Trapt
Only Through the Pain


2.0
poor

Review

by ninjuice USER (49 Reviews)
September 24th, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another forgettable album from that band that wrote "Headstrong".

"BACK OFF! I'LL TAKE YOU ON!
HEADSTRONG - I'LL TAKE ON ANYONE!
"

Yeah, you've heard it. If you were alive 6 years ago (if you weren't, you shouldn't be on the computer reading this) and didn't live in an underground shelter, then you heard "Headstrong", Trapt's insanely successful hit single which might as well have been written for a pro wrestler (or something similar). "Headstrong"'s giant, in-your-face chorus made it a perfect song for ESPN and action movie trailers, becoming overplayed in what seemed like a week. It was so big that follow-up singles "Echo" and "Still Frame" were pretty much unknown (to the average American) by comparison.

Three years later, follow-up Someone in Control would go gold - a color which meant more money for the members of Trapt. A platinum debut followed by a gold second effort - who in their right mind would stop making albums after that" Certainly not this band, and so after another three years we have Only Through the Pain.

The album is quite similar to the previous two; a collection of simple, catchy and heavy-while-still-accessible songs that sit somewhere between mainstream hard rock and alternative. Each song follows the soft verse and loud chorus structure, changing only when the verse is kind of loud and the chorus is louder.

As expected, none of the band members are truly talented, simply doing their job to keep the song going and back Chris Brown's vocal hooks. The drums are just there, helping to drive the songs and do their job but never standing out. Peter Charell's bass parts are similar, and he suffers the common bassist fate of being drowned out by his band members on all but one song (we'll get to that later).

Vocalist/guitarist Chris Brown and lead guitarist Robb Torres take a much more central role in the songs. Brown delivers plenty of hook-laden choruses and simple lyrics that will usually get stuck in your head for a while. However, he seems confined to a higher register, delivering every vocal part in a slightly whiny voice that gets annoying after a while. Torres makes up this a little bit with the odd riff or nice lead part, but doesn't really entertain very well.

As for the songs themselves" "Wasteland" is an anthemic opener with an "Ok" riff and a catchy chorus, followed by lead single "Who's Going Home With You Tonight"" which is essentially an improved version of the opener. "Black Rose" is easily the best song of the album; a nice bass groove drives the verse before a nicely melodic pre-chorus, all of which leads into the quite catchy chorus. During the bridge there's a (gasp!) short guitar solo which shows that Torres has some ability to shred. The only other song that stands out is "Forget About the Rain", which maintains a slight reggae feel via drum beats and guitar tones.

Every other song on Only Through the Pain is either an up-tempo hard rock number similar to the first two tracks, or a weak ballad which falls flat because Chris Brown's voice can't hold it up alone. It's in this regard that Trapt still doesn't satisfy: there isn't that much to enjoy here, and mainstream hard rock has (slightly) better choices on hand. Disturbed has a fairly talented guitarist who can shred and solo, Breaking Benjamin has a guitar duo who harmonize often, 10 Years resembled (or used to") prog giants Tool....the list goes on. One should judge an album by itself, but when there's not much to take in listeners usually look elsewhere. Ultimately, that's what you should do with this album: avoid it and look for something else.

Download if you must:
Who's Going Home With You Tonight"
Black Rose



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ninjuice
September 24th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I wanted to get one or two more positive reviews done before posting this, but I've been busy and it's just sitting on my computer.

Only thing I'm not sure of is whether this reads quite like a 2.

Platonism
September 24th 2008


168 Comments


Fitting rating for them, as well as the review. pos.

ninjuice
September 24th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pos.


Where?

GIMME THE POS!!! :D

bastard
September 24th 2008


3432 Comments


lol

nice job, have a real pos.

Platonism
September 24th 2008


168 Comments


You blind!

ninjuice
September 24th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You posted it/it showed up right after my comment!

lol, thanks guys.

Doppelganger
September 24th 2008


3124 Comments


woah I totally feel like a curtain just lifted on memories when I read the band name. Completely forgot about how bad this band was/is.

shortz
September 24th 2008


201 Comments


I was going to review this album, but figured I wouldn't waste my time... pretty much summed it up in the review. It's boring, repetitive (structure of song) and the lyrics are laughable at times.

Nice review so I shall "pos'" as well

Yazz_Flute
September 24th 2008


18939 Comments


Their debut was decent. Average radio rock, but I found it enjoyable (then again that was like 4-5 years ago).

Cesar
September 24th 2008


2732 Comments


This read a bit like a 2.5 for me, but it works with the 2 just fine. Review is good, I pos too. Will not listen to this.

ninjuice
September 25th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

woah I totally feel like a curtain just lifted on memories when I read the band name


I listened to "Headstrong" tonight and felt the same thing. Thanks for the positive feedback everyone.

Captain North
September 25th 2008


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wasteland, Cover Up and Forget About the Rain are the best tracks - the latter because its actually different, and the first two because they feel different due to their placing on the album, in actual fact they probably aren't, but they feel different enough to be highlights (and Wasteland is a song I genuinely like, much like Headstrong and other singles).

SylentEcho
September 25th 2008


1606 Comments


good, coz I was planning to pick this up. Nice review.

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
September 26th 2008


22486 Comments


Another good review Steve. Clear, straight-forward & informative.
I'm just putting the finishing touches on a review of a similar album as we speak & am having to make the rating decision between a 2 & 2.5 as well. I may go the higher rating simply because it's a debut, where-as Trapt can't use that as an excuse as such.

Curse.
October 2nd 2008


8057 Comments


I honestly thought that they had broken up, don't know why I thought that. I am pretty sure I thought that before their sophmore album came out as well, oh well.

macLOFFlyn
April 13th 2009


15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Mainstream rock at its worst

Crimson Death
July 31st 2010


533 Comments


Good review, pos'd and I will avoid this album.

Trez
September 26th 2010


92 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I rated this a 3 just because of "ready when you are". Great song.

Acanthus
November 13th 2010


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Your review summed up the release perfectly.

Prince1993
June 16th 2011


553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm so in love with 'Ready When You Are'



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