Swedish metallers PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren, have issued the following update:
"When we did our first Russian show back in May 2007, we just thought people in that particular city were crazy. One and a half year later we know that Krasnodar was not a coincidence. Whole Russia is crazy, and one of the best countries PAIN has visited so far. We've started to feel that there's a mutual thing going on between us and the metalheads of Russia. Eleven Russian shows in six months last year speaks for itself, and there's going to be more of that, we promise. We were so frustrated when the show with NIGHTWISH in Moscow early this month was cancelled. That's why we decided that Russia will be one of the first countries we visit (after the release of [the new PAIN album] 'Cynic Paradise') that will hear the new songs live. Two dates are booked at the moment: December 5 at Club Tochka in Moscow, and December 6 at Club Orlandina in St. Petersburg. Make sure you get your tickets and your horns sharpened!"
PAIN's new album, "Cynic Paradise", will be released on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to "Psalms of Extinction" (which was released in 2007 via Roadrunner) features "eleven gems offering a vast variety of styles and influences which are even new for PAIN," according to a press release. Anette Olzon makes a guest appearance on two tracks — "Follow Me" and "Feed Us". The artwork (see below) was created by renowned artist Travis Smith (AMORPHIS, OPETH, NEVERMORE).
"Cynic Paradise" track listing:
01. I'm Going In
02. Monkey Business
03. Follow Me (feat. Anette Olzon)
04. Have A Drink On Me
05. Don't Care
06. Reach Out (And Regret)
07. Generation X
08. No One Knows
09. Live Fast - Die Young
10. Not Your Kind
11. Feed Us (feat. Anette Olzon)
"Cynic Paradise" will be available as a limited-edition digipack including a bonus CD.