Peter Tägtgren

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Peter Tägtgren
Tägtgren performing in 2013
Tägtgren performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameAlf Peter Tägtgren
Born (1970-06-03) 3 June 1970 (age 52)
Grangärde, Sweden
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitars
  • drums
  • bass
  • keyboards
Years active1990–present
Member of
Formerly of

Alf Peter Tägtgren[1] (born 3 June 1970) is a Swedish musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is the founder, main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of 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 and the co-founder of Lindemann, a music project between Tägtgren and Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann. Tägtgren left Lindemann in 2020.[2][3]

Music career[edit]

Tägtgren with Pain in 2011

Tägtgren started playing drums at the age of nine and later learned to play guitar, bass and keyboard.

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. 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. He also appeared as a live guitarist for the bands Marduk and E-Type, and on the Bloodbath album Nightmares Made Flesh as a vocalist.

Additionally, 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 co-founded the industrial metal band Lindemann with Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann.[4]

In a 2017 interview with Noizr Zine, 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're just writing because we really have a good time writing."[5]

In November 2020, Tägtgren left the musical project Lindemann.[6]

Personal life[edit]

A year before the recording of his album Dancing with the Dead (2005), Tägtgren's heart stopped beating for two minutes. This event inspired him to write the album.[7]

Tägtgren is known as "Mayor of Pärlby" as he owns the small village in which he resides (population c. 120 people).[8] He 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."[9]

Discography and guest appearances[edit]

Production credits[edit]


  1. ^ Ratsit AB. "Alf Peter Tägtgren Pällbyvägen 34 Grangärde – Ratsit". Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  2. ^ Lewry, Fraser (13 November 2020). "Rammstein side project Lindemann have broken up". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 21 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (16 November 2020). "Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren Leaves Lindemann". Metal Sucks. Retrieved 21 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Rammstein Vocalist Creates New Project With Pain Mainman". 5 January 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Peter Tägtgren on Pain, Lindemann, Hypocrisy, and work at studio –". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Peter Tägtgren Leaves Lindemann; Till To Continue Project With "A New Set-Up In The Future"". Kerrang!. 16 November 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  7. ^ Carlsson, Johan. Pain – Attacking From Outside, Release Magazine.
  8. ^ "Meet the mayor of Parlby: Peter Tagtgren – Ultimate Metal Forum". Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Pain Leader Peter Tägtgren: Women Go, Music Stays". Noisecreep. Retrieved 21 June 2015.