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Pro-Pain: Pro-Pain

Pro-Pain have always been one of those bands who are awarded significant underground stature by both critics and fans alike, but I've never quite been able to see what all the fuss is about. Granted, they don't totally suck, but there are a whole slew of bands doing this same thing with more imagination, and besides: how much of this plodding hardcore can one person ingest without becoming malnourished?

I'm always surprised when old hard rock bands with members over the age of 40 are considered "dinosaur rock", when the lazy, lumbering imagery the term connotates applies much more vividly to bands like Pro-Pain. They just don't seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere, and it's sad to see that the pissed off outrage that hardcore used to stand for has been mongrelized into the pitiful, indifferent posturing bands like Pro-Pain feel compelled to portray. The only song on this album I'd be willing to hear again is "Don't Kill Yourself To Live", which actually has a pretty catchy chorus. Otherwise, "Pro-Pain" is one release where the generic, unimaginative packaging gives a perfect impression of the product inside.

Added: January 1st 2004
Reviewer: SoT Archives
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Language: english

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