PRO-PAIN - FISTFUL OF HATE - RAW HEAD/CANDLELIGHT
Pro-pain's Fistful Of Hate will surprise fans and casual listeners alike. The band has made a name for itself with crude hardcore and unsophisticated crossover and the arrival of an album featuring lead guitars (albeit in very moderate doses), melodies and some vocal harmonies is a recent evolution for the New York-area band. The band even sounds downright technical during one instrumental interlude! The lyrics will be controversial in America. Long recognized elsewhere as the source of most evil in the world today, it is only recently that a few Americans have awakened to the reality. The text to songs like Fistful Of Hate, Freedom Rings and American Dreams are not standard CNN fare by any means. Good for Pro-pain to be a step ahead of the rest of the sheep. - Ali "The Metallian"
PRO-PAIN - PROPHETS OF DOOM - CANDLELIGHT
A 12th release in 13 years surely puts Pro-Pain near the top of the list of active bands. Most bands struggle to write fresh material every few years and one does immediately get the feeling that a lot of Prophets Of Doom is very unoriginal, nevertheless one must also keep reminding oneself that that is always preferable to wimping out or changing styles just to suit a trend. The lyrical content is fascinating and the highlight of Prophets Of Doom, with titles like Neocon, UnAmerican, Operation Blood For Oil all seemingly very anti-Bush, but not ‘anti-American,’ giving an edge to this release. On the musical front the occasional higher tempos in Getting Over and Days Of Shame do not hide the fact that this is not much more than a mid-paced pseudo hardcore album. Death Toll Rises features a short guitar solo and a catchy rhythm which helps lift the songs out of repetitiveness. Overall Pro-Pain have come up with an album that some fans may appreciate but one that doesn’t break any ground for better or worse. - Anna Tergel
PRO-PAIN - AGE OF TYRANNY – THE TENTH CRUSADE - CANDLELIGHT
Pro-Pain has turned into a killer band. It should not be a surprise given the band’s consistent improvement in recent years, but Pro-Pain is frankly one of the most under-rated metal and hardcore bands on the scene right now.
Where to begin? While maintaining a core hardcore (ha!) sound base the New Yorkers have added just enough melody, neat little ideas and well executed ditty touches to make the Age of Tyranny stand out without, and this is important, ever coming across as fluffy, wimpy or having sold out. For those who like their bass crushingly loud prepare to ask aloud, ‘D.D. who?’ This is heavy as all hell; yet full of subtle surprises which adamantly work.
In fact, Pro-Pain is now so good that a touch of operatic vocals, musical theatrics or anthemic hate vocals all come together and fit like a glove atop of the band’s heavy as lead attack on the right-wing. Speaking of which, the band still unloads a can of whoop ass on the enemy after all these years. If anyone had a clue what the term “artistic development” means then they would know this is it right here. The lyrics on this album are not to be trifled with. To quote one line or a section or passage would be to do it all injustice. The album is as courageous as it is insightful and a tribute to the band’s guts in this age of cowardice, betrayal and the right-wing media spin machine.
Whether to keep the true spirit of hardcore alive, or to revel in the band’s metallic mayhem or for the sake of speaking truth to power Age Of Tyranny – The Tenth Crusade is it. Brain and brawn; honest and heavy, Pro-Pain has what it takes. – Ali “The Metallian”