Pain (SWE)
Dancing with the Dead


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
July 9th, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Best Pain album yet. A bit more atmospheric, darker and diverse. But it still has the same recycled Pain sound which makes the album short-lived.

If there is something that I admire a lot in the metal scene is people who form these so called one man projects or side projects. Good examples would be bands like Mirrorthrone, Diabolical Masquerade and early Vintersorg. There are of course a lot of other bands as well but these bands were just a few examples. But there is one band/project that I have caught my interest over these years. He started first as a guitarist in Hypocrisy where he later became the front man, he has also helped bands like Bloodbath and Lock Up. To spice it up a bit more I can tell that he has been part of smaller, lesser known black metal bands like Algaion and Sorhin where he played drums. And at last I could mention that he formed his own black metal band called The Abyss, which is currently inactive, or in worst case split-up. That’s quite a résumé huh" Peter Tagtgren is his name and he is the supreme commander of his own band Pain. Lot of metal people who are familiar to his death and black metal stuff would have parted thoughts regarding Pain. According to various sources, lots of people who create their own side-projects tend to sound same similar to their other work. Let’s say if you play death metal then the project result could be labelled as avant-garde death metal or experimental death metal, just as a rough example. But this is not the case regarding Pain. Pain is a industrial, electronic, techno metal fusion. I guess you could call it future or computer metal as well. This is almost the total opposite if you compare this to Hypocrisy. Lots of electronics are blended with simplistic but yet heavy riffs and drumming, keyboards play a huge roll here and all the vocals are clean singing.

Dancing with the dead
I don't want to remember, but I can not forget
Dancing with the dead
Because too much was never enough

Dancing With The Dead was released in 2005 and this album seems to have a little story of its own. Peter Tagtgren is a metal workaholic, he has almost something going on all the time, but in the end, there is a toll that has to be paid. He got a heart attack and he was medically dead in almost five minutes more or less, but he was lucky and he returned back to life. This event was basically the biggest and only inspiration that Peter needed to create this album according to rumours that I found. Take a look at the track titles ‘’Dancing With The Dead’’ and ‘’Not Afraid To Die’’, pretty self explaining right" So what does this album has to offer do you think. Well I’m afraid to say that this is still the same Pain book but with a different album cover. The music hasn’t changed so particularly much, except that the lyrics have perhaps a bit more expertise in them and that the overall atmosphere has become a bit darker. This is not an album of diversity, many tracks follows a similar pattern, most of them goes in the same pace, and not all tracks stands out. The atmospheric tracks Dancing With The Dead and Same Old Song stands out among the slower tracks while Bye/Die and Stay Away reigns among the fast tracks.

Your soul is burning bright, high hopes of future in sight
Beyond the horizon lays a world that's so black
They'll try to shape your mind and make you walk the line
Don't let them steal your dreams, its all that you've got

Peter Tagtgren is the only guy here and that means that he takes care of everything, vocals, lyrics and instruments. This instrumental arsenal is nothing spectacular, here you will find riffs a la Rammstein followed by simple catchy drum work. The bass follows the guitars and does not stand out from the rhythm sections; it also drowns because of the loud guitars and the slight overuse of electronic equipment. All in all this is a very simplistic instrumental performance, simple enough to create a good vibe of catchiness mix with some heaviness. Peter has proved himself as a gifted singer; growls, screams, shrieks and clean singing are some of his specialties. In this case you will only experience his clean singing, there is one exception though, in Same Old Song Peter unleashes a very frustrated scream. If we look at the electronics and keyboards we can find different types of melodic patterns. Stay Away and Tear It Up has some of the albums ghost-spookiest electronics, The Third Wave has a very cool future sound and Same Old Song has some of the most majestic melodies. Each song has its own melody pattern but in the end you will probably get bored, you either find songs that you love or hate.

You want me on my knees but I'm not going down
Bye bye, leave me alone or
Die die, it's your choice
No time for games, so just leave me the f*ck alone

Pain is not a groundbreaking band/project but lot of people would have no problem to digest this type of music, since it is catchy, medium weight and at times complex due to the use of different types of electronic melodies. Fans of Hypocrisy might find Peter’s work with Pain as brilliant while others are disgusted by it. Personally I don’t have any problem with this type of music, he has actually succeeded this time because Dancing With The Dead is without a doubt his best work, yet. There are no huge flaws in this album, this is a clear case of ‘’like it or not’’. Tracks like Same Old Song and Bye/Die really stands out while Nothing and My Misery just repeats most of Pain’s past material. Peter should be experimenting more with his project instead of recycle it all the time, but this album still feels more refreshing than his previous work. Perhaps he could broaden his vocal register, add some more technicalities or maybe make clearer contrasts between the tracks. This is recommended to people who likes everything that Peter Tagtgren has been working with, industrial fans could take a look at this and metal fans who wants to discover something new could give Pain a chance.

Recommended Tracks
-- Same Old Song (Best Pain track ever, slow and majestic)
-- Bye/Die (A very angry, catchy and fast song)
-- Dancing With The Dead (A mellow and catchy song with a good atmosphere)
-- The Third Wave (Best intro of all the tracks, pretty calm song)

4/5



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kalkal50
July 9th 2007


2386 Comments


You're reviews are getting better. I'm much happy.
I'll look into this in like 5 weeks cuz now I can't.

Shattered_Future
July 9th 2007


1560 Comments


I really, really cannot stand Pain. Tagtgren should really just try to concentrate on Hypocrisy instead of what he's doing now (although, I have to say, Virus was a step in the right direction). It's really what he does best.

kalkal50
July 10th 2007


2386 Comments


Ye it was, a mixture of Virus and the s/t would be lethal. This Message Edited On 07.10.07

Dethtrasher
July 10th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree, I wish he could continue with Hypocrisy (and Bloodbath) instead of Pain.



You're reviews are getting better. I'm much happy.


After 180 reviews and you say that they are getting better? I almost took that as an insult. I appreciate what you said but you made it sound like that this was my 5th or 10th.This Message Edited On 07.10.07

Confessed2005
July 10th 2007


4619 Comments


This sounds like something I might check into. Tagtgren was amazing in Bloodbath.

Dethtrasher
July 11th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then you should listen to something from this album, or maybe his latest. But don't expect anything raw, brutal or aggressive. Pain is heavy music at times but it is no way near the brutality of Hypocrisy or Bloodbath.

kalkal50
July 11th 2007


2386 Comments


After 180 reviews and you say that they are getting better? I almost took that as an insult. I appreciate what you said but you made it sound like that this was my 5th or 10th.


sorry, its just your two latest reviews are so much better then the stuff you did before, and i didnt see any improvement until now really, its like it stayed at the same level


Dethtrasher
July 12th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not trying to outdo my reviews, I'm not struggling to write fancy reviews with lots of complicated words and stuff. I like to keep my reviews simple. Plus, I don't like to stick to one certain review style/format whatsoever. As I have mentioned before, if I get an album that I really like then I put more effort to them, and then result can be amazing. But if I review an album that I think sounds horrible then my reviews might get sloppy and ''spiritless'', then I might fail on details and stuff.

FR33L0RD
July 12th 2007


1474 Comments


Indeed, great review...you have my pos vote

kalkal50
July 12th 2007


2386 Comments


I'm not trying to outdo my reviews, I'm not struggling to write fancy reviews with lots of complicated words and stuff. I like to keep my reviews simple.


stop making fun of my reviews.. i agree that you have your own style which i like, but your ideas used to be much less undeveloped

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was not talking about your reviews by saying that you quotet. I don't have a reason to do that since your english is a bit more advanced than mine. :p

kalkal50
July 12th 2007


2386 Comments


i may be a bit more "loaded" when it comes to english, but i dont know how to apply the words really, since I'm not a native speaker.. i have to read more books but i hate doing that :P

Altmer
April 10th 2008


5701 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album, and Pain for that matter, fucking kick arse. Fuck all the death-metal fanboys who think Peter should stay with Hypocrisy. I love this shit. It's motherfucking angry, it's catchy, powerful, even melodic at times, just what I want in my metal.



That said Hypocrisy rules face too.

FR33L0RD
December 18th 2010


1474 Comments


Peter Tagtgren is so talented & creative that he can drive two (2) band.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2011


8324 Comments


I was browsing records at my local store yesterday and this was playing through the store's speakers.

Superb sound and groovy songs.

Will definitely check this out.

Digging: Minuit Machine - Infrarouge

HSThomas
May 28th 2012


668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Extremely solid album. Really, really good.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 30th 2012


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got that right Thomas, Pain is just plain cool to listen to. The newest was kind of a dud, but the rest of Pain's discography is damn solid. Also, Peter's awesome haha.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 20th 2014


15007 Comments


i love hypocrisy but never heard a full pain album, is this the one

Metalstyles
Emeritus
June 20th 2014


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It should be. Probably his best work under the Pain moniker, though both the albums that came after and before this are excellent as well. Haven't listened to Rebirth in so long, but I think it was cool too.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 20th 2014


15007 Comments


thanks! i'll jam soon :+)



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