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Swedish heavy metal man: 'I'm still addicted'

Published: 11 Jan 2013 16:36 GMT+01:00

"I'm still very addicted," Roger Tullgren, 47, told The Local this week from his home in Hässleholm in southern Sweden.

"I listen to heavy metal music 24 hours a day."

Tullgren, whose heavy metal interest stems from hearing a Black Sabbath album back in 1971, first gained notoriety in 2007 when it emerged he had managed to have his undying affection for metal classified as a disability.

The diagnosis, backed by an assessment from occupational psychologists, allowed him to receive benefits to supplement his income, as his need to listen to heavy metal made it hard for him to hold down a full-time job.

"I have been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap," Tullgren told The Local at the time.

"I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against."

As a result, the heavy metal addict, who sports a lengthy mane of jet-black hair, started receiving monthly payments of "a few thousand kronor" (1,000 kronor = $155) to supplement his income as a part-time dish washer.

A sampling of Tullgren's band Papa Midnite

Tullgren's remarkable story once again struck a chord with the international media last month, with articles popping up in the Huffington Post and on the website of the New Musical Express (NME), a well-known British music publication.

"It's really funny," Tullgren told The Local.

"I'm not really sure why the story popped up again, but I've had a lot of people emailing me about it from all over the world."

He explained, however, that he hasn't been receiving benefits since January 2012.

"I took a new job as a janitor. I work four hours a day and then spend most of the rest of my time with my band, Papa Midnite," he said.

Tullgren and his band mates have been in the studio in recent months working on a new album, and he is thankful that he's managed to find different ways to weave his love of metal into his life.

"Metal controls my life. I need to have my music with me wherever I go," he said, explaining that he even plays heavy metal at night.

"I'm taking medication that makes it hard to sleep, which leaves me with even more time to listen to metal," he said.

And while there may not be any scientific research into the possible genetic roots of heavy metal addiction, Tullgren explains that his four-year-old daughter already shown signs of having inherited her father's condition.

"She's wicked on the drums and synth," he said.

Despite his addiction, Tullgren has never sought treatment to bring his obsession with metal under control and says he doesn't plan to do so.

"Some friends suggested I sit in a room for twelve hours straight and listen to nothing but dance music, but I didn't do it and I'm glad for that," he said with a laugh.

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Your comments about this article

17:16 January 11, 2013 by Eric1
I feel I have to drink at least one litre of water per day. I'm addicted to water, can I get on benefits as well?
17:18 January 11, 2013 by Svensksmith
What a scam.
17:43 January 11, 2013 by jvtx3232
Is he a hippie?
17:46 January 11, 2013 by StockholmSam
" 'It's really funny,' Tullgren told The Local"

Yeah, it's a real laugh-riot, @ssh0le.

This guy is a complete farking loser and an embarrassment to the system. He should simply be listed as unemployed and get whatever unemployment benefits he earned from his last job. Obviously, he just wants to be in a band. He is making a mockery of Sweden for all the world, and the doctors that played along with it all deserve equal blame. This is exactly the kind of thing that critics our our system focus on, and I understand why. He is scamming our tax dollars.
18:55 January 11, 2013 by Achilles7
What a loser. A disgrace to society.
19:23 January 11, 2013 by Frobobbles
The singer sucks.
21:57 January 11, 2013 by StockholmSam
The guitarist and bass player are decent, but the drummer drags tempo horribly and the singer is, as Frobobbles said, bloody awful.
06:56 January 12, 2013 by curious_1
The morons that approved this "disability" and appoved financial support for this dufus should be forced to listen to that bloody music (hopefully in their tiny gray cubicles) for the rest of their working lives.

That are my taxes going to waster here. :-(
12:54 January 12, 2013 by StockholmSam
I encourage all here to look him up on Facebook and send him your condolences. I know I will.
20:04 January 15, 2013 by wbs
Roger.....it's me, Father Time. You're 47 years old now, time to grow up.
09:26 June 13, 2013 by silversurfer
New Black Metal ! - Fire hits Swedish nuke plant near Gothenburg

This search brought me RIGHT HERE! lol

(you ought to work something out with ENENEWS) just sayin...

Let's get that fire out in all seriousness.

love / hate whatever, see me... I love you.
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