Label: Moon Records - none • Format: Cassette Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Ukraine • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Hardcore
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. I think I've isolated the biggest problem I have with Pro-Pain on nearly all their albums: the drumming.
It took a few spins for me to notice it, but Pro-Pain's sound suffers massively from the overly restrained, rock-based drumming that dominates the rhythm section.
Meaty, powerful riffs are castrated by a lack of intensity, moments of what would be dense chaos are replaced with airy, sluggish, tentative tapping- it's perhaps the single biggest problem that's plagued Pro-Pain's career.
This isn't to say that with a better drum presence their music would be saved, but it's with albums like "Contents Under Pressure" that I wonder what could have been.
I'm surprisingly comfortable with saying that this album has some spots of genuine quality on it; of Pro-Pain's early period, this is probably the most tolerable and consistent album they produced. It's not without its flaws many, but what's more dissatisfying about this album than merely being mediocre is how it's kneecapped at every turn by dumb decisions that other bands would have easily sidestepped.
This is the point in Pro-Pain's career where the Absinthe (General Midi Mix) - General Midi - Absinthe influence becomes predominant; frankly, this album has more in common with hard rock than hardcore, and much to my chagrin, it's generally to the album's benefit.
By letting the cocky swagger of post-Guns 'N' Roses riffcraft hang out in full, Pro-Pain instantly develops a thousand times more personality than they had on their first couple full-lengths. The natural sluggishness of the band's music at least at this point in their discography lends itself much better to this beefed-up hard rock sound than the half-hardcore they specialized in before.
While many of the tracks can tend to drone, the simple, engaging riffs and relatively focused song structures keep this much more interesting than albums like "The Foul Taste of Freedom. Apart from being crippled by a borderline nonexistent drum presence, the incredibly dry, reedy production that afflicts all of Pro-Pain's early work strikes again, and perhaps in a more devastating manner than ever before. The thin, midsy guitar tone and flabby oddly electronic-sounding drums tend to turn what would otherwise be solid, enjoyable hard Against The Grain - Pro-Pain - Contents Under Pressure songs into withered parodies of their ideals.
Metal, hardcore, and hard rock are not genres which typically thrive off an excess of empty space in Saigo No Rakuen - Various - Island Music production, and that's what "Contents Under Pressure" has more than anything: empty space.
Every note sounds like it's being played in a warehouse of some kind- not echoing dramatically, mind you, but sort of evaporating into nothing. The sound has no staying power, and the already middling music courtesy of the substandard drumming does very little to ameliorate this deficiency. Unfortunately, due to a hesitant percussive section and atrocious mixing job, what might have been the band's first shot at glory just becomes a somewhat more successful than usual failure.
The standard advice for this era applies: if you truly need to explore Pro-Pain, start with "Act of God" and proceed forward from there. What can said Against The Grain - Pro-Pain - Contents Under Pressure Pro-Pain? They make heavy metal and every album is great! They dont change their formula, and Against The Grain - Pro-Pain - Contents Under Pressure should they?
Every release is really worth your money! Contents under Pressure starts with Crush. Great song with nice riffs and the chorus you will be singing all day; I'm gonna crush, kill,destroy!
Crush, This song has a groove feeling but still has a good tempo. Gunya Down and The mercy killings have a crossover sound. Contents under Pressure is a standard Pro-pain track. Against the grain has a real nice intro, starts of a little slow but gets faster during the track, more a groove track.
Box city is the fastest track of this release, really fuckin great riffs! Odd man out is also an enjoyable track. The album finishes with Political Suicide, great track with some hardcore breakdowns but still thrashy!
Overall this is just an great album! Just like all the other Pro-Pain releases. If you get the chance to see them live, then don't hestitate, I'm sure you will enjoy it!! Epic, this album is not. But it's great, solid heavy fucking metal, and at times very nice and New Amphetamine Shriek - The Fugs, The Holy Modal Rounders - Fugs 4, Rounders Score. In any case, the album is entirely supported by a sequence of solid, heavy, headbangable riffs, and pretty much goes from point A to point Z without stopping to suck in the middle.
The album manages to accomplish a great sense of groove without fucking around with loser ideas like half-thrash riffs in the vein of "Walk" - the riff work is solid Imagine one long Nuclear Assault thrash break, this is it. The problem the album suffers from is Against The Grain - Pro-Pain - Contents Under Pressure it tends to get weaker from beginning to end There are definitely highlights among the entrails as well, though - such as the bludgeoning "Against the Grain", or the nice fast riffing of "Box City" in the pre-chorus parts.
Is this a punk album? At times the stylistic tendencies Against The Grain - Pro-Pain - Contents Under Pressure punkish. But it's old-school punk like the Ramones, none Light Flow - Maxim Hix - Cosmodrom EP this new "core" bullshit like Hatebreed or any of this crap.
It is yet another in the series of decent Pro-Pain albums, not too different than what came before it or after it. They do what they do, and they do it well. Metal Archives loading Username Password Login.
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