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Peter Tägtgren, Myötätuulirock 2011
3 June 1970|
|Genres||Death metal, melodic death metal, industrial metal, electronic rock, grindcore, black metal|
|Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, percussion|
|Hypocrisy, PAIN, Bloodbath, Lock Up, The Abyss, War, Lindemann, Immortal|
Alf Peter Tägtgren (born 3 June 1970) is a Swedish musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the founder, main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the death metal band Hypocrisy as well as the industrial metal band PAIN in which he is the only member. He is also the owner of The Abyss recording studio.
After Tägtgren's first band Conquest disbanded, he emigrated to the United States. There he became part of the death metal scene after participating in practice sessions with Malevolent Creation's guitarist, Phil Fasciana.
Tägtgren moved back to Sweden and formed the band Hypocrisy, at this time a one-man project, and played all instruments himself. He then signed a recording contract with the independent record label Nuclear Blast.
Although Hypocrisy is his main focus, he has also worked on many other Swedish metal projects. These include PAIN (industrial metal), for which he performs all instruments and vocals and composes all songs, Lock Up (grindcore/death metal), in which he was the vocalist, The Abyss (black metal), where he performed drums, bass and vocals, War (black metal), where he performed drums, and most recently Bloodbath (death metal), also with him on vocals. He also appeared as a live guitarist for the bands Marduk and E-Type.
Additionally, Peter Tägtgren is a record producer, running The Abyss studio where he mixes and edits works of other Scandinavian bands including Sabaton, Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Amon Amarth, Skyfire, Finnish bands Children of Bodom and Amorphis and Swiss band Celtic Frost. In 2015 he also co founded the Industrial metal band Lindemann, along with Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann.
In the recent interview with Noizr Zine, Peter Tägtgren reported that he's working on new material together with his son Sebastian:
"And now, since January, we are sitting in the studio, writing music, and we have like 20 songs or something like that. We don't know what it is for. It's not for Hypocrisy, it's not for Pain, it's for something else. We don't know yet, we just writing because we really have a good time writing."
A year before the recording of his album "Dancing with the Dead (PAIN)", his heart stopped beating for two minutes. This event inspired him to write the album Dancing with the Dead. Peter is also known as "Mayor of Parlby" as he owns the small village in which he resides (population ~120 people). Peter has been married twice; however, neither marriage lasted. He was quoted as saying, "And my passion for music? It's hard to be in two places at the same time, and women come and women go. Music stays."