Pro-Pain – Act Of God

It took an unpleasantly long time, but Pro-Pain finally cranked out an album that’s mildly enjoyable to listen.  It’s not incredible by any standard, but it is in fact listenable, which is a step up from their previous works.  I’m actually willing to listen to this and pay some vague attention to it.  Good job, Pro-Pain!

Pro-Pain on this album took something of a step back from their pure hardcore sound and started to reincorporate the thrash/groove material they occasionally experimented with, but this time also added a helping of hard rock.  To my amazement, it actually helps the music out dramatically, giving it some of the added focus and momentum that it had been missing for so long.  The uptempo sections are decidedly rocking and get you moving while the slower, more hardcore and metal influenced sections are interesting enough to keep your attention.  It’s not incredibly by any means but it WORKS.

The production is clean and strong and present, which is quite good for such immediate music.  As usual, it’s simple instrumentally and in writing, but in this case the simplicity is functional and solid throughout.  It’s not fascinating, but it grabs my attention at certain point.  Hell, maybe Pro-Pain should just become a full-fledged rock band, as when those influences come out in full they’re at their best.

Congrats, Pro-Pain.  You’ve managed to make a decent album that I’m willing to listen to on occasion.  Those who hated the band’s previous releases might be persuaded to check this one out and give them a second chance.  Keep your expectations low but your mind open and you might find enough fun here to be worth your time.


~ by noktorn on September 1, 2008.

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