospheric death metal band that he created, fronted and led. "But, in 1996," Tägtgren 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."
Over the course of Pain's six album career, one thing has remained constant: Peter Tägtgren. While the sound of the band has developed from a more traditional rock beginning to the industrial, ethereal and melodic territory it now occupies, Tägtgren has remained at the helm alone as he drives his project on – taking on live musicians when he hits the stage.