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Pro-Pain: Run For Cover

Way, way back a long time ago, well before many metal bands began taking themselves so darned seriously, before they started wearing half the gear from their local Army Reserve battalion on stage, a lot of old school bands had a sense of humor and a sense that half the ugly growling and snarling they did on stage was part of an image. Thank the metal gods that Pro-Pain are here to remind us of those glory days.

Comprised of a series of classic underground metal songs (tunes from Celtic Frost, Motorhead and Slayer) plus a smattering of hardcore and punk tunes (Black Flag's "Damaged II," Discharge's "Never Again" and Agnostic Front's "Your Mistake"), Run For Cover is more than a halfhearted attempt to appear cool. Like all the best tribute records (and this reporter is definitely not a major fan of such collections), you not only get to learn which songs inspired the artist but also find a few tracks you might not have otherwise encountered. (Life Of Agony's excellent "Weeds" and the gleeful "Terpentin" from Germany's Bohse Onkelz--sung in the father tongue--are two that might have fallen under my radar without this collection.)

Plus, at 40 minutes, Run For Cover doesn't quite have the chance to wear out its welcome. And although the production is (Gasp!) a little too clean in some places (hardcore needs a lot, not a little dirt), this is still a great batch of songs played with starry eyes. Fun-to-read liner notes from bassist/vocalist Gary Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers) are the inspiring insult to the whole glorious injury.

Added: August 8th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beadoin
Related Link: Pro-Pain's Official Site
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Language: english

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