Pain (SWE)
You Only Live Twice


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
June 16th, 2011 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: another solid Pain album, and that's all you can ask for.

You Only Live Twice marks a period in Pain’s existence where they’ve been around for quite a while. They’ve released seven albums now, and with every album, their metaphorical beards (or not?) have grown longer. I have some good news though – they’ve shaved. Sure, they still do the same brooding, creepy industrial metal in the style of Rammstein, but this doesn’t mean they’ve fallen down on the job. In fact, Pain have always found a way to make their relatively simple style never seem stale, and that’s exactly what they do here. They may not be breaking new grounds, but they don’t need to, and I doubt they can.

Expectably, not much has changed with this release. The only unexpected difference between this and previous albums is the guitar, which now plays bone crushingly heavy riffs. In comparison to the poppy, weaker songs of the last album, having such an overwhelmingly heavy attack gives the band a much needed boost. Also, Peter Tagtgren’s vocals have never sounded better, as he switches between clean singing, gothic singing, whispers, and screams. Often, he layers his screams on top of his clean vocals, and this proves to be effective. With heavy guitars and Peter’s vocal control, the music is often powerful.

Not unlike the vocal layering, every song is dense with industrialisms and electronic fluff. While this could easily suffocate the listener, it instead provides an engaging listening experience that can sometimes be reminiscent of Devin Townsend’s works. Although the electronics try their best to sound and feel creepy, the album doesn’t depress due to strong melodies and surprisingly memorable choruses. Prime example is their shocking cover of Sonic Syndicate’s song, ‘Leave Me Alone’, which is made to sound like a dreary song, but even then, the melodies break through the dark clouds. No matter how it seems at first, You Only Live Twice is an entirely accessible album that should please metal fans.

Once the shock of the crushing guitars has worn out, and the thick soundscape has had time to settle, interest fades. Since the music is meant to sound eerie and it doesn’t always work, the songs occasionally grow tiresome. The album works better when the songs are more melodic, as opposed to dark and gothic. Ultimately, it’s technically great, but don’t expect it to grow on you. You Only Live Twice is a predictably solid Pain release, and that’s good enough. If you come to this album with the hope that Pain have changed (even the slightest) you’ll be disappointed, but fans of Pain will definitely find something to enjoy here.



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pizzamachine
June 16th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It feels good to be reviewing an industrial album again!

Blindsided
June 16th 2011


1871 Comments


Hey a pizza review.
Nice job, I'm actually writing an industrial review now too!

Tyrael
June 16th 2011


20947 Comments


Great review Pizza, reminds me that I have to finish that Marilyn Manson review I was working on.

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pizzamachine
June 16th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha everyone is writing industrial reviews! Oh btw did you notice I did four paragraphs? : )

Blindsided
June 16th 2011


1871 Comments


I did and it was better for it, adds more meat. Sometimes it isn't needed but there is such a thing as writing too short of a review.

Tyrael
June 16th 2011


20947 Comments


Yeah, I like your longer reviews a whole lot more Pizza. Oh and I gotta do that King Diamond review too...

MO
June 16th 2011


19003 Comments


I was really big into older Pain like Rebirth and Remains. I'll check this out. Good review Pizza.

pizzamachine
June 16th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man, I guess I should do longer reviews more often.

MetallicO, I'd be surprised if you don't like this.

pizzamachine
June 16th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have no doubt about that. Their styles seem similar in many respects.

Acanthus
June 16th 2011


9545 Comments


Sweet review, I might give this a listen just to hear the ambiance.

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Wizard
June 16th 2011


19616 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Fuck this band sucks so much cock. Good review but I completely disagree with this being solid. This is bottom-of-the-barrel industrial metal.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2011


8387 Comments


I'm really glad that you reviewed this pizza, because I totally forgot Peter...I mean Pain had a new album coming this year. These guys are always good for a fun listen.

EDIT: whoa Wiz is in a grumpy mood haha.

KronosRage
June 16th 2011


367 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This is nothing special

bloc
June 16th 2011


35010 Comments


Well sonofa...I've actually listened to and rated an album from this band before...

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Wizard
June 16th 2011


19616 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Couldn't even remember, could ya?

Wizard
June 16th 2011


19616 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

EDIT: whoa Wiz is in a grumpy mood haha.

Hahahahah not really, I just think Peter TAGEHSYSHD is shit.

pizzamachine
June 16th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol his last name is pretty regrettable.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2011


8387 Comments


Hahahahah not really, I just think Peter TAGEHSYSHD is shit.
Do you hate Hypocrisy too?

Apollo
June 16th 2011


10365 Comments


nice job here bro...I'm listening to Dirty Woman now and can definitely hear the Rammstein in this. It's good though...manly metal w/

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2011


23976 Comments


sounds like i dont want to hear this but good reviewwwwww

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