Pain Confessor
Fearrage


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
June 9th, 2009 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


In the modern hall of variable metal styles, melodeath is certainly one of the genres that is overdone the most. There are hundreds of new melodeath bands, that mostly come out of europe, which have zero personality. Their music sounds always the same; the riffs, drumming patterns and song buildups have all been done before. The members in those bands don't love what they do and simply try to gain popularity and fame. Luckily, there are some new, but sadly rare interesting melodic death metal bands left and Pain Confessor is definitely one of them.

Formed in 2002, the Finnish six-piece melodic death metal band has been going strong since then and they have managed to make a name for themselves in Finland. In other regions though (maybe except Sweden), they are mostly an unknown band. Fearrage is Pain Confessor's second studio album and was released in 2006. It was followed by the album Purgatory of the Second Sun which was released in 2007 and is sort of a concept album, handling the topic of world's end which is caused by two suns that are born next to each other. But now, lets move to the album itself.

On a first listen, Fearrage is your common, but good melodeath album. The instrumentation on Fearrage is exactly what you would expect from a ordinary melodeath band. The guitarwork found in here is nicely executed, but is fairly easy and predictable. Standard chug-chug-chug melodic riffs and power chords dominate throughout this album. There is a more serious shredding part found in almost every song though to make the songs more interesting and there is even a breakdown in the song "Fall On Evil Days". The drumming on this album is a little bit muffled because the production is a bit turbid. The main weight is clearly on the guitarists shoulders. Another thing that impinges on the ear right away is that the vocals sound a bit processed. They sound good, but you can't get past the feeling that they have been somewhat wrought. That goes especially for the clean singing parts.

On a second listen though, this album truly reveals its strong side. While the instrumentation is somewhat simple/standard on Fearrage, the album is still an interesting listen and that is due to the captivating melodies found in every song. From the instrumental intro "Path To..." to the epic "Powderburns" to the heavy, yet melodic "Fall On Evil Days" to the somewhat depressive "Another Door" to the beautiful "Butterfly" to the (lack of a better word) lovesick "DNA Of A God" this album is infested with beautiful melodies that are a pure treat to listen to. The collaboration between the guitarists and vocalist is also very good because the vocals match the melodies absolutely perfectly (hence the feeling they are somewhat processed) and so the songs provide, what is truly an exciting listen. And just to add to all this there is also a small thrash influence in some of the songs like "Life Keeps Bleeding" and "Nemesis".

All in all this is a great melodic death metal album by one of the most promising new melodic death metal bands. Pain Confessor show that they are able to make a good melodeath album by not progressing the genre in any way, but just inducting everything good that is in melodic death metal and putting it all together into an album that is Fearrage.



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rasputin
June 9th 2009


14555 Comments


This doesn't sound interesting at all to be honest, and I just had to point out how terrible 'Fearrage' is as an album title. Good review, though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so yaah decided that this definitely needed a review. Definitely not my best work to date, but whatever

EDIT: thanks Rasputin, I am not sure if you would like this but I thought that it is pretty darn amazing. OH and the album title really is horrible I know

Hollow
June 9th 2009


263 Comments


Actually a good review again.Also the cover is interesting.Makes me feel like the album is filled with horror themes.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yaah that is actually very interesting that the cover is 100% controversial to the content of the album tbh. SO I am not a big fan of the cover, should have been something totally diferent imo

Zip
June 9th 2009


5312 Comments


I just might check this out.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you should

Zip
June 9th 2009


5312 Comments


Sounds alright, really looking forward to that new Be'lakor thing.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh hell yess, me too, should be awessome. I think you should like this too.

Zip
June 9th 2009


5312 Comments


Neither Shape Nor Shadow is the best thing ever.

jingledeath
June 9th 2009


7104 Comments


Horrible album title but great review man. New Be'lakor album art slays, hopefully the album will slay as well.

Zip
June 9th 2009


5312 Comments


I've actually seen that statue in person.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ zipper
yaah "neither shape nor shadow" is fucking awesome, I always jizz to those riffs found in there

@ Jingle
yaah I know, horrible cover and horrible album name, but I would rec you to check this out, I think you would like it

Zip
June 9th 2009


5312 Comments


dude, new review. Check it out.

gaslightanthem
June 9th 2009


5209 Comments


pretty sure it was me who added this to the database actually

good review bubs

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks man
btw if it was you, then where the hell do you see grind in here lol? Because you made a description in their bio that they mix grind and melodeath. I see a small thrash influence in here, but no grind whatsoever

ConorMichaelJoseph
June 9th 2009


1870 Comments


I've been meaning to check out some more melodeath, I might look into this.

gaslightanthem
June 9th 2009


5209 Comments


oh i never write the descriptions myself i copy and paste them from elsewhere

alternatively another user edited the description

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yaah go ahead and do that Conor

OH that makes sense Kane. I like it how some random dudes write about stuff they have no idea about. Like grind, in here, makes me speechless how anyone can think about something as stupid as that ( I was pretty sure you did not write the bio, you know your music well bro)

Willie
Moderator
June 9th 2009


16149 Comments


Good review, but no more melodeath for me.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2009


8393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well thanks anyway Willie



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