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Addicted to Pain: Addicted to Pain

From the moment that you begin listening to the four song EP by Addicted To Pain you will realize that there is something familiar going on with it in the musical sense. It's not a sound that is entirely new, but also certainly not one that is dated on the same token. I can safely say this much about it leaving you with a sense of knowing exactly what is going on with its tracks without needing to involve yourself too deeply into the release. You will either like it or hate it, and there is no middle ground to be worried about. The band is made up of Biohazard's original guitarist Leo Curley who also handles the vocals on this one along with Bob Horvath and Gregory Nash on bass and drums respectively. Three players that have been around the block in terms of their involvement in the heavy music scene. After a couple of listens I felt that this reminded me a little bit of mid-career Biohazard based on some of the riffs and also the more Sludgy-Doom Metal bands like Crowbar and perhaps even a couple of tastes of Corrosion of Conformity thrown in for good measure. I felt there was an amalgamation of all of this going on here. Now it's important to know that I am not at all measuring up Addicted To Pain against these Metal luminaries in any fashion but I am saying that if this is the sound that you lean most too then perhaps this new band is something that you should look into. I liked the opening track "Hear And Now" enough but really enjoyed the crunching along "Trust Me" a little more since it had a killer groove. "Abigail" kicks it up a notch by speeding up the delivery of the band and showcasing a different feel in the Metal sense. Curley's voice is a rougher one as opposed to a soaring melodic one but that works with this kind of material better than a Timo Kotipelto or Tony Kakko would since it's not that kind of band. The song is not to be confused with the number by King Diamond which I was glad to see since no one else can touch that one. "Going Going Gone" had a great drum lead in which appealed to me but while the riffs were singing the vocal register by remaining the same might lose a couple of people if they were expecting more experimentation in this area. Despite the couple of reservations I had the band does show that they can play and that they deliver the good nice and heavy.

It's a promising start for a group of guys from Albany, New York that have been around and know their Metal history so I say if you like a few of the referenced bands that you should give this one a shot. The EP is not even fifteen minutes long and if you aren't willing to give something that amount of time to see if you like it, then you can go listen to a genre that doesn't require you do much more than be told its good and that you should like it without questioning those who told you to. There is far more happening in Metal than the drivel that we find on conventional radio these days. Good luck guys I hope to see you riling up the circle pit someday soon.

Track Listing:
1. Hear N Now
2. Trust Me
3. Abigail
4. Going Going Gone

Added: October 19th 2010
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
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Language: english

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