Pain (SWE)
Coming Home


2.0
poor

Review

by MercuryToHell CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
September 21st, 2016 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'Designed To Piss You Off' apparently. Make of that what you will.

I always find it a shame when decent production gets ruined by bad songwriting.

Hypocrisy frontman and Lindemann instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren has been releasing albums under the PAIN moniker for almost 20 years at this point, and it’s fair to say that the man knows what he likes – each record slams through snotty industrial riffery and synthesizers like they’re going out of fashion (which I’d be inclined to say they were if I didn’t have quite so much of a soft spot for them). So after such a comprehensive back catalogue and a branch out into a slightly more mainstream – but still unashamedly weird – side project in Lindemann, what does PAIN bring in 2016?

Now, Coming Home certainly packs a punch, if brash industrial pomp is your thing, and the musicianship as a whole is to be commended for the ‘bigger is better’ approach rather than just rehashing 10 chug-synth-chug-synth-breakdown-big chugging chorus finale patterns and calling it an album. A lot of clinical skill and care has gone into the electronic elements, and the orchestral passages that adorn so much of this record have been lovingly crafted and layered without ever sounding messy. However, this is where the bulk of my frustration lies with this record. There is simply no need for the subject matter to be surrounded in such crass grandiosity. Yes, there are some undoubted glimpses of talent and flair on this record, but the utterly cringeworthy lyrics (coupled with none-too-convincing delivery) make this much more of an arduous listen than it needs to be. Furthermore, the whole ‘I’m just a lovable asshole’ act that Tägtgren just drips all over this thing grates exceptionally quickly. Coming Home is not quite intricate enough to work as an instrumental album, but sans vocals, one can’t help but feel this might serve a more fulfilling purpose providing the background for a Mountain Dew fuelled Twitch stream. Only really on ‘Final Crusade’ does the experimentation seem to come together, with a chorus akin to a battle-ready Andrew WK meeting a slightly more Hypocrisy-esque closing section.

To sum up the ill-placed grandeur to be found all over this record, allow me to impart this slice of seemingly obvious advice: there is never any excuse for layering an extravagant orchestra over the top of a sleazy romp about being an escort that steals Christina Aguilera lyrics for good measure.

At least it’s better than Skills In Pills



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MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2016


1254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A bit of Spotify exploration led me to this. A baffling listen.

Dizchu
September 21st 2016


264 Comments


I quite like Dancing with the Dead but I wish this guy would use the obvious songwriting skills he has to make something more interesting. I love Hypocrisy but Pain almost always falls short for me.

Also good review, pos.

Willie
Moderator
September 21st 2016


17202 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

I'd have to agree. I had never heard Pain before, but they definitely didn't live up to the hype on this release.

Hellscythe
September 21st 2016


2047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dancing with the Dead was great, everything since has been varying levels of mediocre to awful though. not interested in hearing this.



he needs to just go back to focusing on Hypocrisy

Digging: Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken...

DungeonBoy
September 21st 2016


2925 Comments


Good review. Heard a song off it and the verses were terrrrrible.

MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2016


1254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Most of the lyrics on this are poor in fairness, and while you don't associate industrial with a huge amount of lyrical maturity, for someone to have been in the game so long to still be cranking out gems like 'Shut up! I don't wanna hear you anymore. IQ 0.84! Shut up, or get to the point! Natural born idiot!' is a little unacceptable.

DungeonBoy
September 21st 2016


2925 Comments


Ha yeah.. and Tägtgren is the man. Not sure what he's thinking.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2016


10686 Comments


Good review, except that last sentence ;)

Digging: Saltvind - Saltvind

MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2016


1254 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh no Scuro, you didn't like Skills In Pills, did you?

I will pray for you.

turnip90210
September 22nd 2016


399 Comments


I checked out "Black Knight Satellite". I paid no heed to the lyrics, this thing sounds like a more string'y take on the sound the project had in its early 00's heyday. Not bad.

Wizard
September 22nd 2016


20101 Comments


Unfortunately, Peter Tägtgren has always been painfully mediocre.

Hellscythe
September 22nd 2016


2047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nah Hypocrisy's had some pretty great stuff

Dizchu
September 23rd 2016


264 Comments


Hypocrisy are probably the only melodeath band I really listen to anymore, their last album wasn't great though.



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