It took me awhile to figure out if I liked Pain. I think the band name’s pretty cheesy and unoriginal, like Death. They’re also industrial, and at first they didn’t stand out as much to me as i:scintilla does. Then I really listened and really studied their newest album, Cynic Paradise. The album is a great comedic summary of how the band seriously feels. And that’s where I got intrigued.
The more I studied this album, the more I got attached to it, and I ended up absolutely loving it. They tackle the lack of glamor and honesty in my favorite track, “Clouds of Ecstasy”, where they really tackle the nonsense that goes on in Hollywood’s artificial atmosphere. “Monkey Business” tackles similar fakes and liars, calling them out while delivering unbelievable industrial anthems that just blow you away. The band thoroughly, completely and entirely calls out people they can’t respect or dignify, and they do it bluntly, but with enough tact to really understand what they’re talking about.
“Reach Out (And Regret)” and the incredibly fierce & catchy “Follow Me” with Anette Olzon of Nightwish continue the eager, aggressive industrial/metal force with feeling most new music doesn’t have. When I think of ‘damn the Man’ bands, historically I think of the hippie generation mostly. Having such strong messages about corruption, scandals and falsehoods from a band in such a genre is by far the most original and most interesting aspect of Pain. These are intelligent guys, with a lot to say, and I know this will sound comical but they have the strongest opinion out of anyone I’ve ever heard from Sweden, of all places!
Pain is a outspoken, brilliantly talented industrial metal band with some of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard in quite awhile. They’re a band to blare loud and proud, with lyrics that stick. I’m a fan, a big big fan, and I recommend it to anyone who likes to rock out. With meaning.
Get the album here.