Pain (SWE)
Cynic Paradise


3.5
great

Review

by Altmer USER (175 Reviews)
November 13th, 2008 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's the same old song.

Peter Tagtgren is one busy man. In 2007 he released Psalms of Extinction , then he toured for that album, then now the new Pain is out already, and apparently he's doing production as well as the new Hypocrisy on the side; he must be some sort of workaholic. Anyway, Pain's newbie comes hot on the heels of its predecessor, and with such a short time between the release date of that one and the previous record, you might think that even Peter, who is apparently always busy, had made a rushed job of this record.

You couldn't be more wrong. This record sounds like everything else Pain has done; it's neatly organised, the song-writing is in perfect order, there's a suitable production, the vocals sound like they're supposed to. In short, Pain isn't really inventing the wheel on this one. Apart from a couple tracks, which don't deviate that much from the Pain formula but throw in some new stylistic changes, this band sounds like it always has. There's still those typical choruses and heavy grinding Pantera-esque riffs.

They don't really need to, either. This caters to every fan of the band. Pain have always sort of sounded like old Rammstein with an English-speaking vocalist and more in-your-face lyrics. You know how the old Rammstein stuff sounded really heavy and groovy, with a simple rhythmic backdrop and some keyboard melody to underscore the whole thing" Well, this album works pretty much on that formula. It's just that slight bit angrier, and it has less of a weird techno thing going on. Pain fans will dig that sound, and Pain haters that think Peter should stick to the real death metal in Hypocrisy will keep thinking this.

And Pain pretty much always sounded like that: this album fits squarely between Rebirth and Nothing Remains The Same . The production is a bit rawer on this album, making it hark back to the older Pain era a bit. There is no doubt that album opener "I'm Going In" would fit next to an old classic like "On and On", or "End of the Line". The guitars also seem to have slightly less of that heavy tone they have on the previous one; it's a bit more melodic than we're used to, but with Pain always being pretty melodically focused, it just works even better with the material on offer. Don't worry, there's still some pretty angry stuff: "Don't Care" comes to mind as one of the angrier Pain songs to surface in a while.

There are a couple of experiments on here though: "Have A Drink On Me" features a Pain song channelled through a cowboy with a guitar, which is an endearing sound for a one-time experiment, but not something you want Pain to venture into repeatedly. Lead single "Follow Me" and "Feed Us" feature guest vocals from none other than Nightwish siren Anette Olzon, whose melodic pop-rock voice gives the choruses of the respective tracks another boost. And some of the drum and bass tracks were laid down by session members of the live unit (the rest of the recording is all done by Peter himself), which doesn't really change the songwriting, but gives them a different flavour playing-wise.

And even though some of the songs feature Peter's voice through a bit more distortion (his vocals on I'm Going In get dangerously close to Marco Hietala territory), Pain still continue on that typical sound of theirs, preferring a slight bit of evolution over a large revolution. It may be a bit odd for someone as esoteric as Peter to play it safe on an album like this, but then again Pain always was built around this formula, and it seems to bring them success. And with the recognition that Peter Tagtgren deserves (were it only for his work in Hypocrisy alone), and the quality of the songwriting on offer, that success doesn't seem really out of place.



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fireaboveicebelow
November 13th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I hate Have A Drink On Me so much



on that note, good review

BallsToTheWall
November 13th 2008


49617 Comments


Yeah good review. I'm a big fan of Tagtren so i'll check this out.

Digging: Pantera - Power Metal

Altmer
November 13th 2008


5701 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah my favourite on this would be the first two, Don't Care and the Olzon Tracks. This doesn't make such an impression as, say, Dancing With The Dead, but there's a wealth of good material, it's just all similar so none of it really stands out.

ASberg
November 13th 2008


2161 Comments


I have heard some pretty bad things about this album here in Sweden. Peter rules but Pain never stuck with me so i don't think i'll be checking this out.

jingledeath
November 13th 2008


7101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review.Monkey Business and the Ozlon tracks would be my favorites.

Error in the track list.It should be I'm going IN not ON.you put that in the review once as well.

Altmer
November 13th 2008


5701 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

woops I'll fix it it's a typo

Wizard
November 13th 2008


20209 Comments


Really good review. Unfortunately, Hypocrisy + Pain = complete shit. Peter Tagtgren should just stick to producing.

BallsToTheWall
November 14th 2008


49617 Comments


I missed the section of your review with the Annete duet. I never thought to hear Peter singign asfter his voracious growl which I love but "Follow Me" isn't really bad at all. The poppy almost technoi-sh structure reminds me of Wish I Had An Angel. I don't know how I feel about blonde Annete though.

Altmer
November 14th 2008


5701 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The whole album is based around Peter singing lol. And yeah, some of this stuff comes pretty close to Wish I Had An Angel.



Dethtrasher
November 14th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Peter should stick to Hypocrisy. Pain is just a fucking waste of time. This album is just as meh as all the other albums. The only track I like from this album is Don't Care. Very good review btw.

Shattered_Future
November 14th 2008


1560 Comments


This was the biggest "meh" of 2008 for me. I honestly don't care at all about this one way or another.

Sabottheory
November 17th 2008


355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to like PAIN very much.... heard few singles from this on YouTube - without Anette it is crap ><

BallsToTheWall
January 9th 2009


49617 Comments


Man, Follow Me is fantastic. This kind of music is Annete's stronger suit.

SylentEcho
November 24th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol at the summary. :D



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